Let’s Run Away to Italy

I love being an artist. I can travel anywhere in the world without walking out the door. I just step up to the easel and I’m whisked away on my magic carpet to spend the day where ever I want to be. How easy is that? So let’s run away to Italy today. Lake Como to be exact, our collector’s father had been stationed there years ago. He wanted to commission a piece to capture that beautiful area. This is based on a large painting I’ve done, Essence of Romance. We’ve kept most of the major elements the same but have changed many of the flowers.

I first “build” the foreground structure. Getting all those arches and columns correct is really important. The lines are drawn with a brush dipped in an oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. Then a thinner wash, with more Liquin added, is used to establish the shadow pattern on the architecture. The blue painter’s tape around the image protects our White Senkarik Signature Frame. When the painting is finished the tape will be pulled off, leaving the pristine frame.

The table and chairs, offering a pleasant place to sit and enjoy the view, are developed next.

After the foreground elements are complete I draw the distant village of Varenna and the distinctive mountains in the background. Whew! That was fun, I so enjoy this kind of challenge with architectural perspective. Hope you will come back to visit the studio soon so you can see how this painting progresses. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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One Response to “Let’s Run Away to Italy”

  1. mjspringett Says:

    I am glad that you can run away occasionally, even if it is vicariously :), MJ

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