Distant Lakes

Beginning with the sky I “Paint Forward”. The distant line of hills is made with White + Ultramarine Blue + a tiny bit of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson). The closer strip of land with trees is painted with several combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White, Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + MUD + White and Pthalo Blue + White. If you would like to see the picture larger, just click on the image.

The part of the lake farthest from the viewer is made with Ultramarine Blue + MUD + White. Then a long stroke of a lighter shade of the same mixture is dragged along the base of the land to give the impression of sunlight sparkling on the distant water. The middle portion of the lake is Ultramarine Blue + Phtalo Blue + White, while the nearest part is Pthalo Blue + White. The intensity of this color makes it come forward.

A little Cadmium Yellow Medium is added to the distant tree mixes to use for those along the far edge of the meadow.

I work carefully around the spokes on the wagon wheel in order to preserve my oil wash sketch.

The paint recipes for the grassy field are: #1. Pthalo Blue + White. #2. Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. #3. Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium. #4. Mix # 3 with extra Cadmium Yellow Medium. #5. The #4 mixture + White + more Cadmium Yellow Medium.

The field is painted with Mix #1 in the far back, moving to the foreground in numerical sequence. Then some of Mix #2 + White is used to drag a line of sunshine in front of the trees at the back edge of the grassy lawn.

A little more White is added to Mix #5 to highlight the grass nearest the patio.

My hand is braced against the mahl stick as I delineate the old wooden wagon wheel.

The landscape is complete, we’ll begin adding the flowers in our next session. I hope you’ll come back! With Cheerful Hugs,Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG





2 Responses to “Distant Lakes”

  1. Fatima Says:

    It’s so beautiful already…Mikki u are so sincere in sharing your colour recipes..I haven’t come across any artist who makes such helpful and wonderful blogs like you…Thank you so much for sharing so much…

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