Back at the Easel

Starting a new commission today. Here’s my sketch, it’s going to be the golf course at the Ritz Carlton Resort in Half Moon Bay, California. My collectors, who are avid golfers, have stayed there. They wanted to capture those wonderful vacation memories to enjoy every day at home.

Here’s a picture of the resort on a foggy morning. The painting is going to be a bright, sunny afternoon, so the mountains along the distant coastline can be seen. Then I’ll be adding colorful flowers all along the front.

As you can see, this is a HUGE painting, 48 inches tall by 75 inches wide! My first step in sketching the basic plan on the canvas is to establish the horizon. Then the shapes of the mountains are lightly drawn with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin Original.

The bluff, upon which the resort resides, has been washed in. Now I’m marking the outer limits of the building to make certain it’s proportional to the rest of the composition. Please remember, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

My collector and I decided that we wanted to make the resort a little larger. Now I’m drawing the final version in with the oil wash. My reference picture is taped to the canvas, making it easier to refer to. To steady my hand to delineate the architecture, my right wrist is braced against the mahl stick that is hooked over the top of the painting.

We’re also going to show more of the winding golf cart path than is seen in the foggy picture.

Starting to add the details of the undulating golf course.

The entire family of five enjoys sailing. SO, we’re having a mini regatta with a vessel for each of them!

I’ll be sketching the foreground in our next session. Hope you’ll come follow along!

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© Senkarik 2022

2 Responses to “Back at the Easel”

  1. hawkpistachiovarda81680 Says:

    First of all welcome home from a blessed journey you took back in Jerusalem. Love the pics you took. Will you be painting a memory from there? This is going to be exciting to watch your progression as you build this one. Happy Painting Jazz

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Thank you Jazz, I appreciate your welcome home! Yes, I will definitely be painting some Holy Land inspired pieces. However, God has blessed me with a few commissions and some gallery paintings to do first. I’ll keep everyone updated! Hugs, Mikki

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