Hill Country Overlook – the Finishing Steps

Final details have been added to the Wisteria so now I begin working on the bed of Canna Lilies behind the fountain. The foliage provides a dark backdrop for the bubbling fountain. The broad leaves are blocked in with a large Bright brush.

Magenta flowers bloom on the tall stalks of the Cannas. Then the fountain is painted with mixtures of Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson + a green made of Pthalo Blue + Orange + White. MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) is added to darken the shadow areas.

A rim of Ultramarine Blue + White has been added on the shadow side of the bowls of the fountain. This cool edge helps to visually “round” them. Next the Cosmos at the base of the fountain are blocked in, Flowers first, Foliage last.

Geraniums, some of my favorites flowers, are planted in the containers on the wall and by the door. Going back to the fountain the splashing water is lightly dragged, straight down, over the bowls and base. I want the brush to skip over the paint of the structure so a little of it shows through the White, giving the water a transparent look.

Hill Country Overlook    30″ x 36″     Original Oil Painting

Rose of Sharon fills the bed at the base of the wall on the left and a whimsical tile brings a burst of cheeriness by the front door. I’m ready to sit on the edge of the fountain, listen to the babbling water and enjoy the view of the Texas landscape in the distance. How ’bout you? Please remember, if you would like to see any of the pictures larger just click on the image. Have a super day. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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