Cannas, Geraniums and Terra Cotta Tile

SA0113 Step 17

Since the landscape through the archway is primarily green, I want the flowers and foliage closest to the arch to be in the red-pink-orange family. Placing the complimentary colors, red and green, next to each other makes each appear more vibrant. Red leaf Canna Lilies are perfect here, they are washed in with Alizarin Crimson + Liquin and Sap Green + Liquin.

SA0113 Step 18

Red and salmon colored Geraniums are planted in the terra-cotta containers. White Daisies nestle at the base of the Canna Lilies. The soft coolness of the blue and purple shadows makes them drop back.

SA0113 Step 19

White petals highlighted by the sun are added along with the warm orange and yellow centers of the Daises. Now let’s move to the top of the piece. I was recently asked if I use any greens directly from the tube. For the most part I mix all of the greens used in my paintings. However, there are some instances where Sap Green and Viridian Green Hue come in handy. This is one of those times. These colors make a wonderful under wash when mixed with Liquin, as in the Sap Green used in the Canna Lilies by the distance arch. Washes of the two greens are jumbled together to make the base coat of the vines hanging over the foreground arches.

SA0113 Step 20A

The light and shadow patterns on the floor are painted with a large Bright brush. Notice how the far edge of the distant floor under the arch and also the back of the foreground shadow are made cooler or bluer. This is so they will recede.

SA0113 Step 20B

Perspective lines delineating the terra-cotta tiles are drawn in freehand with a fine liner brush. I can’t use the mahl stick here, it would limit the movement of my arm and the lines wouldn’t be smooth. To see this more clearly just click on the picture to enlarge it.

SA0113 Step 20C

The horizontal lines separating the individual pavers are now pulled into the wet paint of the floor. The edges of the tiles caught by the light are accentuated with a lighter mix of the terra-cotta color. Penstemon fills the lower left corner and we’re done for today’s session. We should finish up tomorrow, hope you’ll come watch. Smiles and Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

Thought you might enjoy seeing some of Jack’s work. I don’t know if you know that he taught me to paint! CLICK HERE to visit his website.

2 Responses to “Cannas, Geraniums and Terra Cotta Tile”

  1. Peggy Says:

    Thanks for putting Jack’s art at the bottom.
    We have and enjoy his work!!
    Love you,
    Peggy and Leon

  2. rodicaluminitafont Says:

    Reblogged this on rodicaluminitafont.

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