Bogies and Cobbles

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The Bougainvillea (we fondly call them Bogies 🙂 ) is made with mixes of Alizarin Crimson + Magenta + White. I follow my usual painting sequence of Flowers First, Leaves Last. By working in this order the colors of the blossoms stay crisp and clean. If the leaves were blocked in first the brush would pick up some of the green as I painted the flowers, muddying the bright hues.

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Now I go back in and work the greens of the foliage around the bloom color. The leaves are blocked in with a cool green made of Viridian Green + White. A few strokes of the door shadow color are made here and there to bring more coolness in the depth of the leaves.

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The large leaves of the Giant Bird of Paradise curve gracefully. I let one of them break the line of the arch, helping to increase the feeling of depth.

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It’s so much fun to paint the Ivy’s heart-shaped leaves and long tendrils dangling down the rough rock wall.

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The initial block-in of the Cobblestones is similar to that of my terra-cotta tile floors. The light and shadow pattern is established first. The main difference is the brushstrokes are made short and choppy with lots of texture. This helps to give the impression of the ancient stones.

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The crevices are now indicated. Like on the rock wall I don’t delineate each and every cobble, just enough to imply a bumpy, stone walkway. Please remember, you can click on any of the pictures to enlarge them.

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We’re moving right along. More planting next! We should finish up in our next session, hope you’ll come back and see how this turns out. Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

3 Responses to “Bogies and Cobbles”

  1. joannecali Says:

    The “bogies” are a gorgeous color, and I love the ivy and bird of paradise – and cobblestones. Astoundingly beautiful. J & C

  2. Catherine Scalzo Says:

    Hello, I’m wondering if you paint with quick drying oils? or acrylics? thank you, c

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Catherine,
      Normally I use Winson Newton WINTON oil paints which are regular oils. If I need a piece to dry more quickly I’ll pull out our Griffin ALKYD oil paints. They come in exactly the some colors and can be mixed with regular oils to speed up the drying time. Or you can use ALKYDS entirely and your painting will be dry in a day or two. I don’t use acrylics; the main reasons are they don’t mix very well and also darken as they dry. You don’t end up with the same value you begin with. Hope this helps. Thanks for following my blog. Mikki

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