Rock ‘n Tile Work

The walls of the old rock building are first covered in my basic adobe-color mix of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + a tiny bit of Pthalo Blue + White. Crevices between the individual stones are then indicated with lines etched into the wet paint using a mixture of MUD + Liquin. You may enlarge this, or any of the other images, just click on the picture.

The shadow portion of the door is made of Cadmium Red Deep + Alizarin Crimson. Pure Cadmium Red Light makes the the sunlit part gleam. Green vines in the background accentuate the bright red even more.

Trumpet Vine (Cadmium Red Light + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson and Cadmium Orange) cascades over the tile roof, casting long shadows across the door. The leaves are combinations of Ptahlo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium. A few strokes of Pthalo Blue + White are made here and there to bring coolness into the foliage.

After covering the entire surface of the floor to establish the light and shadows, the perspective lines separating the tiles are drawn into the wet paint with a fine brush dipped in MUD + Liquin. This is done freehand. Bracing against the mahl stick would limit the movement of my hand and arm, preventing me from making straight lines.

The painting is signed while the floor is still wet. Drawing my signature into the wet paint allows me to make the calligraphy smooth. If I were to wait until the surface was dry the lines would skip and hop over the bumpy paint underneath; wouldn’t look very good at all! Construction work is done, we’ll be planting in our next session. I’ll also paint that comfortable kitty! With Colorful Smiles,Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG


2 Responses to “Rock ‘n Tile Work”

  1. Melanie Says:

    Amazing! I can’t believe how many paintings you do in such a short period of time. Jack told me I should be more focused, guess that is it, eh?

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Thank you Melanie! God has blessed me with lots of commissions to do and empty spots on my gallery walls to fill. He has given me no choice but to paint, paint, paint….celebrating His beautiful world on canvas. I’m so incredibly grateful Our Lord brought Jack into my life to teach me how. Melanie, you can do it, one brush stroke at a time. Just step up to your easel and have fun. Hugs, Mikki

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