Spring Dreams

Spring is the time of year when a gardener’s dreams come true. We plan, plant and sweat. Then God takes over and we get to appreciate the beauty he provides. I must admit though, anytime in the garden seems like play, not work, to me. Cooper’s Garden Place, our local mom and pop organic nursery, put us on to a combination that I will forever swear by. Rose Glo and Medina, a chicken poop fertilizer, mixed half and half. We spread it in all of our beds when we mulched last fall, then sprinkled some throughout in February and in March. The results are amazing. I’ve never seen our garden look so wonderful, the Wisteria by the front entrance to the studio is becoming absolutely handsome. Thank you Karen and Stu Cooper!

This is a Pam’s Pink Honeysuckle, perfect for this spot because it doesn’t take over like regular Honeysuckle. The blooms are so delicately fragrant and pretty to examine when passing by on our front walk. Spanish Lavender grows beside Pam’s Pink with yellow Jerusalem Sage and Red Corn Poppies behind. In the heat of the summer Red Pride of Barbados will grace this garden.

Do you think I might have a case of spring fever? I could stay out in our garden all day long this time of year. But the easel calls. So I’ll do some planting on the canvas. When we lived in Carefree, Arizona I fell in love with Yuccas and Cactus. I was so thrilled when our collector suggested adding some to their painting.

All of the desert plants are painted with various combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. A little Cadmium Yellow Medium is added for the Yuccas which have warmer foliage than the Cactus. The blooms on the Prickly Pear are mixes of Alizarin Crimson + White. The Trumpet Vine is now completed by adding highlights to the flowers and leaves.

The fountain is painted while the Cactus behind it is still wet. If I were to wait until the cactus was dry it would be difficult to make the edges of the fountain smooth. Looking at the picture above I realize the front rim of the fountain needs a little more work, the curve is not quite right. I will wait until the paint is a bit drier to add the water falling from the tiers of the fountain. Dragging the brush over the drier background gives a nice effect.

If you would like to send my blog to your friends please feel free to do so. God has given us the opportunity to paint. We want to share this gift with as many of our fellow artists and art lovers as we can. It’s our way of giving back to the world of art we love so much. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

2 Responses to “Spring Dreams”

  1. Bobbi Baltzer-Jacobo Says:

    Thank you for another great post, Mikki ! Also, I loved those Geese from the other day!
    The painting is looking wonderful…and those Trumpet Vines are awesome! I am still captivated by the terra-cotta tiles on the ground.

    Bobbi Baltzer-Jacobo

  2. Janet Zeh Says:

    Your gardens are heavenly. Sigh. We have a few bedraggled, wet daffodils so far… But spring is coming!! 🙂

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