Ancient Terra Cotta Pavers

SK9114 Step 36

It’s time to paint the courtyard floor. My colors are mixed and laid out on the palette. All of the browns are mixes of the same colors: MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange. The lighter mixtures have White added in. Isn’t it amazing how many different mixtures you can make using various proportions of the same colors? The mixes to the right of the browns are pulled out from my saved paints on the left side of the palette.

SK9114 Step 37

The shadows on the floor are blocked in first. Textured brushstrokes are used, they will contribute to the feeling of the old, worn pavers. Notice the blues and greens at the most distant edge on each level. This makes the floor recede and “Lay Down”. Even the back edge of the front shadow is made bluer so it will go back.

SK9114 Step 38

After painting the lighter part of the courtyard floor the perspective lines of the irregular pavers are drawn into the wet paint with a fine liner brush. This is done freehand without using the mahl stick. It would limit the movement of my arm, making it difficult to draw the gentle curve of the tiles.

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The rock wall of the planter in the foreground is painted in a similar sequence as the floor. The entire surface area is covered first, then the crevices between the rocks are indicated. I don’t completely outline each rock, I just want to give the impression of the old stones.

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I LOVE fountains. That was one of the very first things we installed in our garden when we moved to our new home/studio. The burble and trickle of water is so soothing. Mixes of Viridian Green + Cadmium Orange + MUD + White are used for this water feature. The basic shape of the pineapple top is blocked in to begin with, then the criss cross pattern is drawn.

SK9114 Step 42

The water in the lower basin reflects up onto the bottom of the upper bowl. This is indicated by the rim of blue along the lower edge. The side of the fountain pedestal is made a little bluer at the base because the water also reflects onto it.

SK9114 Step 43

We’re done for this session. When the fountain is a little drier I’ll add the water cascading down. Do remember, you can enlarge any of the pictures by clicking on the image. Thanks for following along today! Hugs,

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4 Responses to “Ancient Terra Cotta Pavers”

  1. joannecali Says:

    absolutely beautiful. thank you for sharing the technical secrets of your amazing creations.

  2. wafaa Says:

    Hello Mikki, I’m happy to start copying your magnificent ( Highway 1 Escape) I love the Wisterias very much but i faced a problem with the the color Dioxazine Purple,
    I live in Turkey and it seems that this color is not known here. so what do you think is the closest color or mix to replace it. Another question, the size of your canvas is 45 X 70 while mine is 50 X 70) how do you think I can sole this problem…do you think I can extend the scene up and down appropriately… or copy the sketch the size of my canvas and that’s all… Thank you for being patient with me….

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Wafaa, Here is a mixture that will give you some nice purples. It’s not Dioxazine Purple but it will work nicely for the Wisteria. Use Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson + White. Try various proportions to get the color you want. Then you can also add A TOUCH of Pthalo Blue to that mix to brighten the purple. Don’t need much but it makes a different shade for your Wisteria.
      As far as your canvas size I think you can just extend the scene up and down appropriately. HAPPY PAINTING, Mikki

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