A Pleasant Place to Sit

SC1215 Celebrate Spring Step 9

It’s amazing how many different hues you can mix from a limited amount of color. My palette is shown above, the colors on the left are those remaining from yesterday’s session. The paint is ready to lay in the satillo tile. #1: MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. #2: Two shades of Ultramarine Blue + White. #3: Pthalo Blue + White. #4: Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. ROW 5: All the globs are made of varying proportions of MUD + Cadmium Orange + a touch of Ultramarine Blue + White. ROW 6: Three mixes of Cadmium Orange + a tiny bit of Pthalo Blue + White. To learn more about our Double Primary Color Mixing System CLICK HERE.

Starting on the floor, covering the entire surface with the light and shadow pattern.

Drawing the perspective lines into the wet paint of the floor. A fine liner brush is used and I work freehand. Bracing against a mahl stick would limit my movement, making it difficult to make straight lines. The camera was placed at an angle to the canvas so my hand won’t obstruct the view. The right side of the image is a bit soft because of this.


Highlighting the edges of the tiles. This gives added dimension to the floor. Notice how the edges are made cooler, or bluer, toward the back and warmer near the foreground. If the screen doesn’t show on any of the three videos just CLICK ON THE LINKS ABOVE to watch.

SC1215 Celebrate Spring Step 10

Here’s another special color that is perfect for Santa Fe, Sevres Green. Mixed with White it compliments the Blue-Purple window perfectly. The shadows are painted first, then I work on the areas illuminated by the sun.

SC1215 Celebrate Spring Step 11

The zig zags along the skirt of the bench are made with a square Bright brush held at a 45 degree angle. You can click on the image to see it larger.

SC1215 Celebrate Spring Step 12

Wouldn’t you love to sit here in the spring sunshine under the Wisteria? It will be even more pleasant when the flowers are added. Come back and you can help me plant them. All you’ll need is your gardening gloves! Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG


2 Responses to “A Pleasant Place to Sit”

  1. abigailhowe Says:

    It is amazing! I used to work in a dead palette. Which consists of flesh ochre, blue black, yellow ochre and white. Endless possibilities! Using a limited palette is a great way to unify a painting.

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