Starting Anew


Today we’re starting on a new commission for a long time collector who saw the painting above in a video of my work. Just CLICK HERE if you would like to view the YouTube.

SF3213 step 1

Bonnie wants her painting in a little different size than the one she originally saw. No problem, I can make the composition fit the new format. I begin drawing up the plan in an oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) thinned with Liquin. To see any of these pictures larger just click on the image.

SF3213 step 2

After the basic elements are sketched in I apply an underwash on the vines. The most distant part of the row on the left is washed in with a mix of Viridian Green + Pthalo Blue + a liberal amount of Liquin. The coolness of these colors makes the end of the row recede. As the vines come closer to the foreground I use Sap Green + Liquin which is warmer. This follows a basic rule: Warm Colors come forward, Cool Colors go back.

SF3213 step 3

A little bit of Alizarin Crimson is added for extra warmth in the leaves of the vine on the right. We’ll start painting tomorrow, hope you’ll come follow along. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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One Response to “Starting Anew”

  1. gayle hamrick Says:

    Love your work!

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