Reflections in the Mediterranean

We begin painting with the sky. There are two reasons for this: FIRST, the light from the sky establishes the mood of the entire piece. SECOND, the sky is farthest away. I always start at the back of the composition and “Paint Forward”. The colors are all mixed for the Sunset Sky and we’re ready to get going. But before we do, here’s the color recipes: #1. White + Cobalt Blue. #2. Two lighter shades of White + Cobalt Blue. #3. White + Pthalo Blue. #4. MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + White. #5. Two mixes in different proportions of White + MUD + Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Light. #6. White + Cadmium Red Light + Cadmium Orange.

The upper portion of the sky is painted with the #2 mixes. The darkest is used at the very top, the lighter mixture is used as I work downward. The blue sky closest to the horizon line is painted with mix #3. You may click on this or any of the other images to view enlargements.

Mixture #4 makes up the darkest part of the clouds, then I begin working the two #5 mixes into the upper parts of the fingers fanning out into the blue background. 

The lowering sun is behind the bluff, we don’t actually see it. BUT, the brilliant light illuminates the underside of the clouds peaking out from the mountain. A mix of White + Cadmium Yellow Medium is used for the golden highlights.

The sky is complete. Time to begin painting the ocean, glimmering with colorful reflections of the sky above. COME WATCH….

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Sunset Reflections on the Mediterranean.

The distant horizon glitters with a streak of sunshine. 

Sky and Ocean are complete. I’ll continue “Painting Forward” in our next session, working on the distant bluff and then the village of Positano tumbling down the hillside. Hope you’ll come back to follow along. With Big Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG


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2 Responses to “Reflections in the Mediterranean”

  1. kbasli Says:

    I always struggle with the sky so I’ll be saving this lesson for sure. Thanks Mikki.

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Karen, each painting brings its own challenges. Especially sunrises or sunsets and their reflections. I have a difficult time making the clouds dark enough for the sunlight on them to glow. I always have to think it through before I begin painting. I’m so glad this helped you! Hugs, Mikki

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