Secret Cove – A Limited Original

LO Secret Cove #11-49 Step 1

Today I’m working on a Limited Original, a digital reproduction of one of my original oil paintings that has been printed on canvas. I enhance each piece with Alkyd Oil paint. It has the same intensity and longevity of regular oils but dries much faster. Every piece is part of an edition but is different because I never embellish them in the same way. Hence the name Limited Original. The giclee on canvas without any enhancement is shown above.

LO Secret Cove #11-49 Step 2

A few days before painting on the giclee the entire image was covered with two thin coats of UV varnish to give added protection from sunlight. The first step when I begin embellishing the piece is to increase the vibrance of certain areas with oil washes. Pthalo Blue + Liquin is on the left, Ultramarine Blue + Liquin on the right. The liquin is the brownish blob in the upper left.

LO Secret Cove #11-49 Step 3

The blue of the sky is washed with the Pthalo Blue mix. The area to the right of my brush has been covered. Can you see the difference from the portions of the sky to the left?

LO Secret Cove #11-49 Step 4

The ocean from the horizon to just in front of the rocks has been washed with the Ultramarine Blue mix. The Pthalo Blue mixture has been used on the water closer to the beach. Then I go back to add warmth and texture to the clouds with opaque mixes of White + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue.

LO Secret Cove #11-49 Step 5

My collector grew up going to the beach and loves the sandpipers that run in the wet sand, just ahead of the encroaching sea foam. Bruce asked if I could add a few of them to his piece. NO PROBLEM. That’s the fun of doing the Limited Originals, we can add elements that make each piece unique. My arm is braced against the mahl stick to steady my hand as I delineate the nimble birds.

LO Secret Cove #11-49 Step 6

Permanent Rose + White makes the bright Pink Ginger blossoms. The leaves have been washed with Viridian Green + Liquin. If you are new to my blog I just want to let you know you can click on any of the pictures to view them larger.

LO Secret Cove #11-49 Step 7

Bruce also requested that I change the Magenta Impatiens to Yellow Daisies. The Bird of Paradise flowers and the Ti Plant in the left corner have been repainted.

LO Secret Cove #11-49 Step 8

The Daisies are finished and I start working on the Bougainvillea. The vibrant flowers are painted with Permanent Geranium Lake + White, Permanent Rose + White and Cadmium Red Light + White.

LO Secret Cove #11-49 24x30Secret Cove     Limited Original   #11/49

Secret Cove has a new look! I don’t know about you but I’m ready to go for a walk on the beach. Smell the surf and feel the wet sand between your toes. If you listen closely you can hear the peeps of the sandpipers over the soft swoosh of the waves. Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

2 Responses to “Secret Cove – A Limited Original”

  1. Maude Butta Says:

    love It !

  2. Doris Nickerson Says:

    This is simply beautiful. It made me want to start a new painting right away.

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