Archive for June, 2019

Thunbergia Vine

June 10, 2019

We’re getting ready to paint the beautiful purple Thunbergia Vine. The recipes for the color mixes are: #1. Four shades of Viridian Green + Cadmium Yellow Medium. The lightest mixture has some White added. #2. A couple of mixes of Dioxazine Purple + Ultramarine Blue + White. #3. Three combinations of Dioxazine Purple + White.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Thunbergia Vine

A colorful sun face is drawn on the small wall tile to the right of the gate. To begin, the surface of the tile is covered with light and dark mixes of White + Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange. Then the sun is painted wet into wet over the background. The portion of the design in the shade is made with Cadmium Red Deep. The sunny part is Cadmium Orange + a bit of Cadmium Yellow Medium. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to enlarge the picture.

Turning to the floor, the light and dark pattern is established on the terra cota pavers with thick textured brushstrokes. Mixes of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + White are used. A few strokes of Ultramarine Blue + White are made along the back edge so it will recede.

The horizontal lines separating the individual tiles are etched into the wet paint with a fine liner brush dipped into a thin mixture of MUD + Liquin.

After drawing the perspective lines the edges of the tiles are highlighted where sunlight catches them.

Cadmium Red Light is added into the floor mixes to make the large terra cotta containers on either side of the chair.  That’s all for this session, hope to see you again soon. I appreciate you following my blog, please feel free to share it with your friends! HUGS,

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Santa Fe Bound

June 7, 2019

This is a new piece for my gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The basic composition is sketched up on the canvas with a thin oil wash made of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. A T-square resting on the top edge of the canvas is used to draw the upright lines of the gate and chair, insuring they are straight.

The initial oil wash sketch is complete. The flowers are labeled so I don’t forget my plan!

We’ll begin painting with the adobe wall. Several mixtures are made: #1. MUD + a touch of Ultramarine Blue + White. #2. Four mixes in different proportions of MUD + Cadmium Orange + a little Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. #3. Ultramarine Blue + White.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Adobe Wall

Next the gate is covered with combinations of Pthalo Blue + White.

Hinges are drawn into the wet paint of the gate with a mix of MUD + Liquin.

Adding the unique gate latch finishes our work for today. Thank you for following my blog! If you would like to receive an email every time I publish a new post please feel free to subscribe to my blog. CLICK THIS LINK and scroll to the upper right side of the page. You will see a heading EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS. Just enter your email address and click the button “Sign me up!”  It’s easy.

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Bluebonnet Bugler

June 1, 2019

The majority of the Rooster’s comb is painted with mixes of Cadmium Red Deep + Alizarin Crimson and pure Cadmium Red Deep. Then Cadmium Red Light is used to indicate the illumination where the rising sun glows through the thin comb.

Moving to the Rooster’s wing the longest feathers are painted first because they are underneath the brilliant blue ones near his shoulder. Mixes of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + White are used.

Mixtures of Pthalo Blue + White are used for those beautiful, iridescent feathers overlying the longer, rusty ones on his wing.

Cadmium Yellow Medium was added into the mixes leftover from the rust colored wing to use for the “Hackle” feathers on the Rooster’s neck. Then Cadmium Red Light and Alizarin Crimson are combined into those mixes for the “Saddle” feathers cascading over his back and wing.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Tail Feathers of the Rooster

Deep Magenta Morning Glories ramble along the top of the fence. Rich mixtures of Magenta + White and Magenta + Dioxazine Purple + White are used for the large blossoms.

The vine of the Morning Glory winds its way over and around the cedar rail.

Bluebonnet Bugler    24 inches by 30 inches

Heart shaped leaves pop out along the vine and WE’RE DONE! This “Bluebonnet Bugler” is ready to greet the day with a loud “Cock-a-Doodle-Do”! Thank you for following my blog and also for your wonderfully kind comments! With Colorful Smiles,Mikki Senkarik signature JPEGALL SENKARIK IMAGES ARE PROTECTED UNDER INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT LAW