Jack’s Spyglass Hill

I’ve been commissioned to do a hand embellished LIMITED ORIGINAL Giclee on Canvas of Jack’s original oil painting, “Spyglass Hill”. This beautiful golf course is located near Carmel and Pebble Beach. The first five holes wind their way in and out of the sand dunes along Monterey Bay. We lived near here in 1999, we loved taking drives through this picturesque area. It was especially magical when the fog rolled in, shrouding the distant trees in mist. That was the feeling Jack wanted to capture in this painting. The raw Giclee is shown above, the printed image is washed out and the colors not as vibrant as Jack’s original art. Please remember as you read my blog, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

I watched Jack paint this piece and he taught me all of his color mixtures, making it easy for me to embellish this piece. The mixes for the sky and distant trees are shown above. #1. Pthalo Blue + MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + more Ultramarine Blue + a tiny bit of white. #2. Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. #3. Two combinations of White + Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange.  #4. Pthalo Blue + a touch of MUD + White. #5. Three mixes of White + a little bit of MUD + a tad of Ultramarine Blue.

The sky is completely repainted with the #5 mixtures. The darkest of these is used on the left.

Since the light and fog come into the painting from the right, the sky is made progressively lighter as we move to that side.

Foggy mist, rolling in from the ocean, fades the trees in the distance. They are painted with mixes #3 and #4.

One of the most spectacular sights is when the sun breaks through, washing portions of the misty landscape with warmth. Treetops, catching the sunshine, are highlighted with mixes of Cadmium Orange + a little Pthalo Blue + White.

The Fairway is made cooler (more blue) in the distance so it will recede.  It becomes warmer (yellower) as it nears the Green.

Sand dunes dot the landscape. Those farthest away are painted cooler with White + a bit of Ultramarine Blue, the closer ones are White + a touch of Cadmium Orange. 

Various combinations of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow are used for the Putting Green. The emerald grass, near the flag, is in shadow so it’s made darker.

The flag is Cadmium Yellow Medium + Lemon Yellow.

The craggy rocks and rolling dunes in this area are covered with Ice Plant. It blooms in the spring and by Easter the flowers of the succulents form a solid pink carpet.

Jack wanted to paint the Ice Plant as it was just beginning to bloom. He liked the juxtaposition of the pinks, blues and greens! Permanent Rose + White, Permanent Rose + Cadmium Red Light + White and Cadmium Red Light + White are used for the small flower buds.

LIMITED ORIGINAL of Jack White painting “Spyglass Hill”   

Embellishing this giclee of Jack’s painting “Spyglass Hill” has brought wonderful memories of the many happy times we shared in the beautiful Monterey Bay area. This has been special and I thank my collectors for giving me this heartwarming opportunity! Thanks for following along! With Colorful Smiles,


© Senkarik 2021


One Response to “Jack’s Spyglass Hill”

  1. kbasli Says:

    Beautiful Mikki. Jack would be happy to see this. I have visited this area and driven the 17-mile drive so it was fun to follow along the trip down memory lane.

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