Let’s go to Napa

Gallery 1870 sketch 2 Vineyards

Love Wine? Let’s go to Napa. The beautiful California Valley is to be the star of this piece. My sketch is shown above.

SB1013 Allure of Napa Valley Step 9

I’ve started drawing up the basic elements with a thin oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. You can see the colors of our Double Primary paint mixing system laid out on the glass palette. To learn more about how we mix our oil colors CLICK HERE.

SB1013 Allure of Napa Valley Step 10

The design is sketched up and we’re ready to start applying paint. I label the flowers as memory jogger.

SB1013 Allure of Napa Valley Step 11

We’ll begin with the sky, my paint is mixed and ready to go. #1. MUD + White. #2. MUD + Ultramarine Blue + White. #3. Pthalo Blue + White. #4. Mixture #3 with more White Added. #5. Cobalt Blue + White. #6. Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. #7. Mix #6 with additional White. You may click on the picture to enlarge the image.

SB1013 Allure of Napa Valley Step 12

The blue sky is blocked in first. Mix #5 is used toward the top of the canvas, #4 closest to the horizon and #3 in between. The transition between the different colors is made smooth. Since the clouds are in large masses I leave that area uncovered. The clouds are started with the shadows (mix #1) first.

SB1013 Allure of Napa Valley Step 13

The Middletones (#6) are painted next, followed by the Highlights (#7) at the very last.

SB1013 Allure of Napa Valley Step 14

The most distant mountains are made with mixture #2. The foreground mountain is painted warmer so it will come forward of the bluer or cooler one behind it. The vine on the left is now washed in with Sap Green + Liquin and Alizarin Crimson + Liquin. This is one of the times I add a special color to my usual Double Primary Palette. The wash of Sap Green juxtaposed with the Alizarin wash gives the feel of the large leaves backlit by the sun.

SB1013 Allure of Napa Valley Step 15

The final step today is to wash in the vines on the right side of the road. Viridian Green + Liquin and Pthalo Blue + Liquin are used here. Viridian Green is also another color that is not usually on our palette but is very handy for special instances. Later, when the washes are dry, I will go back on the vines and add more foliage with opaque oil paint. Thanks for visiting today. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

Website: www.senkarik.com

One Response to “Let’s go to Napa”

  1. pitzersart Says:

    Did you guys blast home and go right to work?!?!? My goodness – – give the diva a half day off for goodness sake [?][?][?][?][?] Rob Pitzer Pitzers Fine Arts P O Box 2850 Wimberley, Texas 78676 G: 512-722-6032 C: 512-983-1085 rob@pitzersart.com http://www.pitzersart.com Sola Gracia *(By Grace Alone)*

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