A Plethora of Peppers

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The entire surface of the satillo tile floor is covered first. The shadows are established first, then I come back and paint the portion of the floor that is illuminated by the sun.

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Perspective lines are pulled into the wet paint with a fine liner brush.

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After drawing the horizontal lines separating the tiles the edges are highlighted where the sun hits them. The large ceramic containers are painted with mixtures in various proportions of Ultramarine Blue + White.

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If you’ve followed my blog very long you know I LOVE Sunflowers. They have such a cheerful determination, if I were a flower that is what I’d be! The mass of yellow blossoms is blocked in first.

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The large leaves are mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium. Then the dark centers of the Sunflowers are added.

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Lavender nestles at the base of the rustic ladder. The flowers are made of Dioxazine Purple + White.

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The California Poppies are also painted in my regular sequence of FLOWERS FIRST, LEAVES LAST. The blossoms are blocked in with several mixtures of Cadmium Red Light + Cadmium Orange, Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Light and pure Cadmium Orange. The foliage is painted with some of the greens left over from the Morning Glory Vine + a little Cadmium Yellow Medium.

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The deep centers of the Poppies are delineated with Magenta + Liquin.

SA0416 A Plethora of Peppers 16x19A Plethora of Peppers                   16 inches by 19 inches

Painted with lots of thick texture the chilies now parade down the ladder. A Plethora of Peppers is ready to head off to Exposures Gallery in Sedona! I appreciate you following along. And please remember, always feel free to ask any questions you may have. This blog is for you! Hugs,

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3 Responses to “A Plethora of Peppers”

  1. Christina Says:

    Wow! Beautiful work!

  2. Carol Says:

    Do you work from photographs?

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Absolutely! We have files of reference photos. Jack and I take pictures everywhere. I just pull up the file of whatever flowers I’m painting and select the picture I like best to use. Shadows, rivers, oceans, beaches, buildings……we have reference on them all. With digital cameras it’s easy to keep it organized. Just remember to back everything up on an external hard drive or the cloud. You don’t want to lose all that wonderful reference material if your computer crashes. Hugs, Mikki

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