As with the garlic ropes I mix several shades of aqua, blue and lavender. The garlic ropes are in shadow so the colors were grayed a little with a touch of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson). Because the Matilija Poppies will be washed in sunlight I want these mixes to be more pure. So I just add white to the base colors: Ultramarine Blue, Dioxazine Purple and Phtalo Blue.
Using the corner of a large, Flat brush I block in the blossoms of the white Matilija Poppies.
Next, the dusty gray-green foliage is painted around the flower shapes. Remember, you can see an enlargement of any of these images by just clicking on the photo.
Now I go back in and add the bright white highlights to the Matilija Poppies catching the sun. The last step will be to paint the yellow centers.
Notice how the white of the Matilija Poppies is brighter than the white water trickling in the fountain. This is because I added just the tiniest touch of Hansa Lemon Yellow to the White used for the Poppy highlights. This made the mixture a little bit warmer than the cool white highlights of the water, making the flowers appear brighter and causing them to come forward. After letting it dry for a few days we’ll ship the piece to its new home in Albuquerque where it will add some Southwest Enchantment to the wall. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik