Wine, Cheese and a Basket of Grapes

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The painting starts to change as I get the terra-cotta floor covered. The warmth here makes the cool blues in the background drop further into the distance. I block in the basic light and shadow pattern on the floor before worrying about any tile work.

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Now let’s begin laying the tile. I’m doing a little something new today, a diagonal tile pattern. I begin at the back of the floor by the door and draw in the first diagonal lines. WHEW! I think they look pretty good, so I’ll continue with the rest of the floor. To see the picture enlarged just click on the image.

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The tile work is done! I’ve thought about trying this before but didn’t have the courage. Today was the day to jump off the cliff. I have to say I’m pleased with how it turned out. The cushions of the chairs are a deep, rich Magenta that will make them part of the dark “Threshold” shadow across the front of the painting.

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The details of the heart backed chairs are drawn into the wet paint of the floor. A mix of Alizarin Crimson + Pthalo Blue makes a nice blue-black for the wrought iron. My wrist is braced on a mahl stick to steady my hand. To learn more about our mahl stick CLICK HERE.

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There are four simple steps in painting the cheery sunflowers. 1. Block in the blossoms with mixtures of Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Orange + MUD for the shadows and Cadmium Yellow Medium for the middle tone. 2. Work the green leaf color around the blossoms. I use mixes of Ultramarine Blue + Lemon Yellow for the foliage. 3. Add dark centers of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

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The fourth step is to add the highlights on the sunflowers touched by the sun. A mix of Cadmium Yellow Medium + Lemon Yellow is used to add the lightest petals. On the left Canna Lilies provide a dark upright mass that will accentuate the grapes and wine glasses on the table. The cheese and wicker basket are blocked in. The wine is washed in with Alizarin Crimson + Liquin.

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Various proportions of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White are mixed for the green grapes. A touch of white makes the highlights on the individual grapes. The reflected light on the underside of each grape is a little of the Pthalo Blue + White left over from the water. The bottle and wine filled glasses complete this romantic table for two. We should finish up tomorrow, hope you’ll come watch. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik


2 Responses to “Wine, Cheese and a Basket of Grapes”

  1. Tammy Rivers Says:

    Hi Mikki,

    When you drag your brush across to make the tiles so it stands out, what color do you use? I love the way it pops out. Thanks. Tami

    On Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 2:49 PM, Mikki Senkarik

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Tammy,
      I dip my fine liner brush into a fairly thin mix of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. This gives a little darkness to the lines separating the individual tiles. Thank you for following my blog. Hugs, Mikki

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