Provence Villa

I’m beginning a new commission today, a painting of Provence for a collector in Germany! Waltraud is an accomplished artist who is coming to visit her sister in the States. We’ve been corresponding for quite some time and she asked if I would do a painting for her of the piece shown above, “Sunflower Serenade”. She wants to carry the art back to Germany on the plane with her. Her sweet brother-in-law was so kind to research with the airline exactly how large we could make the painting. He discovered 16 inches by 20 inches was the biggest that would fit in their overhead compartments. So here goes…..

Looking at the original piece I remembered the sketch of a Villa in Provence I’d made while Jack and I were on a wonderful Mediterranean cruise in 2004. Pixie Glore, an artist Jack had been helping online, met us at the ship and drove us through the countryside of Southern France. Please remember, as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to view them larger.

Pixie took us to some very picturesque places including Cassis, a quaint fishing village nestled on the coast. I was happy as a clam, sketching fast and furiously as we drove. I must say, Jack and Pixie were super patient with me as I wanted to stop about every 5 seconds for photo ops! Fortunately, with all of us being artists it really wasn’t a problem.

Anyway, back to the villa. I thought it would work beautifully in Waltraud’s painting, all I had to do was put the image in photoshop and flip it!

The canvas is attached to cardboard which will make it easy to handle the wet art. To see how this is done, CLICK HERE.  Pictures of the reference painting and flipped out villa are taped to my easel. I begin sketching the distant landscape with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. Another change I’ve decided to make is to add the ocean in the distance. Seems very appropriate since this villa was very close to the coast and Cassis. Plus, I’m certain Waltraud will enjoy seeing the ocean during those LONG winter months in Germany.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Sketching the Villa

Bracing my wrist against the mahl stick steadies my hand as I draw the stripes on the awnings!

Blue Shutters and Door are sketched in with a thin oil wash of Ultramarine Blue + Liquin. For this I place my left hand against the canvas, resting my right wrist on it for stability.

After the Villa is completed, Sunflowers, Poppies and White Daisies are roughly indicated and labeled in the foreground. We’ll start applying Opaque Oil Color in our next session. COME WATCH! 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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3 Responses to “Provence Villa”

  1. roseherczeg Says:

    I love your sketches! I am pulling up a seat! Waiting for the sunflowers! 🙂

  2. Padmaja Says:

    Hi Mikki , can you please let me know what photoshop do you use to perform flip. Appreciate your help!

    Thanks
    Padmaja

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Padmaja, I use Adobe Photoshop. It’s a pretty old version, I think 7. Click on IMAGE, the Rotate and then Flip Image Horizontally. Hope this helps! Hugs, Mikki

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