Before and …….

September 13, 2014

Well, I was going to say After but realize I’m a loooonnnnnggggg way from being done. It’s more like Before and I’m working on it! Many of you have asked about the new garden so here are a few pictures. Remember, if you would like to enlarge any of them just click on the image.

Back Courtyard area 2014-4-18

APRIL 18. The first thing to do was RIP those unimaginative boxwoods out of there.

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JULY 4. To make it safe for our rescue kitties, Molly and Sissie, we replaced the fence. It was a mess with more holes and broken boards than good ones.

Back Courtyard area 2014-7-14

JULY 14. Our fountain arrived. Can you believe we found it on eBay! Nothing like listening to the melody of splashing water as you sit on the deck.

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JULY 21. GOT PAVERS. Let the fun begin!

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AUGUST 5. I start with the lowest step and curved planter.

Back Courtyard area A 2014-8-16

AUGUST 16. It has been so hot we need to get our Star Jasmine planted. So I take a break from the lower steps to construct the fountain base and planter. The heavy wire livestock panel attached to the fence will be the trellis. In the spring the air is going to be filled with the incredible fragrance of Jasmine.

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SEPTEMBER 1. Back to the lower steps. Originally we had planned to have five, equally spaced steps going up. But getting into the project we felt it would be nice to have a flat space under the arbor. A nice place to bring a couple of folding chairs and have a glass of iced tea under the roses.

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SEPTEMBER 8. “Speaking of sitting under the arbor….What about this?” Jack asked. “Why don’t we just make the top of the planter a seat? Then it’s always there, no need to haul any chairs.”

2014-9-11 Planter with arbor from below

THIS MORNING. The arbor is made of another 16 foot stock panel anchored to steel fence posts. Climbing Peggy Martin Roses, Bougainvillea and Honeysuckle will cover the arch.

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Here’s the rose arbor at our previous home. It was constructed the same way. The Peggy Martin Roses are a special old fashioned type rose. The “Mother Plants” were discovered in New Orleans. They had survived being totally submerged in salt water for almost 10 days after Hurricane Katrina. So a commercial grower decided to propagate them for sale to the gardening world. Know what the neatest thing is? They have NO THORNS, pruning is a pleasure. So that’s what’s happening in our garden……..We’ll be back to painting in the next session. Hugs,

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UP, UP and AWAY…………

September 8, 2014

SI7514 - SI7614 Step 6What’s more cheery than a bright red door and a happy sunface tile? The door is a little different combination, Cadmium Red Medium + Alizarin Crimson is used for the shadow. Cadmium Red Medium + a tiny bit of Alizarin Crimson + a touch of White make the portion in the sun.

SI7514 - SI7614 Step 7The entire surface of the courtyard floor is covered, establishing the light and shadow pattern. Then the perspective lines of the tile are drawn into the wet paint with a fine liner brush.

SI7514 - SI7614 Step 8The Bougainvilleas are mixtures in several different proportions of Permanent Rose + White. Following my usual sequence of Flowers First, Leaves Last the mass of blossoms are blocked in to begin. Then the leaves are added. The Pink “Bougie” on the far right is complete.

SI7514 - SI7614 Step 9I work in the reverse on the Daylilies because it would be difficult to paint the long strap-like leaves around the flowers. To paint the blossoms I carefully “Lay” the paint on top of the underlying green. I don’t want to pick up any of the foliage color and muddy that of the blooms.

SI7514 - SI7614 Step 10The Geraniums are made with mixes of Cadmium Red Deep + Magenta and Cadmium Red Deep + Cadmium Red Light. The highlights on the petals will be made with Pure Cadmium Red Light.

SI7514 - SI7614 togetherSunflowers finish out the pair of appreciation paintings. If you would like to enlarge any of the pictures just click on the image.

SI7514 Up, Up and Away 6x6Up, Up and Away……..


SI7614 Gracious Welcome 6x6A Gracious Welcome

Hope you’ve enjoyed following along as much as I have painting these little gems. If you ever have any painting questions please feel free to ask. Have a great evening and Hugs,

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A Neat Way to Say Thank You

September 7, 2014

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This is a fun commission, it’s a thank you gift! The son of our collector stayed with a friend of theirs in La Jolla. While there Connor got to go paragliding. So Paul and Nancy decided to have me do a pair of embryos as an appreciation present. They wanted to somehow capture the paragliding experience in the paintings.

