Changing Napa into Tuscany

I’m starting on one of my Limited Original Hand Embellished Giclees on Canvas today. My collector saw the painting above and asked me to do a large, 30 inch by 40 inch Limited Original for her. WELL…there was one tiny problem. The painting she loved, “Hills of Tuscany”, measured only 10 inches by 18 inches. There is absolutely no way it could be enlarged to 30 inches by 40 inches.

BUT, several years ago I did a very large painting of the Napa Valley. I sent the image to my collector and suggested we crop the large piece into the format she wanted.

Here’s the cropped version of the Napa Valley painting. I assured Mary Ellen that I could transport the scene to Tuscany and add a Tuscan Hilltop village in the background.

SO let’s get started. My first step is to highlight the clouds warmed by the sun. A mix of White + Cadmium Red Light + Cadmium Orange is used. The clouds to the right of my brush have been embellished, those to the left have not. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to view enlargements.

Mary Ellen sent me several paint chips to show the colors in her decor. This is very helpful to make certain the painting is compatible with the area in which it will hang. The chips are placed on my palette to help me mix matching hues.

Some of those special colors are used for the roofs and buildings in the small village topping the distant hill. My wrist rests on the mahl stick that is hooked over the top of my easel, steadying my hand as I delineate the details of the church.

Another vineyard is planted below the village. The entire field is first covered, then the rows are drawn into the wet paint.

The road leading to the village winds, up and down, over the rolling hills.

Sunlight dances along the tops of the vines in the closest vineyard. The large grape leaves are painted with mixes of Ultramarine Blue + Lemon Yellow + White. Notice how the curve of the rows directs your gaze to the quaint village.

Some of the “adobe” colors corresponding to Mary Ellen’s paint chips are used for the road in the foreground.

The rail fence has been repainted with the rich “Burnt Sienna” and “Terra Cota” mixtures matching the color swatches. Hope you come follow the rest of my progress in the next session. 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. Please keep in mind, to move through the blog when you get the posts just CLICK on the small titles at the top of the page. The right one for the next post or the title on the left side for the previous session. Thank you for subscribing! With Colorful Smiles,



6 Responses to “Changing Napa into Tuscany”

  1. Kathryn Ralli Says:

    Dear Mikki,

    Thank you so much for your kind generosity. I have learned so much from your painting posts. Your ability to transform a painting is so inspiring and thank you so much for sharing the precious painting and composition tips. I don’t write in very often as I imagine you are already overwhelmed with emails, but also know how encouraging it is to know one is on the right track.

    Best wishes to you,



    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Thank you so much for your kind comment Kathryn. Your words encourage me; to know that my efforts are helping other artists is music to my heart! I do hope you know you are always welcome to write or ask questions! With Big Hugs, Mikki

  2. roseherczeg Says:

    Another beauty, Mikki! You never cease to amaze me with your incredible artistic talent! xxoo

  3. melissabluefineart Says:

    Your client will be delighted with this, I’m sure. It is gorgeous!

  4. Karen Charles Says:

    I don’t have words to express how amazed I am with your work. This transformation is stunning!

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