A Couple of Cardinals

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 5

Like always I begin with the sky. The sun comes in from the upper left, therefore the sky on that side is a bit lighter. The lightest portion is painted with a mix of White + Pthalo Blue + a tiny touch of Lemon Yellow. Moving to the right a slightly darker mixture of White + Pthalo Blue is used. The darkest part of the sky on the far right is a combination of Cobalt Blue + White.

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 6

Now work starts on the female cardinal perched on top of the arch. I want to paint both of the birds wet-into-wet over the background, that way I can soften the edges of the feathers. I’m making them a tiny bit larger than life size since they are an important element in the painting.

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 7

The distant peak of Arenal is blocked in with cool blues and greens.

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The male cardinal is coming in for a landing on one of the pilings supporting the arch. Mixtures of Cadmium Red Deep + Magenta make up the shadow part of his body.

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 9

I let the end of Mr. Chipper’s feathers blur into the mountain far behind to give the impression of movement. The highlight on his bright red body is pure Cadmium Red Light. If you would like to see the image larger just click on the picture! That’s all for today. I appreciate you visiting our studio. HUGS,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG


One Response to “A Couple of Cardinals”

  1. jwinterbottom@verizon.net Says:

    Love the feathers on the red cardinal…that is beautiful & perfect!

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