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They loved the sketch so let’s get to work. The basic plan is drawn up on the panels with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash made of MUD (Alizarin Crimson + Ultramarine Blue) + Liquin. Please remember, you can click on any of the images to enlarge them.

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After completing the sky and ocean the paraglider is painted into the wet background. I was at a total loss as how to draw the lines used to control the glider. I don’t want to show them all but just indicate that they’re there. Even my smallest brush was far too big. Jack said dip a needle in MUD and just etch them into the wet paint. Wasn’t that brilliant? The only problem was finding a needle. I’m not the most domestic person, I’d much rather be painting or in the garden than doing house stuff. In fact over the years when Jack lost a button on a shirt or trousers I’d offer to sew them back on but somehow never got around to it! He would finally do it himself, OPPPS! When I found a needle it worked PERFECTLY!

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The bluffs of Torrey Pines warmed by the sun are a beautiful contrast to the cool blues of the Pacific Ocean behind them. This is a great example of Warm Colors Come Forward, Cool Colors Go Back. The building is white stucco, similar to a lot of the Spanish Architecture found in Southern California.

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A terra cotta tile roof finishes out our work today. Hope you’ll come back, I’ll be finishing up in the next session. If you would like to receive an email every time I publish a new post please feel free to subscribe to my blog. CLICK THIS LINK and scroll to the upper right side of the page. You will see a heading EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS. Just enter your email address and click the button “Sign me up!”  It’s easy. And if you enjoy my blog please CLICK the FaceBook LIKE Button. As we say in Texas, “Much Obliged!

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Laundry Day on the Amalfi Coast

September 5, 2014

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Let’s run away to Italy today! Here’s the basic idea for my eBay auctions. Please do remember, if you’d like to enlarge this or any of the other pictures just click on the image.

To go directly to the auctions CLICK HERE.

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The two panels are worked on at the same time, much as if it was just one surface. The basic plan is sketched up with a thin oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. “Painting Forward” the sky is completed first, it determines the light for the rest of the piece. Then the rocky coast and azure water are rendered.

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The soft Taupe walls are made with mixes of MUD + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + White. More MUD is added into the mixtures for the shadows. The door wall is made bluer with Ultramarine Blue + White at the far end, making it recede. This is a very simple, but extremely important, rule that helps bring depth to your art: Warm Colors Come Forward, Cool Colors Go Back.

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One of my favorite things about traveling in Italy is seeing laundry hanging from every conceivable place. Don’t get me wrong, I love my washer and dryer. In fact, Jack surprised me a couple of years ago with a fancy LG pair that are RED! How in the world did he figure that I’m just a little bit fond of that color?

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Old, worn cobblestones pave the way leading down to the ocean. The large leaves of the Giant Bird of Paradise are painted with a large Bright brush. Would you like to know more about the brushes I use? Just CLICK HERE.

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Cheery, bright flowers complete the Laundry Day on the Amalfi Coast diptych.

To go directly to the auctions CLICK HERE.


SH7314 Laundry Shadows 6x6Laundry Shadows      Original Oil Painting EMBRYO

Watching the dance of Laundry Shadows on buildings is absolutely mesmerizing. Enjoy the soft rustle as the whites gently ripple in the breeze, every time you look at Laundry Shadows on your wall.

SH7414 Relaxing Vista 6x6Relaxing Vista     Original Oil Painting EMBRYO

The AMALFI COAST! Doesn’t that name conjure up the thought of spectacular views? Wouldn’t you love to spend a week there, greeted by the amazingly Relaxing Vista that appears through open archways as you wander the ancient cobblestone streets? Well, you can. Escape on a magical trip to the coast of Italy every single time you see Relaxing Vista in your home or office.

