Stone Walkways



VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the stone walkway.

As the stone walkway descends down the steps it falls into the shadow of the building on the left. The entire surface is first painted with mixtures of MUD (Ultramarine Blue and Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + a little more Ultramarine Blue + White. The lighter, sunlit portion of the floor on the upper and middle levels has a bit more Cadmium Orange and White mixed in.

Grout lines are pulled, wet into wet, over the darker paint. The shadow colors from the buildings are used to make the wide separations between the individual stones.

The classic Greek walkway is complete, let’s begin working on the building at the left. As you read through my blog please remember that you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

The vines were initially washed in with mixes of Sap Green + Liquin and Magenta + Liquin. They are totally dry now so it’s easy to paint the wall color around the leaves. The interior of the small courtyard is made bluer than the surface of the building facing the walk. This makes the inner wall drop back.

Various mixtures from the stone path are used for the brick arch.

Sunlight glistens on the large leaves of the vine inside the opening. This adds interest, as well as depth, to this area.

The gate in the foreground is the same mixture used on the door and window. I’ve just added more Ultramarine Blue to darken and warm the color. The pull is drawn into the wet paint of the gate with a mix of MUD + Liquin. Highlights are made with a fine liner brushed dipped in a combination of White + Ultramarine Blue.

Construction is almost done. We’ll be planting lots of flowers in our next session. Grab some gardening gloves and a trowel and come give me a hand! HUGS,


2 Responses to “Stone Walkways”

  1. Barbara Says:

    This one reminds me of the paintings I fell in love with when I first discovered your art. I makes me want to walk through the arch and just sit and drink in the peace!

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Thank you so much Barbara, your words make my heart smile. It’s fun to do a larger, more complicated piece like this one. The art market is really slow right now so my galleries are requesting smaller, less expensive paintings. Santorini was such a joy to paint! Have a wonderful Christmas. Mikki

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