Let’s Get to Flooring!


I begin the terra cotta tiles by covering the entire floor area. I want to establish the filtered light and shadow pattern created by the Bougainvillea cascading over the pergola above.


Cathy felt the pavers in the original piece were a little too orange, so I made this floor more of a red clay color. Mixes in various proportions of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + more Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Orange + White were used. The next step on the floor is to make the perspective lines of the tiles. This is done freehand, using a mahl stick would limit the movement of my arm preventing me from making straight lines.


The horizontal lines separating the tiles are also drawn without using the mahl stick. A fine liner brush is used to etch the lines into the wet paint.


Now to paint the bottom edge of the gallery wrapped canvas. My easel and palette are on wheels, making it easy to adjust my painting setup for this situation. I’ve take the painting attached to cardboard and placed it on Jack’s chair.


You can see how the top part of the cardboard rests on the glass tabletop, the lower edge leans on the back of the chair. This elevates the bottom of the canvas making it easier to paint.


After the bottom side is painted with the floor color, perspective lines are continued from the front of the canvas to the lower edge. You may click on this, or any of the other images to see them larger.


Floor is complete! Now to plant Lavender in the large container behind the shutter. Mixes of Dioxazine Purple + White are used for the fragrant flowers. The greens made of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White are painted around the purple helping to shape the elongated blossoms.


Stems and leaves finish out the Lavender. We’re done for today. Thank you for following along. And please remember, always feel free to ask questions!


And since we are painting the Amalfi Coast I thought I’d share a picture of Jack and I there in May, 2004. This is the last extended trip we ended up taking, that November Jack was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. It had metastasized to his spine and he was given only months to live. With God at the helm of our lives, excellent doctors, Jack’s positive attitude and lots of our prayers, plus those of tons of friends, we weathered the storm. Jack and I had 12 more wonderful years together. So you can see, the Amalfi Coast holds special memories for us. It’s fun to paint it for Cathy and remember our delightful travels there. HUGS,

2 Responses to “Let’s Get to Flooring!”

  1. Patricia Ann Says:

    This is going to sound crazy, but the two pictures where you are putting in the perspective lines of the tiles, the lines look dark to me; however, in the last picture after adding the lavender in the pot the lines in the tiles look lighter. Is this my eyes playing tricks or did you paint them twice? Thank you so much for all your help. May God Bless.

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      My you are observant! Good for you. I forget to mention that I highlight the edges of the tiles where the sunlight illuminates them. Thank you for catching this. HUGS, Mikki,

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