Painting Santa Fe!

Working on another new painting for my gallery in Santa Fe, Masterpiece Gallery. Traffic is picking up after the long season of covid, they need more small Senkariks. Jack used to call these 16 inch by 16 inch pieces, “SUITCASE PAINTINGS”. Our collectors could take them home in their luggage, there was no need for shipping! I begin by sketching the basic composition on the canvas with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. Please remember, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

I label all of the flowers so I don’t forget my original plan!

The background, seen though the gate and over the wall, is painted with soft greens made of several shades of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. Mixtures of Cadmium Orange + MUD + White and Ultramarine Blue + White are used for the adobe walls.

The Lintel over the gate is made with MUD + Cadmium Orange + White. A typical New Mexico design is then carved into the wet paint with MUD + Liquin.

One of my favorite things about painting Santa Fe is all of the brightly hued gates that grace the “City Different”. Over the years Jack and I have photographed many of them for my reference files. The sunny part of this one is pure Cadmium Red Light, while the shadow is Cadmium Red Deep + Magenta. The wrought iron latch is added with MUD + Liquin.

Crosses are found displayed on many of the adobe walls. I’ve always loved the red heart on this one!

The Saltillo tile floor is first covered, establishing the light and dark pattern of sunlight and shadows streaming across the pavers. Mixes of MUD + Cadmium Orange, MUD + Cadmium Orange + White and Cadmium Orange + Pthalo Blue + White are used.

Then the perspective lines delineating the tiles are pulled into the wet paint with a thin brush dipped in the MUD + Liquin mix.

Horizontal lines separating the pavers and my signature are added. That finishes the entry floor; we’re done for this session. Hope you’ll come back and see how it looks when I plant all the flowers!

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2 Responses to “Painting Santa Fe!”

  1. Liz Mc Cann Says:

    Your 🖼🎨🖌are always awe inspiring
    Love to watch a genius at work..your flowers 🌼 are beyond belief and so life like..bless your hands..🇮🇪🇺🇲💕🤗

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