Painting the Wreath

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Chili Pepper Wreath

Wreath is DONE! Now let’s move on to the Trumpet Vine cascading over the doorway. The flowers are blocked in first with mixes of Cadmium Red Light + Cadmium Orange, Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Orange and pure Cadmium Orange. Then the leaves are painted around the masses of red-orange using combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium. A few strokes of Pthalo Blue + White are made here and there to bring coolness to the foliage.

After adding the deep centers in the Trumpet Flowers I begin covering the surface of the floor with mixtures of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange. White is mixed in for the sunlit areas of the tile. Some of the color from the door is brought down into the floor below it to give the feeling of faint reflections.

The curved perspective lines of the uneven pavers are drawn into the wet paint of the floor with a fine liner brush dipped in a mix of MUD + Liquin.

Some Cadmium Red Light is added to the tile mixtures and used for the rectangular, terra cotta container. Then the lower portion of the Hollyhocks on the right side is washed in with Pthalo Blue + Liquin and a little of the green left over the the Trumpet Vine above. I appreciate you following my blog, please feel free to ask questions. HUGS,Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG


3 Responses to “Painting the Wreath”

  1. jayalakshmi yegnaswamy Says:

    Lovely! Your this demo also is great .. inspiring too. Thank you so much Mikki. ❤Js

  2. Jill Olhoeft Says:

    Hi Mikki, I’m loving your latest painting Sunset Reflections. What is the size of your canvas? And going forward could you tell us the sizes? I love your paintings. I have always been drawn to bright colors. I live near Laguna beach. God bless you & much love from sister in Christ. Jill

    Sent from my iPhone


    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Jill, thank you for your kind words! I appreciate the reminder to tell the size of the painting. The Positano piece I’m currently painting the Sunset Reflecting on the Mediterranean is 36 inches tall by 42 inches wide. The actual title is “New Beginnings”, as this is where the collectors spent a few days on their honeymoon several years ago.
      WOW, Laguna Beach is one of my favorite areas! Please enjoy the feel of the sand between your toes for me as you walk on the beach. May God Bless you with His Joy and guide your heart as you paint! HUGS, Mikki

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