Red Rocks

SF2415 Secluded Elegance step 1

Starting a new piece for our gallery in Sedona. We took the reference picture at Mission San Miguel in San Miguel, California, just north of Paso Robles. You can click on the image to see the Mission gate enlarged.

SF2415 Secluded Elegance step 2

The background is painted first, then I’ll do the gate and garden. My color mixes for the sky and Red Rocks are shown here. #1. White + Pthalo Blue + a tiny bit of Lemon Yellow. #2. White + Pthalo Blue. #3. White + Cobalt Blue. #4. White + Lemon Yellow + a touch of Pthalo Blue. #5. Several mixes in different proportions of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Red Light + White. #6. Ultramarine Blue + White. #7. Mixes of various amounts of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. #8. White + a little bit of Ultramarine Blue.

VIDEO: Painting the Red Rocks of Sedona.

SF2415 Secluded Elegance step 3

“Painting Forward” I begin work on the desert foliage in the middle ground.

SF2415 Secluded Elegance step 5

The leftover oil paint from the background is saved on the left side of my palette. It will remain usable for 3 to 4 days. I’ll have it if I need to go back and make any adjustments. The old wall will be painted with several shades mixed with MUD + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. The dab of Blue is Ultramarine Blue + a tiny amount of MUD + White.

SF2415 Secluded Elegance step 6

The entire surface of the wall is covered.

SF2415 Secluded Elegance step 7

Crumbling plaster leaves the adobe bricks exposed in a few areas. The dark, irregular shape is blocked in first. Then the individual bricks are delineated. I just want to give an impression of them, not outline each one.

SF2415 Secluded Elegance step 8

The wall of the old gate is finished. A few strokes of Blue are added into the adobe bricks, this will make them fall behind the Poker Plant in the foreground.

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

2 Responses to “Red Rocks”

  1. Annette Says:

    Watching you paint with no sound, no distraction to the senses, just watching a Master Painter is very calming to my soul. A 9 min. video is over in about 2 minutes, and when it stops I find myself instantly looking for why the computer stopped working. Then I realize 9 minutes went by. I think I could watch you all day on a video, just your hand bringing a picture to life. This one is very pretty.

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