The Mill

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In the twenty some years I’ve been doing pieces for Santa Fe I haven’t painted this many trees! I was so excited to get going I forgot to get an earlier progress shot. It seems appropriate to be working with all these lucious greens on Saint Patrick’s Day. Following the rule Cool Colors go back, Warm Colors come forward I make the most distant trees bluer so they will recede.

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Painting forward the green of the trees becomes warmer and more intense. Do you notice how those in the background are dropping into the distance?

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Work begins on the mill. I start with the roof, using cool grays mixed with various combinations of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White.

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I use the same combination of colors to make the warm wood tones of the building. More Cadmium Orange is added to the mixture than in the previous step.  It’s amazing the range of colors you can get mixing Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + White. I also mix in a little MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) for the darker values.

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The rock portion of the walls are made by scumbling both the roof and wall colors together. The water wheel and split rain fences finish out Bromley Mill. To enlarge the picture just click on the image.


Saint Patrick’s Day is special to us. This is the anniversary of the day we adopted our two rescue kitties, Molly and Sissie. We can hardly believe we’ve had them two years, seems like the girls have been with us forever.


A day never goes by that we don’t get a few laughs from our kitties’ antics! Can you see Miss Mockingbird out on the shepherd’s hook? She is scolding the girls, she’s already pecked Molly on the head when we were out gardening! Hope you’ll come back soon to follow the progress on my Bucks County Painting. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik


2 Responses to “The Mill”

  1. Bob Ragland Says:

    Glad to see your step by step here.
    Process has always been interesting to me.
    I just viewed some Andrew Wyeth video data . Word is , he never used a camera, always pencil sketches.

  2. Eugénie Says:

    Hello Miss Senkarik,
    Thank you for all those pictures and words, they are very encouraging.
    I’m myself about to start a huge project: an oil on canvas, 10 feet wild, 9 feet and 6 inches high.
    That is my biggest project so far, and I don’t know how to purchase a canvas this big. I would like to buy it obviously) without frame (just like a roll), but have no idea where to buy it, and if this size canvas need special treatment. Would you have any suggestion for me?
    Thanks a lot, and again congratulation on your art work!

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