Italian Countryside

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San Gimignano is a treat to visit, we treasure the time we were able to spend in this unforgettable hilltop village. The medieval architecture makes you feel as if you’ve stepped far, far back into time. Unlike many of the towns in Tuscany, San Gimignano has been able to preserve most of its original watch towers. I accentuate its unique silhouette by making the lower part of the sky behind the towers lighter with a mixture of Pthalo Blue + White. The upper portion of the sky is made a little darker with a mix of Cobalt Blue + White.

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The distant hillside is painted with a green made of Pthalo Blue + a tiny touch of Cadmium Orange + White. Some of the color from the village is dragged into the hillside, then the rows of vineyards are painted into the “field”. My wrist is resting on a mahl stick to steady my hand. If you would like to know more about the mahl stick we use CLICK HERE.

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Painting forward the next vineyard is made of a mixture of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. The perspective lines of the rows of vines help guide your eye to the village on the distant hill.

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The vines in the foreground of the “Vignette” are a warmer green mixed with Ultramarine Blue + Lemon Yellow. The most distant part of the rows are made cooler with blue and lavender so they recede. The grass is made of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow and is also painted cooler in the distance.

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After studying the painting in the mirror behind me I decide to take out the sunlight streaming across the grass under the vines just outside the archway. The bright grass distracted from the village on the hillside which is the focal point of the piece. Now your eye is drawn over the darkness, or threshold, to San Gimignano highlighted by the clear summer sky. Have a wonderful day. Smiles and Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

Website: www.senkarik.com

2 Responses to “Italian Countryside”

  1. mike Says:

    Mikki, why do you paint so many paintings through arches? Just wondering, since, in some sense, the frame is an arch?
    MS

  2. Chuck Says:

    I was wondering if you could show us how you have your camera and lights set up for photographing the lessons. I, for one, appreciate all the time you spend teaching newbies such as me. Thanks.

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