Settin’ Tile

Today we’re working on the satillo tile floor of the courtyard. But first let’s paint the stairs between the two levels. The upright, side plane of each step is darker than the flat, upper surface. This is because sunlight from above hits the top plane directly; it receives more illumination than the side of the step.

The shadow areas of the ancient paver floor are blocked in first. I use a variety of colors here. The basic mixtures are combinations of Cadmium Orange + a touch of Pthalo Blue + MUD + White. Some of the cool greens and blues from the background landscape are worked into the most distant tiles of both levels. This makes them recede.

The sunlit portion of the satillo tiles are painted. Cadmium Orange + White is added to the same mixtures used for the rest of the courtyard. Then the perspective lines between the tiles are drawn into the wet paint of the floor with a fine liner brush. I do this freehand, bracing against the mahl stick would limit my movement, preventing me from making a smooth, straight line.

Next the horizontal lines separating the individual tiles are drawn. Remember, if you would like to see any of these pictures larger just click on the image.

The tiles on the lower level of the courtyard are delineated in the same manner. The final step laying tile is to highlight the edges of the pavers caught by the sun. So, how do you like Settin’ Tile? Thanks for helping today, hope you have a wonderful evening. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

2 Responses to “Settin’ Tile”

  1. Sandy Wegmann Says:

    Love the blues! This is absolutely beautiful!

  2. Howard Cooperman Says:

    Mikki, your paintings never cease to amaze me. They are always so inviting. They welcome the viewer to want to walk into the scene. I’m looking forward to see how you complete this one with pots and flowers.

    Being able to see the landscape in the distance from the doorway is so captivating. I can visualize myself getting lost for hours at a time looking at it on my wall. No wonder you have such a collector base!

    Hope it’s sold before completion.

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