Valley View

The vineyard is painted with combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium and Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. Sunlight, streaming into the painting from the upper left, dances and skips across the tops of the vines.

Wildflowers spread in a multicolored carpet beneath the lush vines. Mixes of Dioxazine Purple + White make those in the distance, moving forward Magenta + White and then Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Light are used.

California Poppies fill the foreground. The blossoms are blocked in with Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Red Light + Cadmium Orange and Cadmium Orange. The soft grey-green leaves are combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White and Pthalo Blue + White. The mass of color for the flowers is painted first, then the leaves are painted around the reds and oranges, giving shape to the individual Poppies.

Centers are added to the Poppies with Magenta + Liquin.

Roses, made of Permanent Rose + White, cascade over the old, split rail fence. The distinctive buds are delineated with a warmer green made of Ultramarine Blue + Lemon Yellow + White.

The sign is first covered with mixes of White + a little Ultramarine Blue and White + a touch of MUD (2 parts of Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson). The cooler blue mix is used at the back of the panel while the lighter and warmer mix of White + MUD is used at the part of the sign closest to the viewer. This helps to give the appearance it is coming forward. “Merlot” is lettered in a mixture of Magenta + Liquin.

A small cluster of grapes adorns the top of the plaque.

“Valley View” 11 inches by 11 inches

The brilliance of spring flowers makes this “Valley View” sparkle with happiness. In the fall, large clusters of Merlot grapes will be ready to harvest and make into delicious Napa Valley Wine! I appreciate you following along! With Colorful Hugs,


© Senkarik 2021

8 Responses to “Valley View”

  1. Deb Says:

    Just beautiful! Thank you so much.


  2. Teresa Says:

    This is beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing what you do and how you do it. I have learned so much from watching you paint. Something about your landscapes and seascapes are soothing and your flowers always amaze me. They just make me happy!

  3. Liz Mc Cann Says:

    As usual have a beautifully finished work of your your method of painting..always brings joy 💜

  4. Mikki Senkarik Says:

    I appreciate your kind words Liz. Have a JOY-filled day! Mikki

  5. Krystyna z Polski Says:

    Przecudne to Pani malowanie. Bardzo dużo koloru ,optymizmu, radości . Pozdrawiam serdecznie. .Będę wpadała aby poprawić sobie nastrój i może znów zacznę troszkę malować .Dziękuję za to że Pani dzieli się swoim wielkim talentem. Krystyna z Polski

    Your painting is wonderful. A lot of color, optimism, joy. Best wishes. I will stop by to improve my mood and maybe I will start to paint a little again. Thank you for sharing your great talent. Krystyna from Poland

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