As I had mentioned in my previous post, the scuba tanks were too large. So I’m reducing the size. Sent a quick image to my collector to make sure and he responded that they were just right. Please remember, as you read through my blog, you may click on any image to see an enlargement.

Now I’m adding the snorkel and mask. Kathy’s are bright Pink so a mixture of Permanent Rose + White is used to personalize them.

When beginning our collaboration I asked Bill if he and Kathy had a favorite wine? He said they really enjoyed the Italian Wine, Cecchi Chianti DODG. Google is wonderful, I found a picture to refer to in order to repaint the label especially for them.

The white Lilies are repainted with the flowers extended over the edge and onto the side of the Gallery Wrap canvas.

Tall Hollyhocks are also repainted with mixes of Permanent Rose + White and Permanent Rose + Cadmium Red Light + White. Lemon Yellow accentuates the velvety Stamens.

Mixes of Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Orange + MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson), Cadmium Yellow Medium and Lemon Yellow are applied in thickly textured brushstrokes to delineate the petals of the Cheery Sunflowers. The dark centers are then added with MUD and some of the darker yellow mix.

The same yellow mixes are used for the Begonia l’Conia Portofino flowers my collectors asked me to include in their painting. I decided to tuck a cluster in the Petunia Pot on the wall. Again, Google came to the rescue to provide reference pictures.

Trumpet Vine turns into a cascade of Bougainvillea. I have to stand on a small step stool to paint the top edge of the Gallery Wrap canvas. This is about as high up on a ladder as I prefer to get. Oh, I was asked what size this piece is? The canvas is 27 inches tall by 40 inches wide.

The Bougainvillea is mixes of Magenta + White and Magenta + Permanent Rose + White. A few pops of the Orange from the Trumpet Vine are allowed to peek through, giving warmth to the colorful vine. This helps to make it come forward of all the cooler hues in the background, increasing the feeling of depth in the painting.

It’s always fun adding a few extra, surprise touches to my collector’s paintings. Thought it would be cool to place their initials in a heart on one of the flower pots.

Bill and Kathy were married in 1992, so what better than to make this the vintage of their favorite wine.

The LIMITED ORIGINAL embellished Giclee on Canvas of PORTOFINO REFLECTIONS is complete!

Now you may compare the changes in the BEFORE and AFTER images above! I appreciate you visiting my studio and following along. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comments section below. With Big Hugs,


© Senkarik 2023


3 Responses to “PORTOFINO REFLECTIONS – Special Touches”

  1. rpillai2012 Says:

    “After ” looks amazing!

  2. Liz Mc Cann Says:

    Beautiful art as always..bless your hands🙏..its a God given talent that brings so much joy to so many people..🤗🇮🇪🇺🇲

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