Cluck, Cluck, Cluck

SI8214 Desert Retreat step 22

Turquoise gates are painted with a mix of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. The lighter portion is the same mixture with additional White.

SI8214 Desert Retreat step 24

The old Mesquite door is made of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Red Light + a little more Alizarin Crimson + White. This is almost exactly like the front door of our home, we love the little Speakeasy window!

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Now let’s tile the floor. The entire surface is completely covered with the light and shadow pattern. The blue at the back of both levels makes the floor recede. Then the perspective lines are drawn freehand into the wet paint with a fine liner brush.

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The lower level in the foreground remains in shadow. This acts as a “Threshold”, directing the viewer’s eye to the lighter area beyond. Think of standing outside on a warm summer’s eve. The front door of your home is open, revealing the well lit interior. Your gaze is drawn through the darkness, across the threshold of the door to the light inside. In this painting your eye is directed to the sunny courtyard and the desert landscape through the open gate. The “Threshold” technique also helps to give the art a feeling of depth.

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Now it’s time to add the Yellow and Green chili peppers to our Ristra. You can click on this or any of the other images to enlarge them.

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CLUCK, CLUCK, CLUCK. Our little hen is looking for crumbs and goodies to eat while the Rooster keeps watch. We’ll be planting in our next session. Hope you’ll come help 🙂 Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG



2 Responses to “Cluck, Cluck, Cluck”

  1. Gmail Says:

    I love it! Can’t wait to hang it in our new home. Hugs back to you, Erika

    Sent from Erika’s iPad


  2. G. F Says:

    I love your painting!!!

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