Distant Mountains

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The soft, summer sky is painted first, setting the tone for the rest of the piece. Then I begin to “Paint Forward” on the distant mountains. The range farthest away is made bluer so it will recede. As each successive layer comes closer to the foreground it is made warmer. This follows a basic rule for adding depth to a painting: Cool Colors go Back, Warm Colors come Forward.

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The water of Lake Como is muted in the background. Moving forward the color becomes brighter and more intense. This also helps to give depth to the painting. Varenna, the distant village, is known as the “Pearl of Lake Como”. The reflections of this beautiful little town are pulled straight down into the wet paint of the lake.

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Adding the dark columns of the terrace makes the distant mountains drop back even more. If you would like to enlarge any of these images just click on the picture.

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The bright pink Bougainvillea provides a burst of color cascading down over the arches. Thank you for visiting our studio today. Hope you’ll come back again soon. As I mentioned yesterday, this piece is for my annual Collector Event in Santa Fe August 30 and 31. For more information or if you would like to receive our email catalog of the show paintings please contact us at senkarik@senkarik.com. The catalog will go out as soon as I finish this piece 🙂 Hugs,

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