Painting the Mission


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My mixes are laid out and we’re ready to begin working on the Mission. The group of 3 colors around #1 are mixed with Cadmium Orange + a touch of Pthalo Blue + White. The three mixtures above the #2 are Cadmium Orange + a bit of Pthalo Blue + MUD  (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White. #3 is Ultramarine Blue + White. #4. Cadmium Orange + MUD.

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The warm and cool rule applies to the Mission as well as the landscape. I brush a little of the blue mixture #3 into the wet paint of the most distant part of the building. This cools the adobe, making it recede behind the warm tower.

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Some of you have asked to see what my palette looks like during the painting session. To get a better view, just click on the image.

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After the towers are complete the bells are painted. I brace my wrist on the mahl stick to steady my hand as I delineate the details.

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The light on the door is painted with a cool White made of White + Ultramarine Blue. The shadows are White + MUD and a darker shade of White + Ultramarine Blue. Pure White is reserved for the highlights.

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WHEW! All those details on the door took some patience. Now the Mission is painted the cool mountains begin to drop back. Even the sun warmed trees on the closest slope don’t seem nearly as bright. BIG HUGS,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG


3 Responses to “Painting the Mission”

  1. philcullendeecullen Says:

    Just beautiful!!!

  2. Leon and Peggy Black Says:

    Just beautiful!!!!!

  3. Tracy Says:

    My mom would adore this! Me too. Merry Christmas Mikki!

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