Saint Francis

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Now for some of the fun details. Using a bit of the adobe color that was saved I repaint the area around the lantern. This allows me to work wet-into-wet. It’s much easier to make the straight lines when the paint is fresh and pliable. The dark back is made with lots of blue added to give the impression of overlying glass. Then I paint the rusty top. I’m braced against the mahl stick in order to steady my hand as the fine detail is painted. What is a mahl stick? CLICK HERE to find out.

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The highlight on the front glass is dragged over the fresh adobe paint and dark back. Then the uprights and crossbars of the lantern are drawn in.

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Sarah and Jim have another piece of mine with a rooster and specifically requested one in this piece.  The other is a wall plaque so I decided a terra-cotta rooster planter would be fun sitting in the nicho. The back edge of the rooster’s neck is lined with blue, this makes it appear round. To see the picture larger just click on the picture.

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Ivy fills the little rooster. The vine draping down adds interest in the dark corner of the front portico.

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I paint around St. Francis with the leftover adobe color. This way I can soften some of the edges as I work. Notice his far shoulder, the softness of the edge makes it fall back. This is another of those simple rules that help give dimension to a painting: Soft edges go back; Hard edges come forward.

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The sculpture is painted with mixes of Ultramarine Blue + a little Cadmium Orange + White and Ultramarine Blue + a bit of Alizarin Crimson + White. MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) is added for the darker shadows.

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All that remains to be done on Saint Francis is to let the water spill into the basin below. I’ll do that later when the paint is drier. This way my brush will skip and bump over the roughness of the underlying surface, making it look like the water is flowing. Hope you’ll come back soon, we’ll be laying the satillo tile on the courtyard floor next. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

One Response to “Saint Francis”

  1. Gonny v.d. Horn-Rijsdijk Says:

    Hi Mikki,
    My friend found a way of making our own painting stick!
    We bought an umbrella with a bend handle, stript it from the umbrella taped the naked stick to cover the small holes and yep… works great costs €3,50 !or any old umbrella…
    big hug Gonny

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