Mixing up California Mission and Sedona

Beginning a new commission that is based on a gate from Mission San Miguel in California. Jack took this picture in the early 1990s when we visited the mission several times. I’m moving it to Arizona! Sedona to be exact.

After establishing the top and bottom perspective lines of the wall, the arch is drawn with a thin mix of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. You can see how I’m using a T-Square, balanced on the top edge of the gallery wrap canvas, to help make sure the guide lines are perfectly straight and upright. Fortunately for me, these old stone structures aren’t completely square and precise, but at least my drawing starts out that way! You may click on this, or any of the other images, to view an enlargement.

Adding the gate comes next.

Now to mix in the Sedona, Arizona part of the painting. The majestic towers of Cathedral Rock rise in the background.

Poker Plant, also called Torch Lilies, will nestle along the edge of the courtyard, underneath the long arms of Hot Pink Bougainvillea reaching over the wall!

Chili Ristras are washed in with a mixture of Alizarin Crimson + Liquin.

We’ll start painting in our next session! I appreciate you watching today, do come back to follow the progress.

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2 Responses to “Mixing up California Mission and Sedona”

  1. Paula Somerville Says:

    Are you moving? Please tell me NO!!

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Oh Paula, absolutely not. I meant to say I was moving the California Mission to Arizona! OPPS! Jack and I lived in Carefree, Arizona for a few years and loved it. But Texas is my real home and I plan to stay! So NO WORRIES!

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