I recently finished a commission wherein my collector requested a weathered Turquoise gate. I was really pleased with the result so decided to do one on this gallery painting. The base color of the gate is Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. Then I drag a lighter value of the same mixture over the darker hue. I let the brush skip and hop a little, adding texture and giving the feel of the old, weathered wood. To enlarge the picture just click on the image.
The floor of the courtyard is randomly placed pavers. Notice I’ve made it bluer toward the back, making the floor recede. Now we’ll begin planting. Yellow Black-Eyed Susans catch the sunlight cascading over the courtyard wall. The Yellow blossoms are blocked in first, then the leaves are painted.
California Poppies are added. The paint of the blooms that extend up in front of the foliage of the Black-Eyed Susans is gently laid on top of the green. I don’t want to pick up any of the color underneath and muddy the flowers.
The Hollyhock flowers are initially blocked in with blues and lavenders. These colors make up the shadows of the blossoms. The leaves are mixes of Ultramarine Blue + Lemon Yellow. When they are finished I will come back and add the pure white highlights on the large flowers.
Bright red Penstemon fills the bed under the Hollyhocks and this happy courtyard is ready to offer a Colorful Embrace to all who enter! Hope you’ll come visit our studio again. Have a great day. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik