Rockin’ Right Along

The distant Islands are painted into the wet Caribbean water. The island farthest away is made lighter and cooler so it will recede. The closer bluffs are warm combinations of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + a little more Ultramarine Blue + White. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to view them larger.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Palm Trees

Bougainvilleas cascade over the irregular stone wall that leads down the hill. The colorful bracts are mixes of Magenta + Permanent Rose + White and Permanent Rose + White. Then leaves are painted around the masses of pink with mixtures of Viridian Green + Pthalo Blue + White and Pthalo Blue + White.

NOW…. Let’s get to Rockin’ and construct this building! Several combinations in different proportions are made of MUD + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. Ultramarine Blue + MUD + White is also mixed to use for the cooler areas on the wall. I’m very careful to work around my sketch of the large leaves of the Giant Bird of Paradise in the upper right corner in order to maintain their graceful curves.

As the wall is finished behind the Bougainvillea I go ahead and draw the gnarled trunks into the wet paint with a mix of MUD + Liquin.

The bracket holding the hanging basket by the door is also painted directly into the wet, rock wall. My lower arm is braced against the Mahl stick, which is hooked over the top of my easel, to steady my hand as I delineate the details.

The brilliant Caribbean sun pours into the courtyard from the right, washing the wall by the door with warm light. After covering the wall with the lighter mixes the crevices between the large rocks are drawn into the wet paint with MUD + Liquin.

The arch over the door is added next.

WHEW! Rockin’ is DONE! Getting the walls constructed really changes the look of the azure Caribbean water glowing in the background! We’ll be doing some planting in our next session. Why don’t you grab your gardening gloves and come give me a hand? With Colorful Smiles,


2 Responses to “Rockin’ Right Along”

  1. Terri El-Farkh Says:

    I know everyone is busy this time of year taking care of last minute shopping and planning but I wanted to take a minute and thank you for sharing your beautiful paintings and techniques with your followers. You have such a giving spirit. I hope you have a lovely holiday. Can’t wait to see it finished.

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Terri, Thank you so much for taking time to send such a thoughtful message. May your heart be filled with the Love and Joy of Our Lord as we celebrate His birthday! With BIG HUGS, Mikki

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