Anniversary Surprise

Actually I did this commission several weeks ago, but it was a surprise Anniversary Gift so I couldn’t post it on my blog. Here is the piece my collector saw on my eBay auction, he tried to win it but was sniped at the very last second. So….Rick contacted me and asked me to do something especially for his lovely wife.

Now Roseann can watch her painting come together. She loves Italy, flowers and fountains. After visiting with Rick and discussing several ideas here’s what we came up with. The basic plan is sketched up on the canvas with a thin oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. 

The distant scene through the archway is painted first, beginning with the sky.

The farthest mountains along the Amalfi Coast are blocked in over the sky, then the water is painted. Notice how the water in the distance is more muted, the color becomes brighter and more intense as we move closer to the viewer. Following this simple rule helps to give the feeling of distance in the painting: Muted Colors Recede; Bright, Intense Colors Come Forward.

Now I concentrate on the quaint village of Amalfi. My wrist is braced against the mahl stick, steadying my hand as I delineate the fine details of the buildings.

The closest bluffs are made darker so the distant village glows. A small beach along the base of the rocks beckons the viewer to “Come take a dip”!

The villa below our vantage point is draped in a cascade of Bouganvilleas. The hot pink pops against the azure water in the distance. Thank you for following along today. If you would like to receive an email every time I publish a new post please feel free to subscribe to my blog. CLICK THIS LINK and scroll to the upper right side of the page. You will see a heading EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS. Just enter your email address and click the button “Sign me up!”  It’s easy. And if you enjoy my blog please CLICK the FaceBook LIKE Button. As we say in Texas, “Much Obliged!

3 Responses to “Anniversary Surprise”

  1. Deb Haney Says:

    One thing is for sure!!! She will NOT be disappointed!!!!! I treasure our anniversary painting!!!! Hugs to you, Mikki!!!
    Deb =))))))

  2. Carol Landry Says:

    Love it!!

    Carol Landry

  3. Says:

    Do you have any plans to come to Arizona in the future

    Sent from my iPhone


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