A Special Visitor

2013-1-13 Paul and Mikki

We had a special visitor this weekend. Paul O’Brien is not only a Team Senkarik member, he’s a dear friend from childhood. It was such a treat to see him again after all these years. Jack and I had a wonderful time swapping stories with Paul as he took over our kitchen and cooked us a couple of tasty gourmet dinners. The visit ended far too soon! Big hugs to his wife, Nancy, and their two boys who weren’t able to make the trip.

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Enough playing, now it’s back to the easel. After blocking in the Bouganvillea with several shades of Permanant Rose + White, work begins on the architecture. Dovecotes are structures that are basically birdhouses for doves and pigeons to nest. We’ve seen them all over Tuscany and I thought it would be fun to include a small one over the arch in this Tuscan courtyard.

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The dark stone archway frames the distant village of San Gimignano. Terra Cotta pavers add a nice detail to the top of the opening. One of my readers asked why I paint so many arches. I really don’t have an answer other than I love archways and find them more visually pleasing than square openings. Besides providing “Frames” within the painting, arches are fun to landscape with flowers and vines.

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Lots of cool adobe colors are mixed for the stone walls of the courtyard. The basis of the various combinations are Ultramarine Blue and Cadmium Orange. MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) is added for the shadow tones while White is combined into the mixes for the lighter ones. All of these shades lean to the blue, or cool side of the spectrum so the walls will go back. Remember the basic rule: Warm Colors come forward, Cool Colors go back.

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The windows, shutters and door are Pthalo Blue + a tiny bit of Cadmium Orange + White. If you would like to enlarge any of the pictures just click on the image.

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Although I don’t particularly care for eating this spice, painting ropes of garlic are such a treat. The basic shapes are painted first with various blues, lavenders and tans. Then the root ends are indicated with a mix of Alizarin Crimson + Liquin. The braided tops the ropes hang from will be added last. Thanks for joining us today. Have a great one and hope to see you again soon. Smiles and Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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2 Responses to “A Special Visitor”

  1. Ranju Ahluwalia Says:

    Hi Mikki , your work is awsome and so beautiful . your story also very touching. god bless you. I am also a very raw artist . still strugling .

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