Embracing Serenity

SA0213 Embracing Serenity Step 11A

The shadows on the terra-cotta tile floor are painted with mixes of various proportions of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange. A touch of Cadmium Red Light is added for the brighter, warmer tiles in the foreground. The far edge of both shadow areas is made cooler so it will drop back.

SA0213 Embracing Serenity Step 11B

White is added to the shadow mixtures to make the sunlit portion of the floor. Then the lines separating the individual tiles are drawn with a fine liner brush dipped in a thin wash of MUD + Liquin.

SA0213 Embracing Serenity Step 11C

Edges of the tiles illuminated by the sun are highlighted. I decided Blue-Green containers would be a nice complement to the Red Doors and distant bluffs.

SA0213 Embracing Serenity Step 12

It’s fun to paint the water splashing down from the upper tier of the fountain. I let my brush skip and hop over the underlying paint to give the impression of moving water. California Poppies add a Hot POP of color in the foreground, helping to bring more depth to the piece.

SA0213 Embracing Serenity Step 13

We have a surprise visitor to our garden today, a Hummingbird. He is happily feeding on the Red Salvia I planted in front of the fountain. To see this or any of the other pictures enlarged just click on the image.

SA0213 Embracing Serenity Step 14

White Hollyhocks are blocked in Flowers First, Leaves Last. When I was designing the painting I thought their upright growth would provide a nice contrast to the round shapes of the California Poppies and Sunflowers.

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Happy Sunflowers complete our courtyard garden. Feel free to wander through, enjoying the Embracing Serenity of the burbling fountain accompanied by the soft squeaks of the Hummingbird. Walk on out into the landscape and drink in the view that Georgia O’Keefe so dearly loved. Thank you for visiting our studio today, it’s been a pleasure to have you. Smiles and Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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5 Responses to “Embracing Serenity”

  1. Peggy Black Says:

    Beautifiul!

  2. Janet Zeh Says:

    Ah, that looks very lovely, Mikki. So warm and inviting. Especially as it’s so cold here in the frozen tundra! 🙂

  3. zlotogoura Says:

    Beautiful painting and I love your emails, keep it up!

  4. Kathy Leigh Berkowitz Says:

    Greetings, Mikki! Beautiful 🙂 Your work is absolutely brilliant!

  5. Paul O'Brien Says:

    I agree with Janet; a breath of fresh air for those of us battling the cold snap. This painting reminds us that winter will eventually lead us to spring. Beautiful job on this piece as always! Tell Jack it makes me long for shorts and flip flops.

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