Climbing Roses

The little gate is made of two shades of Pthalo Blue + White. Sunshine spills over the wall and splashes a bright, triangular highlight on its brilliant blue surface. As you read through my blog please remember that you may click on any of the images to view enlargements.

I discovered this cool wrought iron gate latch in a Google search!

We’re ready to begin working on the pink Peggy Martin Roses cascading over the adobe wall. COME WATCH as I block them in…..

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Blocking in the Roses

The long canes of the Rose are drawn into the wet paint of the wall with a fine liner brush.

Rambling Roses are complete, we’ll turn our attention to the Kitty and Hummingbird!

The number tiles are added, then the Tiger Kitty is painted with mixes left from the lintel and support posts of the gate. I mixed more Cadmium Orange into the paint for the brown stripes, the darker ones are MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson). His inquisitive eyes are made with some of the green from the distant bluffs.

Viridian Green + White is used for the Hummingbird’s head. His Ruby Red Neck is made with Cadmium Red Deep + Alizarin Crimson. The highlight is pure Cadmium Red Light.

The entire surface of the Saltillo Tile floor is painted with light and dark mixtures of MUD + Cadmium Orange + White, MUD + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Red Light + White and MUD + Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson + White. A few strokes of the gate color are made directly under it to give the impression the tiles are a bit damp, reflecting the blue above them. In the spot where the painting will be signed in Cadmium Red Light I make a stroke of the darker, muted green from the background. The juxtaposition of the complimentary colors, red and green, will make the signature appear a bit brighter.

Perspective lines are first drawn into the wet surface of the floor. Next, horizontal lines separating the individual tiles are made with the same fine liner brush that I used to draw the canes of the roses.

More Cadmium Red Light is mixed into the paint remaining from the floor to use for the large terra cotta containers beneath the Kitty. Check out the lower left corner, you can see my red signature over the muted green floor. That’s all for this session! Hope you’ll come back to help me plant the flowers, I’m planning to have a couple of videos for you! With Colorful Smiles,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG


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