Purple and Red

SF1516 Step 6

The building is “constructed” first, establishing the light and dark pattern on the wall. I have to imagine how the shadows of the Wisteria will stream across the rough, rock surface. Over the years Jack and I have gone to extra effort to study shadows in order to paint them convincingly. We have lots of reference photos of shadows cast by different objects. The gnarled trunk of the Wisteria is drawn with a mix of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

SF1516 Step 7

The color recipes for the Wisteria are shown above. #1. Pthalo Blue + Liquin. #2. Two mixes in different proportions of Viridian Green + Cadmium Yellow Medium. #3. A couple of shades of Dioxazine Purple + Ultramarine Blue + White. #4. Ultramarine Blue + White. #5. Two combinations of Dioxazine Purple + White.

SF1516 Step 8

The initial step in painting the Wisteria is to block in the mass of color for the blossoms. My large Bright (Square) brush is held sideways to make the dangling flowers.

SF1516 Step 9

Next the leaves are painted. The greens  are used to help shape the flowers.

SF1516 Step 11

After highlighting the individual petals on the wispy blossoms work begins on the door. Lacy curtains hang in the windows. Mixes of White + Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange are lightly dragged over the dark areas. They are now dry, I allow the brush to skip and dance over the rough canvas, allowing the texture to give the impression of the lace behind the glass.

SF1516 Step 12

The door is now painted, the shadows are Cadmium Red Deep + Alizarin Crimson. The sunlit portions are made of pure Cadmium Red Light.

SF1516 Step 13

Bracing against the mahl stick steadies my hand to draw the wrought iron handles into the wet paint of the door.

SF1516 Step 14

Purple and Red make such a striking combination! What do you think? Thank you for following along today! HUGS,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG


5 Responses to “Purple and Red”

  1. Terry Harrell Says:

    I have a new email. I really emjoy your painting, and I am a fan of your husband.

    Terry Harrell

  2. Carol Says:

    I love your work, Mikki, and now that I’ve read your love story, I love you and Jack even more! Both of you are amazing!

  3. James Garcia Says:

    The painting looks amazing. Thank you so much. I love that you show the process you go through in painting this for us.

  4. Patrick Gillen Says:

    Thank You for sharing. Your color choices are brilliant.

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