Tapestry of Fall

I selected deep blue containers for this piece because they stand out from the rusts and golds of the distant trees. The large ceramic pots are formed with mixes of Ultramarine Blue + White.

The entire surface of the terrace floor is covered with mixes of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + White. The light and shadow pattern is established, then the perspective lines of the tiles are drawn into the wet paint with a fine liner brush dipped in a thin oil mix of MUD + Liquin. You may click on this image, or any of the others, to see enlargements.

Next the horizontal lines separating the individual pavers are drawn. Working wet-into-wet makes it much easier to pull smooth lines. AND, if a line happens to go awry I can easily paint it out and start over!

The brilliant hot pink Bougainvillea is painted with combinations of Permanent Rose + White, Cadmium Red Light + Permanent Rose + White, Cadmium Red Light + White and Cadmium Red Light. The rich, deep shade of the evergreens behind the Bougainvillea makes it appear even brighter.

Cadmium Yellow Sunflowers nod and bob their heads cheerfully beside Ms. Bougie!

The distinctive centers are first made with the MUD + Liquin mixture. Then the lighter rim is added with some of the color remaining from the floor.

A few petals float to the floor in the soft mountain breeze.

I’ve decided to change the flowers in the front right corner to deep red Geraniums. The fluffy blossoms are blocked in with Cadmium Red Deep and Cadmium Red Deep + Alizarin Crimson. I’d originally planned White lilies here, but I realize they will take away from the silvery, sunlit lake in the distance. Orange ones would compete with the oranges and golds in the trees beyond the terrace. And pink won’t work because of the pink Bougainvillea.

Sweet Potato Vine cascades from under the Geraniums. The leaves of this sweet vine cast heart shaped shadows on the container. An added plus of the Geranium and Sweet Potato Vine is their green leaves contrast with the fall foliage, making it pop!

Sunlit petals of the Geranium are accentuated with Cadmium Red Light.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Changing the Grapes to Wisteria!

The gnarled, twisted trunks of the Wisteria are highlighted by the filtered light streaming through the vine covered pergola. 

Come take a seat, have a sip of wine and enjoy the view of silvery Jordan Lake surrounded by mountains blanketed in the “Tapestry of Fall”. Thank you for joining me in the studio, I hope you’ll come back again soon! With Big Hugs, 

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© Senkarik 2021


11 Responses to “Tapestry of Fall”

  1. kbasli Says:

    Wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Claudette Vanstone Says:

    It’s rather a Covid theme… no one there because they need to be 5 feet apart. But … a dream for days to come!

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Thank you for your comment Claudette. Actually, I always leave the chairs and benches empty in my pieces. Rarely do I put figures in my paintings unless it’s a commission and the collector has specifically requested that I add people. I want my paintings to have ‘Walkability”, in other words they invite the person looking at them to step in, walk around and take part in the colorful bonanza of flowers and landscape. In “Tapestry of Fall” the empty chairs allow the viewer to visualize themselves sitting there comfortably, sipping wine and enjoying the spectacular scenery. AND besides….paintings are COVID FREE!
      I appreciate you following my blog. Hope you’ll subscribe. Have a great day, Mikki

  3. Barbara Says:

    Very Beautiful, wish I were sitting in that chair enjoying the view !

  4. roseherczeg Says:

    You are such a blessing! Seeing all these wonderful flowers make me feel so hopeful! Spring is here! thank you for all you do for other artists… you are leaving a generous legacy for years to come!

  5. Lynanne Badger Says:

    This is so lovely. Can I set a reservation for a glass of wine there once it’s built please? 💗

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