Red Gate, Yellow Chair

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The shadow of the red gate is painted with a mix of Magenta + Cadmium Red Deep. Then pure Cadmium Red Light is used for that portion in the sun.

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I love wrought iron hardware. My wrist is braced on a mahl stick to steady my hand as I delineate the fine detail of the gate latch. What is a mahl stick? CLICK HERE to find out.

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The shadows on the satillo tile are painted first. The floor toward the back, at the base of the gate, is made bluer or cooler. This makes it recede. In representational painting artists work on a two dimensional surface, attempting to make it appear three dimensional. There are simple rules that help to accomplish this. One of them is: Cool Colors Go Back, Warm Colors Come Forward. Notice I’ve made the distant part of the stair step wall where it intersects with the gate wall bluer so it falls back.

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After the sunlit portion of the floor is painted the curved perspective lines of the pavers are drawn in. I have to do this freehand. Using the mahl stick would limit my movement, I couldn’t make the lines with a smooth curve.

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Horizontal lines separating the individual tiles are drawn and then I come back to highlight the edges of the pavers touched by the sun.

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Mixes of Cadmium Yellow Medium + a bit of Cadmium Orange + a little MUD are used for the parts of the yellow chair in shadow. Cadmium Yellow Medium is reserved for where the sun lights the chair. After seeing the piece sketched up on the canvas Kathy asked me to make the bottom edge of the board on the front of the chair straight, without the zigzag. No Problem!

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Now, let’s add a little spice to this piece. Thick brushstrokes with lots of texture form the individual peppers of the chili ristra. Remember, if you’d like to see any of these pictures larger just click on the image.

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Tomorrow we’ll begin gardening. If you’d like to help bring a pair of gloves, I love having company to assist in planting the flowers. See ya!

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

One Response to “Red Gate, Yellow Chair”

  1. debbienana1608 Says:

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