Hot Chilis!

The Chili Ristras are first blocked in with a dark red made of Cadmium Red Deep + Magenta. The individual peppers are shaped with brushstrokes of pure Cadmium Red Deep, which is lighter in value. A mix of Magenta + Liquin is used for the deep shadows between the hot, spicy peppers. You may click on any of the images in this post to view enlargements.

Highlights are added with Cadmium Red Light and Cadmium Red Light + White.

The gate is painted a Southwestern Blue, made with mixes of Pthalo Blue + White. The edges of the boards are accented with the same mixture + extra White.

My collectors had a wonderful suggestion of fuschia, or reddish purple, for the large container where we’ll be planting Sunflowers. I’ve used mixes of Magenta + Dioxazine Purple + White and Magenta + White to block it in.

The tile floor is completely covered with combinations, in varying proportions, of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + White, MUD + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Red Light + White and Cadmium Orange + Pthalo Blue + White. My goal in this step is to establish the shadows and sunlight streaming across the surface. Also, some of the colors from the container and gate are pulled down into the floor directly below them. This gives the impression of reflections into the floor, which is still wet from a summer monsoon that just passed through.

The lines separating the pavers are drawn into the wet paint of the floor with a fine liner brush dipped in a mix of MUD + Liquin.

To paint the lower edge of the gallery wrap canvas I take the painting, attached to a cardboard backing, and lean it upside down against the taboret next to my easel. This makes it easier to paint the bottom surface and continue the tile lines over the edge. To see how the canvas was attached to the cardboard on a piece I finished previously CLICK HERE.

We’ll be planting the Hollyhocks, Sunflowers and Poker Plant in our next session. COME WATCH, I’m even planning to have a video demonstration! Hugs,


© Senkarik 2021

2 Responses to “Hot Chilis!”

  1. roseherczeg Says:

    Hi Mikki, I really really love this painting! Thank you for sharing with the world your amazing talents. Sorry I have been out of commission for a while. Having lots of health issues and just not feeling up to being on the computer much. Will email you soon and catch you up. Sending hugs! XOXO

  2. bowenwhidbeynet Says:


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