Clear Skies and Lavender

SB1914 Step 4

I begin any landscape painting with the sky. It’s the light source and sets the tone for the rest of the piece. Today’s forecast calls for sunny skies with no clouds. So my paint mixtures are as follows: #1. Cobalt Blue + White. #2. Pthalo Blue + White. #3. Pthalo Blue + a touch of Lemon Yellow + White.

SB1914 Step 5

Since the light is entering the scene from the right the sky mixtures are placed with the darkest on the left, the lightest closest to the sun. The junctions between the colors are feathered so there is a smooth transition from left to right. You can click the image to see it larger.

SB1914 Step 6

Painting “Forward” the most distant mountain is made bluer so it recedes. The closest one is warmer with muted purples and greyed blue greens. This follows a simple rule that helps to give a painting depth: Cool Colors Go Back, Warm Colors Come Forward.

SB1914 Step 6B

Now for the Lavender field. My paint is mixed and we’re ready to go. #1. Ultramarine Blue + White. #2. Ultramarine Blue + Dioxazine Purple + White. #3. Dioxazine Purple + White. #4. Mix #3 + more White. #5. Mix #4 + even more White.

SB1914 Step 7

The field is now painted with the cooler mixes, #1 and #2, in the distance. Mixture #3 is used in the middle ground, while #4 is reserved for the front of the lavender.

SB1914 Step 8

After blocking in the entire field I come back with the lighter mix #5 to delineate the rows of lavender.

SB1914 Step 9

Alright, done with the lavender! Can you hear the bees buzzing in the distance? They’re gathering nectar for lavender honey. Have a wonderful evening and we’ll see you tomorrow. Wear your hard hats, we’ll be working on the old, stone villa. Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

Website: www.senkarik.com

One Response to “Clear Skies and Lavender”

  1. nanseesart Says:

    It’s always a little oasis in time, when I look at your paintings in progress. I love how you describe what you are doing, with a little poetic twist. I know I have said that before, but, just wanted to let you know how positive your paintings are, in a world that seems to be going crazy. It is a joy to get your emails and see what is going on in your happy little world. As artists, we DO create atmospheres, either for good, or not so good. Some artists choose to scream their anger to the world, where other artists such as yourself create a better place of hope, beauty and joy. I know you have suffered more than many, yet your work creates such peace, hope, joy, and lots of smiles.

    Blessings by the Cupp-ful,
    Nancy

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