Today let’s travel to Provence. Villefranche to be exact, a picturesque village located on the coast of France between Nice and Monaco. After sketching the composition on the canvas with a thin oil wash I begin blocking in the soft pinkish walls. Mixes in varying proportions of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Red Light + White are used.
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Several of my followers have asked how I paint the lacy curtains that show up occasionally in my pieces. First the window area is covered with a translucent oil wash of MUD + Liquin. That is allowed to dry, then I lightly drag the curtains over the washed in area using mixes of Ultramarine Blue + White and MUD + White. I make sure to let some of the dark show through. This layer will serve as the shadows of the filmy material.
When the door and mullions separating the window panes are complete I come back and highlight the curtains illuminated by the sun. Pure White would be too bright, I add a little white to the curtain mixtures leftover from the previous step. You can click on the image to enlarge any of the pictures.
Giant Birds of Paradise provide a dark upright on the left of the door. This prevents the sunlight streaming into the painting from the upper right from going off the left edge of the canvas. The huge leaves direct the viewer’s eye down to the flower pots and cat. Don’t you like the unusual arrangement of the steps leading up to the double door?
Now for that precious little kitty snuggled by the terra-cotta containers. I block in the basic color of his coat with mixes of MUD + Cadmium Orange + a little Ultramarine Blue + White.
Dark stripes are drawn into the wet paint of “Kitty’s” fur. Than I move to the flower pots, planting Petunias and Geraniums. The plants are painted in my usual sequence: Flowers First, Leaves Last.
I have to admit, I instantly fell in love with this cat in Villefranche. The way he nestled at the base of the flower pots enjoying the warmth of the sun heated tiles captured my heart. Jack and I call the sweet tabby cat “Kitty” but the winner of Takin’ a Sunbath also gets the official naming rights for the little baby.
Takin’ a Sunbath 14″ x 14″ Original Oil Painting
This little cutie needs a home. He doesn’t eat very much at all and is very quiet. Perhaps a special cat lover in your life has a birthday coming up. Or Valentine’s is right around the corner. Senkarik Original Paintings make unique gifts that are sure to please.
Takin’ a Sunbath measures 14″ x 14″. And don’t worry about doing any framing, the sides of the gallery wrap canvas are finished, ready for you to hang on your wall. We even provide the hanger and nail!
This size original oil painting retails in our galleries for $690 but to make it more fun we’ve started the bidding at 1 cent. That’s right, ONLY A PENNY! But don’t linger, the auction ends tomorrow Sunday, January 19 at 8 PM Texas (Central) Time.
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