Constucting a Painting

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Making a painting is much like building a home. First acquire the land (paint the distant landscape); then construct the building. After the wall of the arch is blocked in I draw the delicate twigs of the Wisteria into the wet paint with a fine liner brush.

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Now for the Crimson Door leading into our structure. The bright red pops with all of the green in the background. Green is the complimentary color, or across the color wheel from Red. By designing the piece with the two in close proximity the red appears even more intense.

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Next let’s lay the terra cotta tiles for the courtyard floor. The entire surface is covered, establishing the light and shadow patterns.

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Using the same fine liner brush as on the Wisteria twigs the perspective lines are drawn freehand, etching them into the thick paint of the floor.

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After the horizontal lines separating the individual tiles are made I go back and highlight the edges of the pavers caught by the sunlight. To enlarge this or any of the other pictures just click on the image.

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The large terra cotta containers are placed in the courtyard and construction is done. Hope you’ll bring your gardening gloves tomorrow, we’ll be planting! Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

2 Responses to “Constucting a Painting”

  1. Jo Allebach Says:

    Hi, I just love your and Jack’s contribution to the art world. You’ve helped me very much.
    I was wondering the size of most of your paintings? I realize you paint the tiny ones too.

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Jo, Thank you for your kind words. Most of my gallery paintings range from 20″ x 24″ to 36″ x 48″. I do the minis for eBay, they are mostly 6″ x 6″ and 10″ x 10″. The largest piece I’ve ever done was 6 feet x 8 feet! Here’s a link to the first post in that blog series. Just click on the small blue title in the upper right corner to advance through the posts. https://mikkisenkarik.wordpress.com/2010/01/12/a-fresh-blank-canvas/
      I appreciate you reading my blog. HAPPY PAINTING! Mikki and Jack

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