Laying Pavers

SG6314 Step 16

The old cow skull brings a nice rustic touch to the courtyard. The dark lintel above the gate accentuates the sunwashed bone painted with mixes of White + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue. My wrist is braced on a mahl stick to steady my hand as I delineate the fine detail.

SG6314 Step 17

Morning Glory Vine cascades over the house, giving a cheery welcome to anyone who enters the front door. I use some special colors here for the blossoms, Dioxazine Purple and Magenta.

SG6314 Step 18

The door and gate have been painted with light and dark shades of Pthalo Blue + White. Now let’s turn to the terra cotta paver floor.

SG6314 Step 19

The entire surface of the floor is covered, establishing the light and shadow patterns. Then I draw the perspective lines into the wet paint with a fine liner brush. This is done freehand, using a mahl stick would limit the movement of my hand. It would be difficult to make the lines straight.

SG6314 Step 20

Adding the horizontal lines separating the individual pavers completes the floor. Moving to the stairs I use the same theory as on the tiered adobe wall: Upright sides darker, Flat top surface lighter. The steps are also made lighter and cooler as they ascend so they will recede. You can CLICK on the image to view it larger.

SG6314 Step 22

The tiled base of the fountain is a mix of Cobalt Blue and Ultramarine Blue + White. Like the floor the sides were completely painted, then I came back and added the white grout lines into the blue.

2014-7-27 Back Courtyard 2 closeup

Since we’ve been painting pavers today I’ll share a little of our new garden with you. I’ve been laying pavers there too! Have a great day. Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

4 Responses to “Laying Pavers”

  1. Cathy Bast Says:

    Mikki you are amazing – thanks for sharing – Cathy Bast

  2. cmarshall28 Says:


    Do you use any brushes from Alexander Art? I always wonder that when I see your brushes.

  3. porkyxi Says:

    another great painting in the process..question..i searched your blogs but did not see an answer..i use pastels and have tried a bit of acrylic..i like to follow along in pastel as you paint..when using oils, i sometimes read elsewhere painters add oil to the painting..or even put oil on the canvas?. do you do this? i know you use the liquin to speed the oil added to slow the drying?..thanks again..and go Cowboys!!

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