Layers of Adobe

SG3315 Tapestry of Fall step 5

Our entryway has two layers of Adobe. I make the most distant wall cooler, or bluer, so it will stay back.  Also, the building in the background is going to be lighter, that will help draw the viewer’s gaze through the open gate.

SG3315 Tapestry of Fall step 6

The soft creamy Chamisa in the background is washed by the sun, adding to the light in the courtyard behind the gate.

SG3315 Tapestry of Fall step 7

The closest wall is made warmer and darker. I’ll add more darks once I get the flowers in, it will be easier to gauge the values when the canvas is completely covered. It’s fun making the shadows cast by the Chili Ristra and Sarza on the rough adobe.

SG3315 Tapestry of Fall step 8

Now it’s time to paint the leaves of the Sarza. They are decked out in their autumn colors! As mentioned previously, a lot of the washed in areas are left untouched. The leaves are accentuated with mixes of Alizarin Crimson + White and Sap Green + White.

SG3315 Tapestry of Fall step 9

The shadows on the gate are made of Cadmium Red Deep + Alizarin Crimson. Pure Cadmium Red Light makes the sunny portions. The willow branches in the opening are a distinctly Southwestern touch often found in Santa Fe.

SG3315 Tapestry of Fall step 11

Trumpet Vine cascades over the wall on the left. I used several mixes of Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Light and Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Orange for the darker blossoms. Pure Cadmium Orange is used for the highlights on the flower petals. The leaves are made of mixtures in various proportions of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium. We want to thank you for all of your good wishes for Jack and I. We are feeling great now but I do have to say, we won’t ever eat at THAT restaurant again! HUGS,

M Senkarik

4 Responses to “Layers of Adobe”

  1. Cheryl Smith-Bell Says:

    Mikki, love keeping up with your paintings, you and Jack are so inspiring. Just read that you two were feeling bad. I have a remedy for food poisoning. It is apple cider vinegar. Put an ounce in a juice glace and fill with water or apple juice[it is hard to drink strait!], and take it as soon as you feel the cramping after a meal, if you suspect food poisoning. If you don’t have vinegar, drink pickle juice.
    I can tell you, you will be relieved within 15 to 20 minutes, completely. If you aren’t, it is something else.
    Now I know most people can’t believe something so simple will kill it, but it does. And until you try it and see how quick it works, it is very hard to drink vinegar. Once you get that quick relief, it doesn’t take much to get it down the next time!
    Now as to why it works, Tomaine is an anarobic bacteria and most people who get and upset stomach will go get a glass of milk which is alkaline, to settle it, but that is what feeds the bacteria. You have to acidify your stomach to kill it, and that small amount of vinegar will do it. Never worry about it again once you know this secret! I learned this from an older guy who worked in the oil field and had pipe line crews all over west Texas and they had to eat at what ever greasy spoon that was in the area. He never left home with out his vinegar, and was never sick[for long], but his crew would be!
    Take care! Hope this helps!

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Cheryl,

      We do know of this remedy and gave it a try. Unfortunately we had a nasty little parasite called GIARDIA. We got it at a reputable restaurant, apparently one of the kitchen help didn’t wash the lettuce correctly. But thank you so much! You never know, this may help someone else. I appreciate you following my blog. Hugs, Mikki

  2. Cheryl Smith-Bell Says:

    sorry about the miss spells my cat was helping, and not sure how to edit!

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