Going to Greece

Let’s get on our magic carpet today and zip off to Greece. Santorini to be exact! We’re beginning again on another commission, this one for a collector in New Mexico. Here’s my pen and ink sketch. As you read though my blog please keep in mind, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

The painting is framed in our Senkarik-White Signature Frame made of a heavy, textured white acrylic applied to a gallery wrap canvas. The blue painter’s tape covers the frame, protecting it from the oil paint. When I’m done I’ll pull the tape off, leaving a clean edge. Using my sketch and photos on my laptop for reference I start sketching the basic plan on the canvas with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

A T-Square, resting on the top of the canvas, is used to make the upright lines straight. Working on the gate you can see how it was a bit too short so I made it taller.

Santorini is a town of steps, this walk goes up several.

After finishing the wall and gate along the back of the foreground level, perspective lines for the domed church are made. The two vanishing points are marked with red arrows.

The details of the church are now drawn in.

Vines cascade over the opening into a private little courtyard on the left. They are washed in with mixes of Sap Green + Liquin, Pthalo Blue + Liquin and Magenta + Liquin.

The drawing is complete and all of my flowers are labeled. Both help to guide me through the painting process, much like a road map does on a driving adventure. Thank you for following along. 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!



One Response to “Going to Greece”

  1. Rose Herczeg Says:

    Mikki, I am going to tag along to Greece with you, since I will not be seeing it in person any time soon. Looks amazing even with just the sketch! Lovely! Thanks for always writing up the details. Makes it easy to follow! Hugs!

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