Deer Valley – Here We Come!

Starting a new commission today. My collectors went to Deer Valley, Utah for an anniversary celebration and came home the proud owners of a beautiful lot overlooking Jordan Lake! 

Dana asked me to paint a scene of the view from their future home, with the landscape at the peak of fall color. I’ve used an architectural rendering of the house plan as reference to develop my sketch of the pergola covered terrace. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on this, or any of the other images, to view enlargements.  

The horizon line is established first, then the vanishing point for the perspective of the overhead beams is placed at the far left edge of the canvas. It’s indicated by the black arrow. All the lines are drawn with a brush dipped in a thin mixture of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. 

The basic shapes of the distant hills surrounding Jordan Lake are washed in with the same MUD oil wash mixture.

We decided to change the chairs to some that are square with lattice backs. The same perspective point, on the left edge of the canvas, is used to draw the chairs.

Sunflowers and Bougainvilleas will be planted in the large containers on the left of the terrace.

Alizarin Crimson + Liquin is used for the wine in the glasses. Sap Green + Liquin is perfect for the bottle. A little of the Alizarin Crimson wash is added in the lower part, indicating there is still some more vino to enjoy!

Now the lattice backs are added to the chairs.

Our basic plan is sketched up on the canvas and we’ll begin painting in our next session. Hope you’ll come back to my studio and follow along! 

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2 Responses to “Deer Valley – Here We Come!”

  1. Gina Wood Says:

    We went to Deer Valley years ago to ski with our kids when they were in college. It’s time to schedule another trip. This will be a beautiful painting. I can’t wait to see it’s progress. I love your work Mikki, you are so talented!

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