Traveling in Paint!

One of the coolest things about being an artist is we can travel anywhere in the world we want in our paintings. So today, in the comfort of my studio, I’m going to the Southern Coast of France. This imaginary courtyard is located in the Medieval hilltop village of Eze, overlooking the French Riviera. Here’s my rough pencil sketch. Since this is not a commission and the sketch won’t be shown to a client, I don’t take the time to make a finished pen and ink drawing. As you read through my post please keep in mind, you may click on any of the images to see enlargements.

I begin drawing the basic plan on the primed canvas with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin Original. Using the straight edge of the T-Square as my guide, the perspective lines for the seats of the chairs are drawn.

Work continues as I construct the building, roof and doorway.

The gnarly trunk of a Bougainvillea nestles in the corner between the doorway and arch.

Browsing through all of the reference pictures Jack and I have taken, I found a really cool church bell tower that fits perfectly below the terrace. The flowers are labeled so I won’t forget what I initially had decided to plant!

The peninsula of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat is drawn in the distance. Next the red stripes on the awning are delineated in a thin oil wash of Alizarin Crimson + Liquin Original.

We’re all sketched up and ready to begin painting with opaque oils in our next session. Hope you’ll come watch, I’m planning to have a VIDEO DEMONSTRATION!

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© Senkarik 2022

2 Responses to “Traveling in Paint!”

  1. teresamadsen Says:

    I just love your work! Reading your blog posts brings such peace and joy to my life.

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