Starting on the Setting

SL4915 Step 8

We’ll begin with the stone wall of the old villa courtyard. My mixtures are shown above. #1. MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + a bit of Cadmium Orange + White. #2. MUD + Ultramarine Blue + White. #3. Mix #1 + more Cadmium Orange + White. #4. Ultramarine Blue + White. #5. Mixture #3 + White. #6. Mix #5 + more White.

SL4915 Step 9

I apply the paint of the rough stones with a lot of texture. It will provide a nice contrast with the smooth skin of the Lady’s face.

SL4915 Step 10

The crevices between the stones are indicated very impressionistically. I don’t want to outline each stone, it would draw too much attention away from the main subject. Next I drag the edges of the hair into the wet paint of the wall to make them softer. If I waited until the wall was drier the lines would be bumpy and rough, not smooth.

SL4915 Step 11

I had originally planned for Gladiolas to soar above the Lilies in the large container. But when I did them in the small, color study I realized they drew attention away from the face of our Latina lady. I replaced them with a lacy palm tree that fits the space perfectly without any distraction.

SL4915 Step 13

Both ceramic containers are painted with mixtures made of various proportions of Pthalo Blue + Viridian Green + White.

SL4915 Step 14

After the edges of the dress touching the containers are painted, the entire surface of the terra-cotta tile courtyard floor is covered. Please remember as you go through my blog, you can click on any of the images to see them larger.

SL4915 Step 15

Next I draw the perspective lines separating the tiles into the wet paint of the floor with a fine liner brush. I do this freehand, bracing against a mahl stick would limit the movement of my arm. Making it impossible to pull straight lines.

SL4915 Step 16

To finish out the floor, horizontal lines are drawn to indicate the crevices between the individual tiles. The front edges of the pavers are then highlighted. We’re done for today. Thank you for following along. Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

3 Responses to “Starting on the Setting”

  1. Peggy Says:

    good job.

  2. Bill Gavin Says:

    Hi Mikki,

    I’m Intrigued by your painting process. You seem to paint each section by itself. How do you see the whole completed painting in your mind as it goes? Do you have a rough sketch to go by?

    Enjoy your work…and Jack’s.

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