San Gimignano Poppies

SI82123 San Gimignano Poppies Step 1

This piece is a birthday gift for the mother of a dear friend. Carolyn said one of her mom’s favorite places is the village of San Gimignano in Tuscany. She wants to give her this EMBRYO as a special remembrance. The first step is to sketch up the basic outline with a thin oil wash.

SI82123 San Gimignano Poppies Step 2

The main part of the village is blocked in with dark and light shades of mixtures of Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + White. Strokes of Ultramarine Blue + White are made here and there for coolness in the shadows. After adding rooftops I begin delineating the towers.

SI82123 San Gimignano Poppies Step 3

San Gimignano (pronounced San Jim-an-yano) has such a distinctive skyline. The ancient towers catch the warmth of the late afternoon sun.

SI82123 San Gimignano Poppies Step 4

A vineyard blankets the hillside below the village.

SI82123 San Gimignano Poppies Step 5

Nothing says Tuscany better than a field of Poppies! So let’s fill the foreground with these delightful red flowers. The mass of red is blocked in with mixes of Magenta + White, Cadmium Red Deep and Cadmium Red Light.

SI82123 San Gimignano Poppies 6x6San Gimignano Poppies       6″ x 6″    Original Oil Painting

Dark centers, stems and highlights on the petals complete the field of Poppies. Take a moment to escape to Tuscany. Enjoy the view as the lowering sun casts a warm glow on the tall towers of San Gimignano. Can’t you just feel the gentle breeze that makes the brilliant red flowers bob and dance?  Thanks for following along today. Hugs,

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