That’s a tongue twister! And to tell you the truth I don’t have a clue how to say it! But the common name for this beautiful plant cascading over the roof is Bell Vine! The flowers are actually shaped like little bells! I use the corner of a small Bright (square) brush to delineate the individual blossoms. The leaves are much like the sweet potato vine I love to paint, Heart shaped!


Next we’ll lay the pavers! The entire surface of the courtyard floor is covered, establishing the light and shadow pattern.


After making perspective lines between the tiles, I draw the horizontal crevices into the wet paint with a fine liner brush.


Sunlight catches the leading edge of the individual tiles. So they are accentuated with a lighter shade of the floor color.


I think this wrought iron plant stand is so cool. Wish I could find one like it for our garden!


All of the terra cotta containers are completed, using the same mixes as the tiles. Some of the pots are made darker by adding some MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) into the mixtures. Another detail I especially like is the brick window sills. That’s all for today. Hugs,

4 Responses to “Rhodochiton”

  1. Rosie Barnett Foshee Says:


  2. Carolyn Bump Says:

    I sure would like to sit in the cool shade in the courtyard and sip on spearmint iced tea with you!

  3. Patricia Ann Ingram Says:

    You make it look soooooo easy. 🙂 May I ask how long you have been painting and if you went to school to learn some of what you know? I know you and your husband must have shared secrets painting tips too. May God Bless.

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Patricia,
      I’ve drawn all my life and have a Master’s Degree in Medical Illustration. When I met Jack, a master portrait artist and State Artist of Texas, he taught me to paint in oils. I could draw very well but painting was a horse of another color. Jack sold my first painting in 1990. He’s taught me everything I know. He was self-taught, traveled to art museums all over the world and studied the Masters. We don’t believe in “Secrets”; our mission is to share what we’ve learned though years of experience with artists everywhere. Even though Jack went to Heaven in July, I plan to continue his legacy of generosity. So please feel free to ask questions. One of the main reasons I write this blog is to help fellow artists. Too many artists are secretive, we want to change that and encourage others to do the same. HAPPY PAINTING, Mikki

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