Dressed for Fall

I love being an artist, we can skip all over the world with just the change of a canvas. Today we are in the vineyards overlooking Cassis, a quaint fishing village on the southern coast of Provence, France. The vines are turning color as the long summer days shorten into the coolness of fall. After the basic elements are sketched up on the canvas I cover the vines with thin oil washes of Alizarin Crimson + Liquin and Sap Green + Liquin.

The sky is completed first, then the ocean. Next I paint the bluffs protecting the quiet village. Since this is a small painting I can brace my left hand against the easel, steadying my right to indicate the distant buildings.

Clairette is a variety of white wine grape grown in the Provence, Rhone and Languedoc regions of France.  The sign board is painted first with the light and shadow pattern. The lettering is then drawn, wet-into-wet, on the surface. I use a fine liner brush dipped in Magenta thinned with liquin.

The field below this vineyard is made a soft, grey-green so it will drop back while providing subtle contrast to the reds and oranges in the foreground vines.

Dressed for Fall             11″ x 14″        Original Oil Painting

A few strokes of blue from the ocean are made in the foliage to add coolness in the shadows. Bright leaves, twisting tendrils and woody runners finish out the vines that are Dressed for Fall. Thank you for dropping by our studio today. I want to thank all of you for your questions and encouraging comments. Make sure to visit again soon, we’ll be going to Greece! Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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3 Responses to “Dressed for Fall”

  1. Claudia Sorensen Says:

    You love being an artist, I love you being an artist. Love, love, love your work.

  2. Dave Says:

    Your blog is a fabulous resource for painters that are looking for inspiration and technique. It’s practically a free workshop. I think you’re very generous to share as you have!

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