SH7414 Relaxing Vista 6x6 with tape

Each piece measures 6 inches x 6 inches. And don’t worry about framing them, these little gems painted on panels with 1 1/2 inch finished sides are ready to hang as soon as you unpack them. The auctions are staggered 7 minutes apart so you can win one or both Original Oil Paintings for your home or office. AND…..If you win the TWO EMBRYOS we will give you FREE SHIPPING!

BUT HURRY, the first auction ends Sunday, September 7 at 8 PM Texas (Central) Time.

To go directly to the auctions CLICK HERE.

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Spring’s Caress

September 3, 2014

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The third in our trio of Limited Originals is Spring’s Caress. If you have never been to the Texas Hill Country in the spring you’ve missed out on the splendor of our state flower, the Bluebonnet. My first task is to glaze the blanket of blue blossoms with Cobalt Blue + Liquin. The clouds are then highlighted as well as the distant field.

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The door is completely repainted with light and dark mixes of Pthalo Blue + White.

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Pansies are such delightful flowers. The petals illuminated by the sun are accentuated with pure White. The funny little faces are drawn into the wet paint with Magenta + Liquin.

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The Wisteria is painted with several shades of Dioxazine Purple + White. Please remember, you may click on any of the pictures to enlarge them.

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Geraniums are some of my favorite flowers, I make sure to embellish them with lots of texture.

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Repainting the cheerful Sunflowers in the foreground finishes out Spring’s Caress. This has been a fun project, thanks for following along. I have several commissions ahead so make sure to come back and visit the studio. See ya soon!

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Azur Cachet

September 2, 2014

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Azur Cachet is the second of the three piece commission. This painting was done for the cover of our first table top book. The courtyard is from the hospital in Southern France just outside of Saint-Rémy where Van Gogh stayed. I magically moved it to the coast, less than 100 miles south. This is the unembellished giclee, straight from our giclee maker in Florida.

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The building has been glazed with a mix of burnt umber + Liquin. The water is covered with thin mixes of Ultramarine Blue + Liquin and Pthalo Blue + Liquin. The tree and rocks are repainted, then the white surf catching the sunlight is accentuated. To see this or any of the other images larger just click on the picture.

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The climbing roses are painted with mixtures of Permanent Rose + White, Permanent Rose + Cadmium Red Light + White and Cadmium Red Light + White. Next the twisty trunks are highlighted.

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Don’t you love Canna Lilies? The large, broad leaves are fun to paint. The flowers are mixes of Cadmium Red Deep, Cadmium Red Medium and Cadmium Red Light.

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The Hydrandas have a colorful spectrum ranging from Dioxazine Purple + Ultramarine Blue + White to Magenta + Dioxazine Purple + White to Magenta + White. Short, choppy brushstrokes add texture to the fluffy flowers.

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The floor is glazed with Burnt Sienna, adding to its richness. Repainting the Yellow Pansies and the fresh White Mums finishes up the embellishment of Azur Cachet. I’d like to take a swim in that crystal clear water. Want to join me? Have a great day. Hugs,

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We have Great Team Senkarik Members

August 31, 2014

I want to extend a great big THANK YOU to everyone who took part in our Collector Event this year. We have the most wonderful Team Senkarik Members. Even though you knew Jack and I couldn’t be there you attended anyway. Your efforts made this a big success for us! I have empty spots on the gallery walls to fill and several more commissions to paint. As we say in Texas, MUCH OBLIGED.

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OK….. Back to work. This is the first of a trio of Limited Originals I’m embellishing to hang in a Physician’s Office. They are framed with our White Senkarik Signature Frame. The edges of the frame nearest the image are protected with blue painter’s tape. Shrink wrap keeps the outside of the frame clean. Before starting to paint the unembellished giclee was covered with two coats of UV varnish, helping to protect the image from fading over the years. The first step in painting is to glaze certain areas of the piece. I’m working on the wall of the building on the left. Notice how much richer the glazed portion of the wall above my brush looks when compared to that below it. To see this or any of the other images larger just click on the picture.

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The clouds are repainted, then the water of Lake Como is glazed with a thin coat of Ultramarine Blue and Phthalo Blue + Liquin. Next I come back in and enhance the reflections of the distant village of Varenna.

