Fresh From the Garden

We subscribe to a few gardening magazines and one evening, as we were reading them, I heard a loud RIPPPPPPPPPP! Jack handed me a page with a jagged edge, on it was a picture of the neatest little watering can. He could hardly contain himself. Glowing with pride he asked, “Wouldn’t that be nice filled with daisies?”

“With some grapes in a basket,” I replied with excitement. The background is painted first, followed by the watering can. Various mixes of Pthalo Blue + MUD + White are used for the metal container.  A touch of Hansa Lemon Yellow is added to the mix for the lighter portions of the can. An old weathered wood plank table makes for a nice setting.

I enjoy painting grapes. The green ones are mixtures of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. The light reflecting on the grapes from the water can are made with a little of the color left over from the container. Various mixes of Dioxazine Purple + White are used for the Purple grapes. The shadow areas of the White Daisies are combinations of Ultramarine Blue + White, Dioxazine Purple + White and Pthalo Blue + White. I make certain these are dark enough so the sunlit petals will glow.

Fresh From the Garden       12″ x 10″        Original Oil Painting

The foliage, highlights and centers of the White Daises complete the piece. Kudos to Jack, I think he came up with a super idea. And, he just had another article published on Fine Art Studio Online. CLICK HERE to read Awards and Ribbons: Who Really Cares? Have a great day. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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2 Responses to “Fresh From the Garden”

  1. Rose Herczeg Says:

    Breathtaking! Your flowers always make me smile!

  2. cilipower Says:


    Like Rose above me says, your flowers make me smile! I have had a life long love affair with things floral, and am always drawn to the love that goes into the well rendered flower by human hand.

    I am Cecilia and have been checking out your work for a while now, but did not get over my shy till now. Having a blog myself on wordpress has helped me chip away at the shell drawn around me, now I can open up a little. I started to comment on one of your earlier works, the one just before the Taos mission, the one with the dancing poppies in the foreground. But that comment managed to disappear into the ether, so I came here to say hello. I love your work, plain and simple. My friend Anne Williams told me about you, I love her work also, she has a much quieter style though. I love the vibrancy of the way your flowers jump out and grab the eyes.

    I also do floral pieces, though my paint is fiber and knots. I sculpt with knots, fiber and color. (macrame is the traditional name for my work). Please come visit me at so I may share a few flowers with you.


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