From Northwest to Southwest


This piece is a special gift. My collector’s wife loves Taos and took this photo several years ago. Jimmy asked if I would paint it for her for their 20th Anniversary, adding my special touches.


Jimmy and Marge came to the seminar Jack and I gave in Santa Fe in 2011. You can see them in the back row, she’s in pink and he’s wearing a baseball cap. This shot of the group brings back some great memories. We had a wonderful time, it was delightful to meet and work with so many talented artists. You can click on the picture to see it larger.

SI2316 step 1

The 14 inch by 14 inch piece will be painted around the edges of a gallery wrapped canvas. Therefore I’ve attached it to a sheet of double ply cardboard which will make handling the wet painting much easier. CLICK HERE to see how the canvas was attached for another piece. I begin by drawing the basic architecture of the double gate and window.

SI2316 step 2

Marge thought a window box would be a nice addition so I’ve made the window a little wider than the one in the photo. The chili ristra is washed in with Alizarin Crimson + Liquin. This is just to cover the canvas, I’ll come back later and paint the peppers with opaque color.

SI2316 step 3

We’re sketched up on the canvas and ready to begin applying color.

SI2316 step 4

The building in the background is made with a cool adobe color. The mixtures are various combinations of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White. A few brushstrokes of Ultramarine Blue + White are dragged into the wall to give it extra coolness.

SI2316 step 5

The closest wall is painted with mixes of the same colors. The only difference is more Cadmium Orange is added to make the mixtures warmer. I’m following the simple rule that gives the feeling of depth in a painting: Warm Colors Come Forward, Cool Colors Recede.

SI2316 step 6

Cobalt Blue + White is used for the windows.

SI2316 step 7

Weathered Lintels act as support beams over the the gate and window. We’re done for today, hope you’ll come back again and follow along. If you would like to receive an email every time I publish a new post you can subscribe to my blog. CLICK THIS LINK and scroll to the upper right side of the page. You will see a heading EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS. Just enter your email address and click the button “Sign me up!”  It’s easy. And if you enjoy my blog please CLICK the FaceBook LIKE Button. As we say in Texas, “Much Obliged!

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One Response to “From Northwest to Southwest”

  1. mjspringett Says:

    i love it, thanks mikki

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