Distant Village

SF3213 step 4

The sky is completed first, then I paint forward on the Azure Mediterranean Ocean. I follow a simple rule in painting the water: Muted Colors go back, Intense Colors come forward. To make the color of the water in the distance muted I use mixes of Ultramarine Blue + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White. In the middle distance a mix of Ultramarine Blue + Pthalo Blue + White is used. Closest to the front of the painting the water becomes more intense, or brighter, with mixtures of Pthalo Blue + White.

SF3213 step 5

The under wash of the vines is dry so I can paint around them without dirtying the color of the water. I let a ray of sunshine splash across the surface of the ocean, illuminating the hills and the tiny fishing village of Cassis in the distance. Remember, you can click on any of the pictures to see them larger 🙂

SF3213 step 6

The fields of vineyards in the background are painted with cool blue/greens. I let the light hit the most distant vines. After the solid mass of color is blocked in I draw the rows into the wet paint.

SF3213 step 7

The vines on the front hillside are painted with cooler greens in the far back, getting warmer as they come closer. I paint them loosely, allowing some of the under wash to show through. The warmest greens made of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium are reserved for the vines on the right since they are closest to the viewer. The grapes are also made cooler in the distance with mixes of Dioxazine Purple + Ultramarine Blue + White. The ones in the immediate foreground are pure Dioxazine Purple + White.

SF3213 step 8

Dangling bunches of grapes are added on the right and the posts supporting the vines are completed. Tomorrow we’ll plant the field of Red Poppies!

JW Taos 24-250 16x20

AND….Don’t forget. The auction for the hand embellished and signed Limited Original of Jack’s Oil Painting “Taos” ends tomorrow night (Sunday) at 8 PM Texas Time. That’s the Central Time Zone. CLICK HERE to go to the auction. Happy Bidding! Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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One Response to “Distant Village”

  1. Ted Risdall Says:


    Check is in the mail

    Sent from my iPhone on the moon

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