Rock Walls

Washington Crossing barn 2 close up

The majority of the stone buildings in Bucks County have a light grout. The barn at Washington Crossing Historic Park is typical of the local stonework.

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So I take a different approach to painting the walls in this piece. I must admit I did a bit of experimenting before I finally got the technique worked out, the wall on the left is finished. But you can see the first step on the right, I’m covering the entire area with the lighter grout color. Since this wall is in shadow it’s fairly dark.

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Next I come back and add the darker field stone. I don’t want to delineate each individual rock but rather try to be as impressionistic as possible, giving the feel of the rough stone wall. I’m careful to vary the size of the “Rock” brushstrokes, I don’t want them to look like polka dots.

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Now let’s work on the wall washed by sunlight. I follow the same method here, the grout color is painted first. The shadow area is made darker. If you would like to see any of the images larger just click on the picture.

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Then the rocks are added, worked wet-into-wet on top of the initial coat. The stones in the sunlight are made lighter in value than those in the shadow. A bit of the lighter color is left exposed between the rocks, giving the appearance of grout. All of the colors in the stone wall are mixed from varying proportions of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. Orange is the predominant color in all of the mixtures. MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) is added to make the darker colors. The paint for the mill, mixed from these very same colors, contained more blue to make it recede. Thanks for following along today. Have a great evening and please come back soon. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik


3 Responses to “Rock Walls”

  1. Alison Says:

    I am thoroughly enjoying watching this one come together. The colour mixing and the constant reminder of dropping back and coming forward are helping me remember processes are important. Thank you Mikki for the blessing of your sharing your works in progress.
    God’s Special Blessings Alison

  2. Paul O'Brien Says:

    Although this one will be awesome when finished, I love it already. I want to walk through that archway, throw down a blanket in that spot where the sheep are. And stare at the sky until the world melts away to empty thoughts and clear mind. Ahhhh.

  3. Gary Rush Says:

    I really like the change in locales. Very inspiring!

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