Let’s Plant Some Flowers

It may be COLD outside but it’s spring in the studio. So let’s get to planting, the containers by the door are ready. To make the color for the terra-cotta pots I added some Cadmium Red Light + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) to the floor mix.

I begin by blocking in the geranium flowers with mixes of Cadmium Red Deep + Alizarin Crimson and Cadmium Red Deep + a tiny touch of White.

After painting the leaves of the geraniums I come back in with a fine liner brush to add flower buds. Strokes of Pthalo Blue + White interspersed throughout the greenery add depth to the foliage.

My colors are mixed for the sunflowers. The base for the flowers is Cadmium Yellow Medium. A bit of Cadmium Orange + MUD is added for the darker shadows. Lemon Hansa Yellow is added for the lighter highlights. The greens are various mixes of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium.

Moving back to the canvas the yellows are painted first, followed by the greens for the leaves. I throw in a few brushstrokes of the Pthalo Blue + White used in the Geraniums.

To add a little zing to the Sunflowers I use some of the Tulip color (on the lower left of the palette picture above) for a few of the petals.

Dark centers finish the Sunflowers bobbing their heads in the breeze. The last little detail is to add a few petals that have dropped to the cobblestones. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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One Response to “Let’s Plant Some Flowers”

  1. Janet Says:

    SO Beautiful!! Sigh.

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