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The pink Bougainvillea and Magenta Vine are embellished. Light and dark mixtures of Cobalt Blue + White are then used to paint the windows, shutters and door.

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I have always loved ivy cascading over stone walls, it’s redone with mixes of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow. A few strokes of Pthalo Blue + White are randomly added for coolness in the depths of the foliage. Mixtures of Permanent Rose + Cadmium Red Light + White are perfect for the Daylilies dancing in the corner.

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The purple Salvia, red-orange Nasturtiums and bright Sunflowers are totally repainted.

LO Reflections of Lake Como 2-49 30x36Reflections of Lake Como       Limited Original       #2/49

One down, two more to go. Hope you’ll come back and watch as I work on the other Limited Originals in this set. If you would like to receive an email every time I publish a new post please feel free to subscribe to my blog. CLICK THIS LINK and scroll to the upper right side of the page. You will see a heading EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS. Just enter your email address and click the button “Sign me up!”  It’s easy. And if you enjoy my blog please CLICK the FaceBook LIKE Button. As we say in Texas, “Much Obliged!

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2014 Senkarik Collector Event Catalog

August 25, 2014
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles with warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things…….

Don’t you love the The Sound of Music? It’s one of Jack’s and my favorite movies. Julie Andrews’ voice gives us goosebumps and brings smiles to our soul. Our Annual Collector Event in Santa Fe is Friday and Saturday, August 29 and 30. This year I’ve decided to share a few of My Favorite Things with you. Here is an Advance Preview of the new show pieces. If any of these Original Oil Paintings grab your heart and beckon to be added to your collection just call Santa Fe Art Collector Gallery at 505.988.5545. They will cheerfully provide assistance. If a painting you’ve fallen in love with has already been spoken for I will be happy to do a commission based on that piece for you.

Bright Colored Blossoms and Sassy Striped Awnings…..

Take Home a Bunch   
30 inches by 36 inches with Senkarik Signature Frame      $2,900

 Bluebonnets, Babies and Soft Texas Mornings ….. 

Morning Magic
24 inches by 30 inches with Senkarik Signature Frame      $1,900

 To watch Morning Magic being painted CLICK HERE

 Santa Fe Doorways Filled with Intrigue …..

Carefree Garden  SOLD                         Sun Filled Courtyard

Elegant Vibrance                           The Shuster House 

These pieces are painted to the edge and around the sides on gallery wrap canvas. Each measures 14″ x 14″ and is priced especially for our Collector Event at $590. Remember, I can paint a commission for you if one of the SOLD pieces has stolen your heart! Just contact the Gallery at 505.988.5545.

Soft Clucks of Chickens on Warm Summer Evenings …..

A Lazy Day in Santa Fe 
38 inches by 48 inches with Senkarik Signature Frame   $5,900

 Detail of A Lazy Day in Santa Fe
Flower Lined Pathways and Open Red Gates …..

Walk on the Garden Path
30 inches x 36 inches with Senkarik Signature Frame   $2,900
Gondola Excursions in Venice at Sunset …..

Reflections of Romance
24 inches x 30 inches with Senkarik Signature Frame   $2,400
These are a Few of My Favorite Things …..


      Fresh Harvest $390                                            Coastal Captivation  SOLD

              Turn to the Sun  SOLD            

My EMBRYOS measure 10″ x 10″ and are specially priced for our Collector Event. The sides are finished as shown, the pieces don’t need any extra framing. I’ll paint you a commission if the one you like has already sold. Just let the gallery know you would like to collaborate with me on a special Embryo!

Our Special 24th Anniversary AUCTIONS

Preacherman’s Son: Gunfighter John Wesley Hardin

We are going to have TWO AUCTIONS at our Gala Collector Event Saturday, August 30. The first is for a set consisting of Jack White’s newest book Preacherman’s Son: Gunfighter John Wesley Hardin and the cover portrait painted by Mikki. The two items have a total retail value of $1,000. The Senkarik Original Oil Portrait of John Wesley Hardin measures 14 inches by 11 inches and is framed in a quality gold leaf frame. This was done especially for the cover . A first edition copy signed by both Mikki and Jack comes with the painting. Molly, our rescue kitty, IS NOT included in the auction!

