Roof Tiles and a Red Gate

The sky was painted first using mixes of White + Cobalt Blue and White + Pthalo Blue. The darker Cobalt Blue mixture is used in the upper portions of the sky, the Pthalo Blue mix in the lower part. Moving forward the walls are constructed with combinations in various proportions of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + a touch of Pthalo Blue + White. A few strokes of Ultramarine Blue + White are made on the back part of the wall on the left at the corner. This makes the wall recede. As you read through my post please keep in mind that you may click on any of the images to enlarge the picture.

Sunlight pours over the structure from the upper left, illuminating the gate and adjoining wall. Now, let’s paint the tiles on the roof and top of the courtyard wall.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Terra Cotta Roof Tiles

Shadows on the gate are Cadmium Red Deep + Alizarin Crimson, the sunlit portion is pure Cadmium Red Light. After delineating the edges of the boards catching the light the wrought iron hinges are drawn into the wet paint using a mix of MUD + Liquin.

Rusty hinges and gate latch are complete, now for the tile floor. The entire surface is covered using oil paint remaining from the terra cotta roof tiles. My goal in this step is to establish the light and shadow pattern on the courtyard floor.

Perspective lines separating the individual tiles are drawn into the wet paint of the floor with a thin brush. Then the edges of the tiles are highlighted.

The Trumpet Vine cascading over the walls is blocked in using my usual sequence of Flowers First (1), Leaves Last (2). The blossoms are Cadmium Red Deep + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson and Cadmium Orange. Leaves are combinations of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + a bit of Cadmium Lemon Yellow.

Showing some of the Trumpet Vine through the opening above the gate adds to the feeling of depth in the painting. That’s all for this session, hope you’ll come back again. Think I just might have another video in our next session! Hugs,Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG


4 Responses to “Roof Tiles and a Red Gate”

  1. Fatima Says:

    Im so excited to. View ur new piece…u have magic in your hands! Can i use turpentine in place of liquin coz i havnt purchased dat yet?or linseed oil for initial wash?

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Fatima, Thank you for your compliments! God has blessed me. Yes, you can use turpentine but I would make sure to get some Liquin and then use it. Linseed Oil will make your initial wash very slow to dry. I use the Liquin because I want the oil wash drawing to dry quickly, overnight. The next day the drawing is dry and I can begin painting without my brush picking up any of the wash and muddying my paint colors. Also if I paint over part of my sketch I can just rub the opaque paint off and still have my initial wash drawing. HAPPY PAINTING! Mikki

  2. Fatima Says:

    Lovely painting! So eager to see next lesson..i wanted to know in which month n year you showed how to paint california poppies?

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