Personalized Foreground

I’ve collaborated with these collectors in the past and they love to add some personal touches to their special paintings. They called after they had seen the previous blog, CLICK HERE to see it. As I would begin sketching the foreground the next morning, Alisa and Scott asked if there was something we could add that would be just for them. I thought a minute and the idea of a picnic basket popped into my mind.

Let me tell you a little of the back story. Every day at Sunset a Scottish Bagpiper plays AMAZING GRACE, outside in the courtyard, for the guests at the resort. It’s truly magical and my collectors loved it. So the thought is they have hiked up to a spot on the hill overlooking the golf course where they can enjoy some wine, fruit and cheese as they listen to AMAZING GRACE, drifting up from the resort. I’ve done a quick pencil sketch to design the placement of basket, wine and flowers.

They’ve found the perfect spot, nestled among colorful flowers. The rocks and basket are sketched with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin Original. Please remember, you may click on any image to view it larger.

The wine bottle is washed in with Sap Green + Liquin Original, while Alizarin Crimson + Liquin Original is used for the Pinot Noir in the glasses.

A Tartan plaid blanket has been laid out on the flat rock for our “Picnic Table”. Grapes and cheese, placed on a white napkin, snuggle up to the basket filled with Sunflowers and French bread.

The rest of the flowers in the foreground are now sketched in and labeled.

We also decided to move the sailboats closer to the bluffs, so they can be made larger. You can see the faint outlines of where they were before.

TA DA! The basic design is sketched up and I’ll begin painting in our next session!

OK, a few days ago I promised you a camel! So here I am on “Jimmy”. This was in Bethany at the House of Mary, Martha and Lazarus. I have to admit, the beginning of the ride was quite different from riding a horse!

But once we got going, skills from my long past days of horseback riding kicked in!

Don’t be surprised if you see some camel paintings in the future! With Big Smiles,


© Senkarik 2022

7 Responses to “Personalized Foreground”

  1. Carole Kabrin Says:

    Part of me wants to say… “poor Jimmy”, having to deal with us green horn tourists… But you look good in the saddle once he got up…and Jimmy looked happy… Lol Carole

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  2. Carole Kabrin Says:

    This is a huge painting..yes? I love your big paintings and can’t wait to see it’s progress! Carole

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  3. Paula Somerville Says:

    Love, love the personal touch to the painting!!

  4. Pete Says:

    Beautiful work, love the comments/ story’s!!!

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