Charming Welcome

We saw this cool chili ladder in Old Town Albuquerque, it’s perfect for the southwest entry courtyard. Sunlight illuminates the top of the ladder leaning against the wall casting a unique shadow on the ancient adobe. The large, glazed ceramic containers are painted with various mixtures of Ultramarine Blue + Pthalo Blue + White.

Cadmium Red Deep + Magenta is mixed for the deep red chili peppers while pure Cadmium Red Deep makes the middle tones. A bit of White is added to the Cadmium Red Deep for the highlights.

The door, window and flower pots make the California Poppies glow. Blue is the complimentary color, or across the color wheel from Orange. Placing them in close proximity makes the perky Cadmium Orange Poppies appear even more intense.

After blocking in the flowers and leaves I come back with Magenta to indicate the deep crevices in the centers of the Poppies.

Daylilies fill the lower left corner. These are one of the few plants that I don’t follow my usual sequence of Flowers First, Leaves Last. It would be difficult to paint the strap-like leaves around the blossoms. So I completely render the foliage first.

The flower color is applied by “Laying” it on top of the paint underneath. I have to be very careful to not pick up any of the underlying color on my brush so it doesn’t muddy the blossoms. After the flowers are painted I make the long, graceful stems and flower buds.

Charming Welcome    24″ x 30″     Original Oil Painting

Sunlight dances across the tops of White Daisies at the base of the chili ladder to extend a Charming Welcome to the viewer. Thanks for following along today. To view the Catalog for our Collector Event CLICK HERE. I will continue to add more paintings for our show so please keep coming back. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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2 Responses to “Charming Welcome”

  1. Renuka Pillai Says:

    Dear Mikki,

    I was curious as to how you do those wonderful lines on the floor!

    Renuka

  2. Lynne Mills Says:

    I think the blue of the flower pot sitting on the window sill it too close to the blue of the shutters. I think the image would be more interesting if the pots were differentiated in some manner. I love the wisteria and the daisys…and you are getting better at the tiles

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