Field of Gold

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Let’s get to painting. The color recipes for the sky are #1. White + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson). #2. Mix #1 with a little extra Alizarin Crimson + White. #3. White + Cobalt Blue. #4. Two mixes of White + Pthalo Blue. #5. White + a touch of Ultramarine Blue + a tiny bit of Cadmium Orange.

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The blue sky is painted first. Since the light pours into the painting from the left the lighter mixes #4 and #5 are used on that side. The darker Cobalt Blue mixture #3 is used on the right side of the sky. Then the shadow portions of the clouds are blocked in over the blue. Working wet-into-wet allows me to keep the edges of the clouds soft.

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Next highlights are added on the clouds with mix #5.

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As you drive through the rural areas of Italy, ancient villages can be seen hugging the distant hilltops. San Gimignano with its distinctive towers is one of Jack’s and my favorites. Please remember, you can click on any of the pictures in my blog to see them larger.

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Vineyards also abound throughout Tuscany, let’s just plant one on the hillside!

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After lightly indicating windows in some of the distant buildings I turn to the Sunflowers. I begin by painting a mass of yellow. Mixes of Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD, Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD + Cadmium Orange and pure Cadmium Yellow Medium are used. The colors are all “Smooshed” together with my large Bright (Square) brush. Want to know more about the paintbrushes I like to use? Just CLICK HERE.

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Green foliage is worked around the yellows, helping to shape the blossoms. Then the large dark centers are added. Isn’t it amazing how the blobs of yellow immediately become Sunflowers as soon as the centers are placed?

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Jack and I think my “through to door” pieces look so cool with the scene finished and the rest of the piece still in the sketch stage. I think Mike came up with a winner! The Sunflowers are such a cheery compliment to the hilltop village in the distance. Thank you for visiting our studio today. Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

2 Responses to “Field of Gold”

  1. Peggy Black Says:


  2. 2BKind Says:

    Beautiful. I wondered how to use those square brushes, but now I know for real. Thank you for sharing.

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