Fall Monarchs

We love this time of year when the heat of summer has past and the cooler days of fall settle in. Our garden has sprung back to life and the Blue Mist is in full bloom. Monarch butterflies are coming through on their annual migration and the Blue Mist is one of their favorites. It’s so fun to walk by this bed, the Monarchs will delicately dance in the air and you feel as if you are in a butterfly cloud.

Just another picture of one of our delightful visitors.

I’m back to working on paintings for Fredericksburg Art Gallery. I’ve made a quick sketch of my plan for their newest piece. I originally had thought of White Spanish Jasmine draping over the door but feel it will compete with the white curtains in the windows. So we’ll go with purple Wisteria there. That will change the flowers in the right front from purple Salvia to yellow Coreopsis.

I begin sketching the main elements on the canvas with a #2 Filbert brush dipped in a wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + a lot of Liquin. The canvas is primed with a couple of coats of white acrylic making a fairly smooth surface. I can use a wad of tissue dipped in my odorless paint thinner to wipe off any errant lines.

We’re sketched up and ready to begin applying paint tomorrow. You can see I’ve made another change from my initial sketch. I took out the Hollyhocks in back of the Bistro set. I felt it would be too busy, making it hard to see the wine bottle, glasses and heart design of the chairs. Have a great day. And by the way, please feel free to visit my website: www.senkarik.com    Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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