Magic of the Big Sur

We begin today by constructing the building on the right side of the courtyard. Some of the stucco has chipped off, exposing the underlying brick. The stucco area is covered first, with mixtures left over from the walls that were painted previously. Then, using some of the tile mixes from the floor, I paint the bricks wet-into-wet over the stucco. The owner of the first gallery that represented me in Santa Fe loved when I sent him pieces with the crumbling adobe. He called it “Rotten Stucco”! Please remember, you may click on any of the images to see enlargements.

Dovecotes line up along the top of the building. The angled tiles form triangular cubbyholes where pigeons and morning doves roost and nest. I love this architectural feature that can be seen on buildings all over Europe and the Middle East.

The rest of the Wisteria draping down over the front of the building is now completed.

Geraniums fill the square containers balanced on the tile ledge of the arched window.

Gerbera Daisies are blocked in with combinations of several shades of Permanent Rose + White, Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson and Cadmium Orange.

Heart shaped leaves of Sweet Potato Vine cascade from the planter box, bringing a touch of romance to the scene. Mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Lemon Yellow + White are used for the lovely foliage. The larger leaves of the Gerbera Daisies are made with Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White.

After the foliage of the Gerbera Daisies is finished, I come back and delineate the individual petals of the bright blossoms.

The final step in painting the Gerbera Daisies is to add the centers. This is done in 3 steps. #1. A black center is made with a mix of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin Original. #2. A blob of Cadmium Yellow Medium is placed in the middle of that. #3. A tiny dark speck of the MUD mix is then dotted in the very center of the yellow.

“Magic of the Big Sur”

The colorful flowers and red door in the Tuscan courtyard accentuate the majestic “Magic of the Big Sur” that beckons the viewer to come down and play on the beach in the distance. I don’t know about you but I’m ready to go feel the soft sand squish between my toes, breathe in the salty air and get lost in the soothing music of the crashing waves! This has been a fun painting to do, I appreciate you following along and all of your encouraging words. With Grateful Hugs,


Β© Senkarik 2022

5 Responses to “Magic of the Big Sur”

  1. Don Dillard Says:

    Great work Mikki….beautiful..congratulations πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™β€¦.Do n

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. singlikewildflowers Says:

    I like how you write down the names of the flowers! The Wisterias are beautiful.

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