Enchanted by a Little Bistro

Starting a new painting is filled with excitement. Rather than planning paintings way ahead I go for what captures my heart at the time I’m beginning a fresh piece. For this painting, that’s going to my gallery in the Napa Valley,  Provence tickled my fancy. So I browsed through my images of Southern France. WHAM!!!!! When I saw this picture of the little bistro table and chairs I was enchanted. My imagination took off…..

Grabbing my sketchbook I quickly scribbled my thoughts. I love the cobalt blue shutters and rugged rock buildings found in the region, definitely had to add those. A window box filled with Geraniums would be nice. And HAVE to have Sunflowers in a blue, ceramic container! Since this is not for a commission I don’t even ink the sketch in, I have enough information in the rough pencil sketch to solidify my idea. You may click on the sketch to see it larger.

The painting is on a gallery wrap canvas, the painted image will extend on to the sides of the canvas. In order to make it easier to handle the wet painting I’ve attached the canvas to a sheet of double ply cardboard. CLICK HERE to see how that was done. Architecture and chairs are drawn first in a thin oil wash of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

Wine bottle and glasses are natural accompaniments!

The open area of the window is washed in with translucent (not opaque) washes of MUD + Liquin and Ultramarine Blue + Liquin. I want the underlying white canvas to glow through the translucent washes giving luminosity to the opening. When the window sash is painted over the dry wash it will give them impression of depth in the room behind.

Wine in glasses and bottle is washed in with Alizarin Crimson + Liquin. Then the top part of the bottle is covered with a wash of Sap Green + Liquin. The large ceramic container on the left is blocked in with a wash of Ultramarine Blue + Liquin.

I’ll let the washes dry and we’ll be ready to begin applying opaque oil paint in our next session. Hope you’ll come follow the progress of this painting! 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.

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5 Responses to “Enchanted by a Little Bistro”

  1. Fatima Says:

    Hello Mikki..i use plain oil colours that are not alkyd..just wanted to know what shud i add to paint to give it an impasto effect showing brushstrokes as in your wonderful paintings?..love ur sketch and real pleasure to see you paint!

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Fatima, Thank you for your kind remarks. I don’t add anything to my paint for the impasto effect. I just use LOTS of Paint on my brush. All you have to do is Load your brush! HAPPY PAINTING! Mikki

  2. bonita austin Says:

    I keep getting oohs and aahs from visitors when they see my 3 paintings of the French vineyards with poppies and the cats in my kitchen. I still love them many years later and get to see them many times a day. Hope you are well and “hanging in”.

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Thank you Bonnie! I’m so glad your Senkarik “Billboards of Happiness” are still bringing you joy! I’m doing great, super busy painting. Been thinking of you in the frozen cold of the north! With WARM HUGS and ear rubs to your kitties, Mikki

  3. Cathleen Battles Says:

    Good morning! As pictured, what size is this? You know I love patios!


    Sent from my iPhone


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