I’ve planned this piece especially for my Valentine’s Day eBay auction. It is quite a bit more complicated than I usually paint on a 16″ x 19″ canvas, normally this composition would be a 36″ x 48″ painting. However I wanted to do something extra special for our collectors to say HAPPY VALENTINE’S for 2012. As a little gift to the winner we are also including the original pen and ink sketch shown above with the painting. So you will actually win 2 pieces of SENKARIK Original Art in this auction.
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Lake Como in Italy is one of the most romantic spots in the world. Armed with a bunch of digital images on our laptop, a photo of a courtyard I cut out of a magazine years ago and my sketch as reference I’ve drawn up the basic elements of the composition on my canvas. The sky is painted first, then I work forward. The most distant mountains are made bluer and lighter so they will recede. To see any of these images larger just click the picture.
The mountains, distant village and Lake Como are completed. Now I paint the heart-shaped chair backs, wine bottle and glasses wet into wet over the water behind them. Bracing my hand on the mahl stick (you can see the whole thing in the previous picture of my easel setup) I delineate the wine bottle and glasses.
The scene though the arch is framed by the darkness of ancient stone walls. A Bougainvillea adds a blast of bright color. The blossoms are blocked in first, the foliage will follow. I had originally planned elephant ears draping down the wall in the upper right corner but decided there should be more color so I added the Morning Glory Vine. That’s the joy of being an artist, I can make them bloom in the early evening.
The music of splashing water adds to the romance. After establishing the structure of the fountain and foliage the falling water is dragged, straight down, over the wet paint.
Lake Como wouldn’t be complete without Geraniums. Like the Bougainvillea the flower color is painted first. This way the blossoms stay crisp and clean when the green leaves are painted around them. If the foliage was blocked in first, my brush would pick up some of the green when the flowers are painted, making the color muddy.
Dancing Day Lilies complete the cozy courtyard. Wouldn’t you like to be able to spend some romantic time with the love of your life, sipping a glass of wine while enjoying the view of Italy’s famous Lake Como? Interlude of Romance is just the place. Hang this painting in your home and you can have a romantic escape anytime you want.
Capture your Valentine’s heart with an Interlude of Romance. The outside dimension of the Senkarik Signature Frame is 16 inches tall and 19 inches wide. The size of the painted image is 11 1/2 inches tall by 14 1/2 inches wide. A Senkarik original oil painting this size sells in our galleries for $890. The auction bidding starts at 14 cents. That’s right, 14 cents for Valentine’s Day. To say Thank You we are giving FREE SHIPPING, anywhere in the continental United States, to the winner.
The auction ends Sunday, February 5 at 8 PM in Texas. That’s Central Standard Time. So have some fun and visit my auction on eBay.
HAPPY VALENTINE’S, Mikki and Jack