A Definite Challenge


VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Burgundy Flowers on the Arbor.

The Sunflower bouquet adorning the wagon wheel sports a deep blue ribbon made of Ultramarine Blue + a tiny bit of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + White.

The Sunflowers at the base of the arbor are painted with muted yellows mixed with Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD and Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Orange + MUD. I’m reserving the brighter yellows for the Sunflowers in the front to make them POP forward.

The patio floor is terra cotta tile. The entire surface is painted first, then perspective lines between the tiles are drawn into the wet paint with a fine liner brush dipped in a thin mix of MUD + Liquin.

The painting is taken off the easel to paint the lower edge of the gallery wrap canvas. You can see how having the canvas attached to cardboard makes it much easier to handle the wet art. The lines separating the individual tiles are continued over the side.

Several shades of Ultramarine Blue + White are used for the Adirondack Chairs.

The edges of the boards are highlighted with a mix of White + a touch of Ultramarine Blue.

The old wine barrel, used for the table, is made of mixtures of MUD + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + White. The crevices between the planks are drawn into the wet paint like those on the floor.

The iron straps that hold the barrel together are pulled over the boards with the same mix of MUD + Liquin used for the lines in the floor and coffee table.

OK! Here’s the challenging part, doing the calligraphy “LOVE is more precious than GOLD” into the metal straps on the barrel! This is a line from one of Brandon and Kristie’s wedding songs. If you’d like to enlarge the image to see this better, just click on the picture.

WHEW! That’s it for this session. Thank you for all of your sweet comments, I really appreciate your encouragement! With Cheerful Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG



4 Responses to “A Definite Challenge”

  1. SUNGIL ROH Says:

    I can’t wait to see you painting sunflowers in front ground!

  2. Stacy Cobb Says:

    How are your gallery wrapped canvases attached to the cardboard? Are they stapled?

    This is a beautiful painting! I love the background!

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