Painting Positano

Painting the dark bluff immediately makes the sunlit sky behind it GLOW! One of Jack’s favorite sayings was, “You can’t have Light without Dark!”

Because the sun is behind the bluff in the background, the buildings tumbling down the Positano hillside are in shadow. The entire area of the town is painted with various mixes of White + MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson), White + MUD + Cadmium Orange, White + MUD + Ultramarine Blue and White + MUD + Alizarin Crimson.

Next I begin adding definition to the buildings, with darker shadows and rooftops. Please remember, you may click on any of the images to see enlargements.

Some of the windows are now indicated. My goal is to paint Positano impressionistically, not to delineate each and every individual building, window and door. I just want to give the feel of this beautiful village in the background.

As evening approaches lights begin to glitter and gleam, contributing to the magical memories of my collectors.

The brilliance of the Bougainvillea makes the cooler, more muted colors in the distance drop back even more. Several mixes in different proportions of Permanent Rose + White are used for this colorful plant.

The long reaching vines of the Bougainvillea are drawn into the wet paint of the water. Working wet-into-wet makes it much easier to make the fine lines smooth.

The heart shaped backs of the chairs are also drawn into the wet background. If the paint of the water and beach were dry my brush would skip and jump over the uneven texture, making the lines of the wrought iron irregular and rough. 

That’s all for today. Thank you for following along, I hope you’ll come back and join us for our next session! With Big Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG


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4 Responses to “Painting Positano”

  1. Penny Rollitt Says:

    Your work is awesome and so inspiring. Have a Blessed day🙏

  2. D.Nguyen Says:

    It is so wonderful. Could you please introduce for me which kind of brushes you use, and which branch name of your oil color? Thank you so much. Greeting from Vietnam.

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      How wonderful that you are joining us from Vietnam, WELCOME! I use Windsor Newton WINTON Oil Paints. You can purchase them on They ship worldwide. The link to a blog I posted on the brushes I like to use is at the end of my reply. Hope this helps. I appreciate you following my blog. Always feel free to ask questions and HAPPY PAINTING, Mikki

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