Put on Your Hard Hat


We’re working in a construction zone today, let’s build the limestone arches! I use mixes of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) is added into the mixtures for the shadow areas.


After blocking in the parts of the arch that are in shadow the sunlit surface is painted.


The stones are indicated with lighter shades of the same mixtures. I don’t outline each and every individual rock, instead they are rendered impressionistically. I want to give the feeling of an old, limestone building. After the arch is complete I come back and add the finishing touches to the bright Pink Bougainvillea.


Now the building is done we’ll start laying the tile floor. The color mixes are #1. Ultramarine Blue + White. #2. All of the Terra Cotta mixes are made with different proportions of MUD + Cadmium Orange + White. #3. I’ve added some Pthalo Blue to one of the Terra Cotta mixes. Please remember, you can click on any of the pictures to see them larger.


The entire surface of the terrace is first covered, establishing the light and shadows.


Perspective lines are then pulled into the wet paint with a fine liner brush. This is done freehand, if I used the mahl stick it would limit the movement of my arm and I couldn’t make a straight line.


The horizontal lines separating the tiles are drawn in next.


The sunlight spilling across the terrace illuminates the edges of the tiles. So I come back and highlight them.


A little MUD is mixed in with my terra cotta floor colors to make the containers next to and on top of the little courtyard wall. In our next session we’ll exchange our Hard Hats for Gardening Gloves. Come ready to plant flowers! HUGS,

One Response to “Put on Your Hard Hat”

  1. Deb Haney Says:

    Mikki!!!!! How gorgeous this is turning out!!!! I LOVE watching every step of our painting in progress!!! Every detail is absolutely amazing, not only each brush stroke, but the commentary!!!! What joy you bring to every aspect of what you do!!! Thank you for making this adventure so much fun!!!! Such a delightful experience seeing you bring our visions all together!!!! Lots of hugs!!! Deb =))))

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