Working on the Tile

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My paint is mixed for the satillo tile courtyard floor. The color recipes are as follows: #1. Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. #2. Ultramarine Blue + White. #3. Two different mixes of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange. + White. #4. A couple of mixtures made of different proportions of MUD + Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Red Light + White. #5. Cadmium Orange + a little Pthalo Blue + White. #6. Two shades of #3 + additional White.

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The entire surface of the upper level is covered, establishing the light and shadow pattern. Notice on the shadow under the gate, the portion toward the back is made bluer. This follows a simple rule Cool Colors Go Back, Warm Colors Come Forward. Blue is a cool color, adding it along the back of the shadow makes the floor recede.

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Brushstrokes of mix #2 are also added at the most distant part of the light area to make it drop back.

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Perspective lines between the tiles are drawn into the wet paint of the floor. This is done freehand, bracing against the mahl stick would limit the movement of my arm. It would be difficult to make a straight line.

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Next the horizontal lines separating the tiles are drawn.

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Highlights on the leading edges of the tiles where they are illuminated by the sun completes the upper level.

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I use another simple rule to paint the steps: Upright Planes are Darker than Flat Surfaces. This is because less light from above hits the upright plane. In this piece the flat surface of the top step is totally in sunshine. Because of the shadow cast by the sunflowers in the left corner just the right front edge of the lower step is touched by the light.

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On a large piece that is painted on the sides I turn the painting upside down to do the bottom edge. Having the canvas mounted to a piece of double ply cardboard makes it easy to handle. I lean the piece against Jack’s walker, making sure the brakes are locked. Don’t want our wet painting to fall! Molly, my supervisor, is asleep on the job back on the taboret. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may enlarge any of the images by clicking on the picture.

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The perspective lines continue over the edge. I draw them as if the painting was flat and then stretched on the canvas. It you took this piece off of the stretcher bars the floor would appear as if it were done completely flat.

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The painting is safely back up on the easel, we’re done with the tile work. We’ll begin gardening in our next session, sure hope you’ll come back to watch. I’ll even have a VIDEO! Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG


3 Responses to “Working on the Tile”

  1. rpillai2012 Says:

    Regards and Best wishes to Jack White. So glad his surgery was a success and that he can see again! Gods Blessings to you both.

    Renuka Pillai

  2. katrine grindeland Says:

    hi! how do you attach the canvas to the cardboard? and what do you clean your brushes with after you have painted? love how you did the bougainvillea x

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