Venetian Enchantment

Every once in a while I vacillate on an element in my painting composition. This is one of those times. I had originally planned a striped mooring pole. But deciding it was too busy I’m replacing it with a plain wooden post, similar to the thousands seen in Venetian canals. Since light pours into the painting from the upper left, the right side of the upright is made bluer, giving the impression of roundness.

Moss covered bricks line the bottom of the building, just above the water’s edge. The body of water is painted with several shades of Ultramarine Blue + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White.

Next, colors from the mossy brick and steps are pulled straight down into the wet paint of the water. This gives the impression of reflections, dancing below the building.

It’s fun adding shimmering reflections from the weathered green shutters, umbrella and table in the courtyard into the canal.

Our romantic Gondola is next. This uniquely Venetian vessel is painted with mixtures of Ivory Black + White.

After painting the Ultramarine Blue cover, gold trim is added on the Gondola. Notice the mooring pole, I still can’t make up my mind! The wooden post just seemed too dark and dreary so I scraped it off with my painting knife.

But before dealing with that I’ll finish the water. The gallery wrap canvas is attached to a piece of cardboard, making it easier to handle the wet painting. The entire unit is laid flat on my taboret to finish the lower edge. Want to know how the canvas is attached to the backing board? CLICK HERE to find out.

Back to the striped mooring pole. I think Red and White or Blue and White would be too glaring; let’s go with Blue and Gold.

NOPE…..still doesn’t do it for me. SO……I go back through my Venice reference and discover my solution.

AH HA! Solid COBALT BLUE is just what I’m looking for.

Venetian Enchantment   30″ x 30″

NOW, I’m happy. If you’ve never been to Venice it’s an amazing place. Gliding along in a Gondola through the narrow canals you catch glimpses of hidden, romantic courtyards. The experience fills your heart with “Venetian Enchantment”! Thank you for following my blog! BIG HUGS, 

10 Responses to “Venetian Enchantment”

  1. Deb Haney Says:

    Such a peaceful place with so much charm! I love your colors and reflections on the water!!! Very relaxing…special hugs to you, Mikki!!!
    Deb Haney =)))

  2. Jackie Dreyer Says:

    Sooo beautiful! Just love it.

  3. Rosie Says:

    Beautiful! I just love this!

  4. Alice Cox Says:

    A very inviting and instructive painting! I feel that the blue mooring pole helps my eyes move around the painting.

  5. Mary Lou Poirier Says:

    Thanks for sending me these wonderful art lessons. The paintings are beautiful.

  6. Bud McLeod Says:

    Thank you for sharing your talent in these videos. You are inspiring me to get back to painting. Kinda lost interest in all of my hobbies since our daughter passed away in December. Thank you so much!
    God Bless

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Oh my goodness Bud, my heart cries for you. How heartbreaking to lose your daughter, I can’t even imagine your pain. I wish I could just reach out to give both you and your wife a big hug. As difficult as it is to step back to the easel, it’s very healing. It’s amazing how God works. When Jack died, July 15, 2016, I had several commissions to do. One was a family portrait for a birthday gift, August 8. In order to meet that date the painting had to be shipped by Aug 1. My collector was very understanding and told me, don’t worry if you don’t get it done in time for my wife’s birthday. BUT…..I knew Jack would come down from Heaven and boot me in the backside if I didn’t get busy and get it done. Seriously though, I knew he would be disappointed if I didn’t meet my commitment. As hard as it was to do, it was the BEST thing for me. I had been wandering around aimlessly in a fog, working on the painting made me focus. Being productive made me feel better and doing that portrait was the beginning of the road to recovery. Our Lord had the perfect plan for me.

      I so appreciate your kind words that watching my videos is helping you. I pray painting will bring you some much needed peace. Just remember, the most comforting thing is knowing you will be with your daughter again one day in Heaven. You are in my prayers. BIG HUGS, Mikki

  7. Patricia Ann Ingram Says:

    WOW! Once again I am blown away! You are such a great artist! I wish I had just the talent you have in your little finger! Truly amazing and Thank You so much for sharing your “how to” with us! May God Bless

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Thank you Patricia Ann, but I have to give the credit to God for guiding my brush and ideas. I feel so blessed that He allows me to celebrate His beauty on canvas. I appreciate you following my blog and all of your kind comments. BIG HUGS, Mikki

  8. Bob Ragland Says:

    Bravo! YOU! It’s always great to see your posts. Very instructive as always. I first saw your work in A gallery in Taos NM. I was on a road trip years ago. Thanks again.

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