Arches, Columns and Terra-Cotta Tile

The farthest arches are painted bluer. Coming forward they are made warmer and darker. The far, or left, edge of the underside of the arch I’m working on is overpainted with Ultramarine Blue + White. This makes that edge recede. Artists work on a two-dimensional surface attempting to make it appear three-dimensional. The rule Warm Colors come forward, Cool Colors go back is one of the most important in helping artists add depth to their work.

To make the columns look round they are highlighted on the left side since the light is coming from that direction. The right edge of the columns are made blue to make them turn.

The entire surface of the terra-cotta tile floor is blocked in with the light and shadow pattern, painting around the chairs. I don’t worry about being totally exact, I just want to leave enough of the underlying sketch to use as a guide when I paint the wrought iron chairs.

The perspective lines of the tiles are drawn with a fine liner brush dipped in a mix of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. This is done free hand; bracing my wrist on the mahl stick would limit my movement. I wouldn’t be able to make a smooth line.

Now the horizontal line separating the tiles are drawn. If you would like to see any of these images larger just click on the picture.

I definitely use the mahl stick to delineate the chairs. A mixture of Pthalo Blue + Alizarin Crimson makes a rich black that is perfect for the wrought iron. I’ve washed in the wine in the glasses with Alizarin Crimson + Liquin. I’ll let that dry before coming back and painting the glasses. Thank you for following along today. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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One Response to “Arches, Columns and Terra-Cotta Tile”

  1. Janet Zeh Says:

    Mikki, it’s always such a joy to watch your paintings progress. This is beautiful!

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