Hearts on a Gate

My first task today is to “Build” the courtyard walls using mixtures of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + White. More MUD is added for the shadow areas, extra White is mixed into the sunny portions of the wall. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may enlarge any of the images by clicking on the picture.

The posts and beams supporting the roof over the well are made of MUD + Cadmium Orange + a tiny bit of Ultramarine Blue + White. Southwest designs are then “Carved” into the wet paint with a brush dipped in a thin mix of MUD + Liquin.

Next the Red Gate is painted. The shadows are Cadmium Red Deep + Alizarin Crimson and the lighter part is Cadmium Red Light. Hinges with Heart Shaped ends are painted over the red with MUD + a little bit of Liquin.

Wisteria cascades down the wall. The blossoms of this beautiful vine are made of Dioxazine Purple + Ultramarine Blue + White and Dioxazine Purple + White. The leaves are then painted with combinations of Viridian Green + Cadmium Yellow Medium.

A Spiral Sun Tile brings extra charm to the wall. My wrist is braced against the mahl stick to steady my hand as I delineate the fine details.

An old, beat up, Turquoise watering can is added at the base of the gate and we’re done for this session. Thanks for following along. Hope you come back for our next session, I’ll be painting that little snoozing kitty! HUGS, Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG



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