Sky and Surf

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Sky and Bluffs

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Poles of the Windmill


After completing the sky and surf, work begins on the rocky bluff below the windmill and terrace.

While the sky is still wet I want to paint the Bougainvillea draping over the outside of the window. The recipes for my color mixtures are: #1. Alizarin Crimson + Permanent Rose + a tiny bit of White. #2. Permanent Rose + White. #3. Permanent Rose + Cadmium Red Light + White. #4. White + Permanent Rose. #5. Pthalo Blue + Liquin. #6. Two shades of Viridian Green + Cadmium Yellow Medium. #7. Pthalo Blue + White.

The Bougainvilleas are blocked in using my usual sequence of “Flowers First, Leaves Last”.  After painting the bright masses of colorful bracts, the leaves are painted in and around the pinks, helping to shape the blooms.

We’ve gotten a great start on the background scene, we’ll tackle the windmill, the terrace and all those steps in our next session. Hope you’ll come watch! AND PLEASE…..always feel free to ask questions. With Colorful Smiles and Big Hugs,

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10 Responses to “Sky and Surf”

  1. Terri El Farkh Says:

    Beautiful! I love the view. I enjoy watching you paint and vacationing at the same time. 🙂

  2. Valeria Says:

    Greetings from Romania! You are great! I enjoy watching you paint! Could you please tell me what colours did you use painting surf and rocky bluff below the terrace? I appreciate your reply. Valeria

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Thank you for your kind words Valeria. The water at the base of the rocky bluff is mixtures in different proportions of Pthalo Turquoise Blue + White. This color is made by Rembrandt Oils. The rocks themselves are combinations of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + White. A few brushstrokes of Ultramarine Blue + White are made on the shadow side of the bluffs to add coolness and give the feeling the rocks are wet. Hope this helps and HAPPY PAINTING! Mikki

    • Valeria Says:

      Dear Mikki, thank you for your kind reply! Your words mean a lot to me! I dare to ask you another question: if I should paint the same rocks at sunrise or sunset, when the sky is red and the reflexion of the water also red, what colors should I use? I appreciate your advise. Have a wonderful day!

      • Mikki Senkarik Says:

        No Problem Valeria, Great question! Use the same base mixes for the rocks but just add some of the sky colors in the highlights. That way you don’t have to think about it, the colors in the sky influence the reflections in the water and the glow on the rocks. Good Luck! Hugs, Mikki

  3. Vrushali Says:

    How do you draw the angles of the little steps so well? Could you please give me some tips?

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Thank you Vrushali, I follow my reference pictures closely to make sure I get the angles correct. I don’t really have any tricks other than practice, practice, practice. I’ve painted so many steps, floors and buildings over the years getting the perspective has become natural. It wasn’t that way at first, I just had to keep redoing them until I got them right.

  4. Vrushali Says:

    I love your vision when you paint…may I ask why you chose to use some bright blues in the pink bougainvilleas? For the shadows i assume we can use a purple or darker reds/magentas…the blues look so nice but how do you decide that or think of it?

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      I appreciate your great question Vrushali. A lot of painting is intuitive. I just had the feeling to add the blues! They looked good the first time I did it so I continued! Just try new things and keep doing the ones that work!

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