A Cool Door

SD3814 Hands Across Taos Step 1A

My collector took the picture above at the Taos Pueblo in New Mexico. Isn’t this the coolest door? Travis asked if I could paint it with the “Senkarik” touch. NO PROBLEM.

Sketch Travis 2 version 2

Pulling out my sketchbook and Sharpie pen I got to work. Here is the sketch……….

SD3814 Hands Across Taos Step 2

The basic outline is drawn up on the canvas in a thin oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. The shadow patterns are also established at this time.

SD3814 Hands Across Taos Step 3

The old adobe wall is painted with mixes of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. A little MUD is added for the shadows.  The cast shadows of the vigas are made a little cooler, or bluer, at the very ends. If you would like to learn more about our Double Primary Color Mixing System CLICK HERE.

SD3814 Hands Across Taos Step 4

Bracing my wrist on a mahl stick steadies my hand to paint the details of the American Flag hanging inside the window of the door. What is a mahl stick? CLICK HERE to find out!

SD3814 Hands Across Taos Step 5

First the door is painted solid white. Next I come back and delineate the hand prints into the wet paint. What a fun challenge! All the while I was working on this I kept thinking what a great time the people who originally put the prints on the door had.

SD3814 Hands Across Taos Step 6

Stars complete the flag and a Red Orange Trumpet Vine cascades down over the door. Thank you for following along today. Hope you’ll come back and visit again soon. Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

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