Revisiting Evening’s Allure

My next project is embellishing a Limited Original Giclee of my painting “EVENING’S ALLURE”. I love painting the beautiful Greek island of Santorini with its crisp white buildings, blue doors, domes and windows, all draped with bright Bougainvilleas. My collectors have commissioned this piece for their 44th Anniversary gift to themselves! It’s right around the corner, so let’s get to work. Here’s the unembellished giclee up on my easel.

First the clouds are glazed with a thin oil wash of Magenta + Liquin. It’s very subtle; however, this adds a rosy hue to the clouds as they are warmed by the setting sun. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

Next the sun and its brilliant reflections, shimmering on the water, are repainted.

The distant buildings glimmer in the lowering light. The white buildings are accented with mixes of White + a little Ultramarine Blue + MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson). These whites are very muted which makes them recede..

The dome and windows of the church have been glazed with a thin oil wash of Cobalt Blue + Liquin.  Then crisper, more pure Whites are used to repaint the lightest portions of the walls. The mixes are White + a touch of Ultramarine Blue and White + a tiny bit of Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue. Looking at the water, above my hand, you’ll notice it’s darker. I glazed that area with a very thin mixture of Ultramarine Blue + MUD + Liquin.

The gate in the foreground is glazed with a darker mix of Cobalt Blue + Liquin.

I’ve reserved Pure White for the sunlit part of the terrace wall. Notice how this jumps forward of the more muted whites in the distance. The Bougainvillea is repainted with mixes of Permanent Rose + White, Permanent Rose + Cadmium Red Light + White, Permanent Rose + Cadmium Orange + White and Cadmium Red Light + White.

Sun tipped Geranium petals of Cadmium Red Light and Cadmium Red Light + White glisten against the cool blue water in the background.

It’s fun adding the highlights on the Wine Bottle, Glasses and Grapes. The front edge of the Cobalt Blue table is also accented, giving the appearance that it comes forward.

Cadmium Yellow Medium makes the chairs glow in the warmth of the sunset.

Combinations of Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Yellow Medium and Cadmium Yellow Medium + Alizarin Crimson complete the Daisies! The delicate Petunias have been repainted with several mixtures of Magenta + White.

Adding a special, surprise touch to commemorate Sandy and Richard’s 44 years together, entwined hearts with their initials!

After drying a few days “Evening’s Allure” will be ready to head to it’s new home, helping Sandy and Richard celebrate their many happy years together. Thanks to all of you for following along. Hope to see you again soon! With Big Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG


© Senkarik 2022

6 Responses to “Revisiting Evening’s Allure”

  1. Hilda Says:

    Your painting are so beautiful and exciting with such bold colors…I love them!!!! Thanks for sharing your artistry.

  2. Says:

    Very Nice.


  3. singlikewildflowers Says:

    You make it look so easy! Beautiful workmanship.

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