Mount Arbel and the Water

Painting begins with the sky. Since the sun comes into the piece from the upper left, the sky starts lighter on that side and becomes progressively darker moving to the right. Then Mount Arbel (partially complete on the left) and the surrounding mountains are painted. To see this, or any of the other images larger, just click on the picture.

I’ve covered the distant and middle portion of the water with a mix of Ultramarine Blue + a little MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + White. Then the colors of the mountains are pulled straight down, into the wet paint of the Sea of Galilee, to make their reflections.

The water has been painted with mixes of the Ultramarine Blue + MUD + White, Ultramarine Blue + White, and Pthalo Blue + White. A few brushstokes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White are made closest to the foreground to indicate the ground showing through the shallow water. Trees grow along the distant shore; a fine, broken line is made along the horizon with a mix of White + Ultramarine Blue. This indicates the light glimmering at the water’s edge.

A brilliant splash of light is dragged into the wet paint of the water with a mix of Pthalo Turquoise Blue + White.

Our boat is now added to the scene!

We turn our attention to the point, jutting out into the body of water. Painting the trees over the sky, allows me to keep the edges soft so the peninsula will recede. This follows a basic rule in helping to give the appearance of depth in a painting: Soft edges go back while sharp, hard edges come forward.

I hadn’t noticed this while on the spot sketching, but looking at my photos I realize there is a vineyard on the hillside! The entire field is painted with a mix of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + Lemon Yellow. Then a lighter mix of Pthalo Blue + White is used to make the rows of grape vines.

Thank you for following along today. Hope you’ll come back for our next session, we’ll be finishing up. Painting the bright pink Bougainvillea tumbling over the rocks in the foreground is really going to make a difference! With Colorful Smiles,


Β© Senkarik 2022

One Response to “Mount Arbel and the Water”

  1. Don Dillard Says:

    Mikki , you are so good girl… it’s looking SUPER πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

    Sent from my iPhone


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