Hills of the Wine Country

SK9114 Step 5

We’ll start by painting the sky. My color mixtures are shown above. #1. White + Cobalt Blue. #2. White + Pthalo Blue. #3. White + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson). #4 and #5. Light and medium shades of White + Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + MUD.

SK9114 Step 6

The entire sky is covered in blue. Mix #1 is used near the top of the canvas while #2 makes the portion of the sky nearest the horizon.

SK9114 Step 7

Then the dark shadows of the clouds (#3) are lightly dragged over the blue. Working wet-into-wet softens the edges of the clouds, making them fall into the distance.

SK9114 Step 8

After the highlights are added on the fluffy clouds the most distant mountain is blocked in. There is a simple rule that helps give depth to a painting: Cool Colors Go Back, Warm Colors Come Forward. Painting the hill farthest away blue makes it recede. For those of you who are artists this is a good rule to write on an index card and tack to your easel where you can see it as you work. I repeat this often in my blogs because IT REALLY WORKS! I also soften the top edge of the mountain to make it fall back. Here’s another one of those important rules to give the feeling of distance: Soft Edges Go Back, Sharp Edges Come Forward.

SK9114 Step 9

“Painting Forward” the hills become progressively warmer. I’m going ahead and blocking in the Eucalyptus Tree before finishing the hill behind. I accidentally made a few errant brush stokes there and liked the shape, I don’t want to lose it!

SK9114 Step 10

Now I go back to working on the closest mountain. It’s warmer than those behind it, but the colors are still relatively cool  so it will stay in the background.

SK9114 Step 11

Jack and I think my paintings look so neat at this stage with the background almost painted and the foreground still a sketch. You can click on any of the images to enlarge them. Thanks for following along today. Hope you’ll come back again soon. Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

2 Responses to “Hills of the Wine Country”

  1. Mary Carmel Says:

    I love that you take the time to explain color mixtures and why you use them. It’s kind of like “Oil painting for Dummies”!
    At least that is what this struggling artist thinks. You are providing an awesome service as you create breathtaking paintings.

  2. Laura Says:

    Thanks for sharing such good information Mikki. Very nice!

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