Back to Sedona


SA0714 Step 1

Now, let’s get to work. This is another piece for our new gallery in Sedona, EXPOSURES Fine Art. The basic plan is sketched up on my canvas and I’m ready to begin painting.

SA0714 Step 2

The background is blocked in first with mixtures of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White. A lighter shade is used near the top of the wall and through the opening above the gate. This will draw the viewer’s eye to the mystery beyond the courtyard. You’ll see how this works when we’re farther along. Then I move to the roof tiles. The entire area is thickly covered with siennas made of various proportions of MUD + Cadmium Orange + a bit of White. Some of the background color is worked into the tiles, giving the feeling of moss growing on them. To learn more about our Double Primary Color Mixing System CLICK HERE.

SA0714 Step 3

The upper portion of the wall is roughed in so I can drag the Wisteria over the wet paint of the adobe. The Wisteria is painted in my usual sequence: Flowers First, Leaves Last. #1. The mass of blooms is painted first with mixes of Dioxazine Purple + White. #2. Then the green leaves are added, working around the flower color to help shape the blossoms. #3. Petals and leaves are highlighted as well as delineating the trunks of the vine.

SA0714 Step 4

We’ve got the Wisteria planted. Why do I paint the flowers first? This helps to keep my blossom color bright and crisp. It the leaves were blocked in first, my brush would pick up some of the green when painting the blooms, making their color muddy. So you see, there is method in my madness! If you would like to see this or any of the other pictures enlarged just click on the image. Thanks for visiting our studio today. Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

2 Responses to “Back to Sedona”

  1. Tracy Says:

    Hi Mikki
    Congrats on the inevitable success of your Paintables! For the 2.0 version, perhaps sell a small kit with the paints needed for the painting? Thanks!

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Tracy,
      Great idea. The only problem is we would have to buy A LOT of paint up front to keep the prices reasonable for our artists. I wish we could do this but we’d have to invest thousands of dollars to be able to purchase the paints inexpensively enough to make affordable kits. You can buy the paints at at almost wholesale. Thank you for the suggestion. We appreciate you being a member of Team Senkarik. Hugs, Mikki

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