Soft Hum of Spring
Senkarik Original Oil Painted Jewelry Box    5 inches by 7 inches
The second auction is for the Senkarik Original Oil Hummingbird Jewelry Box. This would be priced at $500 in the gallery. To add to the festivities we are starting the bidding on both auctions at 24 Cents! That’s right, a penny for every year I’ve been showing in Santa Fe. PHONE BIDS will be accepted so you can join in the Celebration! The auction will begin about 6 PM. You must register to bid, so please contact the gallery for more details. 505.988.5545 


Thank you for taking the time to view the catalog of my new paintings for our annual Collector Event. We hope you will come to Santa Fe and take part in the festivities. The Event is Friday, August 29 and Saturday, August 30. A special Preview Reception will be Friday evening. The Official RSVP Collector Gala begins at 4 PM on Saturday.

You may not know, Jack had a slight stroke a couple of weeks ago. He is doing well and we had hoped to make it to the Collector Event. However we’re having a difficult time getting his new medications regulated so Jack is “Grounded”. BUT…. Thanks to computer technology we will be able to take part via SKYPE! Jack and I can still personally say we are “Much Obliged” for you being a member of Team Senkarik.

The Santa Fe Art Collector Gallery is located at 217 Galisteo Street. If you would like to RSVP, add any of these pieces to your collection or want to participate by phone in the auctions please call 505.988.5545.


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Boxing Day

August 22, 2014

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This Jewelry Box is going to be auctioned at our annual Collector Event in Santa Fe over Labor Day weekend. I’ve primed the outside with White acrylic. Then both top and bottom are placed on small boxes in order to paint them. The tape indicates the front of each.

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My basic design is sketched on the top in a thin oil wash.

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The Jewel Box is going to be covered with Petunias. The outlines of the individual blossoms are drawn on the top. Holding the bottom up to the top I continue the design onto the sides.

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The bright flowers are painted with mixes of Permanent Rose, Cadmium Red Light and White.

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Working in my usual sequence of Flowers First, Leaves Last I begin blocking in the greens of the foliage around the blossom color.

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Jack suggested adding a Hummingbird. Don’t you think he’s just perfect for our little Jewel Box?

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The top is complete. Please remember, if you’d like to see this or any of the other images enlarged just click on the picture.

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The base of the box has been painted with Black Acrylic. Then it is taped off for protection so I can paint the sides.

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Tape is also placed between the two parts of the box. This allows me to paint the bottom and not get any paint on the top.

SH6914 Box Soft Hum of Spring Front ViewSoft Hum of Spring            Jewelry Box         Original Oil Painting

Our little Hummingbird Jewel Box is finished. Can’t you just hear the hum of his wings as he flits from flower to flower on a warm spring day?


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The auction is going to be Saturday, August 30 around 6 PM. This one of a kind, Senkarik Original Oil Painting Jewelry Box would retail for $500. But to make it more fun we are starting the auction at 24 cents. That’s a penny for every year I’ve been showing in Santa Fe! If you are interested in bidding please contact the Santa Fe Art Gallery at 505.988.5545 to register. Phyllis, Darrell, Arlene or Tom will cheerfully help you.


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Take Home A Bunch

August 16, 2014

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Now for gardening! Soft lavender Gladiolas nestle behind the cheery Sunflowers. The basic shades of yellow are blocked in first, followed by the leaves. Then I begin painting the cellophane wrapped around the individual bouquets. To see this larger click on the image.

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Asiatic Lilies are favorites of mine. The shadows of the flowers are blocked in with various shades of blues, lavenders and aquas. Pure White is reserved for the petals illuminated by the sun.

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The old bicycle is one we photographed years ago. When Jack saw it he said, “That bike is Flower Powered!” :) I especially like the wicker baskets.

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Nasturtiums are a nice compliment to the Blue door behind them. By placing the complimentary colors next to each other the Orange flowers appear even more brilliant.

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Buddleia or Butterfly Bush fills out the lower right corner. Our Flower Shop is done, wouldn’t you love to stop in and Take Home A Bunch? I really appreciate all of you reading my blog. Remember, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. Hugs,

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