A Little Something to Inspire You!


VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Red Door

Window is in and Red Door installed. Now, let’s get to work laying some tile.

The first step on painting the Satillo Tile floor is to establish the shadows streaming across the surface. Mixes of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + a touch of Cadmium Red Light + White are used. A few strokes of White + Ultramarine Blue are made near the far edge of the floor to make it recede.

Now the light spilling through the courtyard is painted. More White is added to the floor mixtures for the lighter portions. I work very carefully around the feet of the Rooster and Burro’s hooves in order to preserve my original sketch.

Perspective lines are drawn into the wet paint with a fine liner brush. I can’t use the mahl stick here because it would limit my range of motion; preventing me from making straight lines.

Horizontal lines separating the tiles are now drawn. You may click on the image to see it larger.

The final touch to the floor is to highlight the edges of the individual pavers. The highlights on the tiles closest to the building are made cooler, or bluer, so they will go back. The edges of the sunlit ones nearest the viewer are pure white, this makes them come forward.

We’re moving right along. Thank you for visiting my studio today, I hope you’ll come back soon.

But……before I go today I want to share this video with you. It’s an amazing and inspirational love story. If you ever think there is something you can’t face or do, THINK AGAIN! With Colorful Smiles and Big Hugs,

6 Responses to “A Little Something to Inspire You!”

  1. roseherczeg Says:

    Loved the video! So right… there is inspiration all around. Got to look for it! 🙂 Hugs!

  2. Christopher Newell Says:

    Cry for Happy…you just turned my oils to watercolors. Hugs

  3. Zoe Says:

    Mikki, I’ve been meaning to ask about this for some time: you use white plus ultramarine blue at the farthest edge of the floor to make it recede, but you also make some blue strokes closest to the viewer, for example in front if the bench. The blue there is warmer, so that area does look closer, but I wonder, why use blue at that area at all? Thanks in advance! (By the way, the video was truly amazing!)

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Zoe,
      The blue a little closer to the viewer is on the back edge of the front shadow, That makes it drop back. Thank you on the video. Have had several people request longer videos so I’m trying. It’s difficult to keep up the painting energy for very long and my voice runs out. But I’m working on it! HUGS, Mikki

      • Zoe Says:

        Ok, that totally makes sense! Thanks for the clarification. Regarding your videos, I’m sure everyone is grateful for all that information you generously pass along. As for the length, I find it easier to allocate 10-15 minutes at a time to watch, so I personally wouldn’t mind if you kept them short! Just my opinion… Thanks again for all you do!

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