Terra-Cotta Tile Courtyard

The lantern is drawn over the wet paint of the wall. Some of the stone color comes through giving the glass a translucent appearance. You can click the image to enlarge the picture.

The red-orange Trumpet Vine is painted: Flowers First, Leaves Last. Mixtures of Cadmium Red Light + Alizarin Crimson and Cadmium Red Light + Cadmium Orange are used for the blossoms. Long trailing vines, streaming down the wall add interest.

Now for the courtyard pavers. The light and shadow pattern on the terra-cotta tile floor is blocked in first. Blue is added to the floor in the back near the boulders to make it recede. Then the perspective lines are drawn freehand into the wet paint. This is done without the mahl stick, giving me complete freedom of movement in order to make the lines smooth.

Next the horizontal lines separating the terra-cotta tiles are drawn with my fine liner brush.

The edges of the pavers are highlighted and we are done with the floor. WOW, all that warmth we are getting in the foreground really makes the Big Sur coastline begin to drop way into the distance. What do you think? A bit of Cadmium Red Light is added to the tile mixtures to paint the terra-cotta containers for the red Azaleas. Alizarin Crimson + a tiny touch of White makes a beautiful deep red that is just perfect for these fluffy spring flowers.

After the foliage is painted I go back and indicate the deep centers of the individual flowers with Magenta. We will finish out the planting in our next session. Hope you will come watch. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

Website: www.senkarik.com

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