More Chicks Southwestern Style

Many of you have asked how I draw straight lines. Using a fine liner brush loaded with paint, working wet into wet I rest my wrist against the mahl stick and pull, straight down. The surface of the mahl stick is smooth so I can slide my wrist as I go downward. This allows me to make a line without any major bumps or jiggles. When I am done I look in the mirror placed behind me to see if it is correct. If not the line gets painted out and I start over. With practice it becomes pretty easy, just be patient with yourself. You can do it!

Now for my Southwestern version of those cute chickies you met yesterday, Ferdinand and Nina. The tile over the window is a perfect place for a bit of whimsy, a mama feeding her two chicks. I used several Navajo designs as a starting point and came up with these. Just click on the picture to see them larger.

Geraniums are planted in the container on the windowsill and I begin blocking in the strap-like leaves of the Daylilies.

Daylilies are some of the few flowers that I don’t paint Flowers First, Foliage Second. I have found it easier to paint the leaves of the Daylilies to start. Then I come back and “Lay” the paint of the blossoms on top of the foliage. I have to be careful to not pick up any of the green underneath because it will muddy the flower color.

Add the stems and centers and our dancing Daylilies are finished. Speaking of finishing, we should do just that tomorrow. Hope you will come watch. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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One Response to “More Chicks Southwestern Style”

  1. Janet Zeh Says:

    The painting is coming along beautifully! I love your chicks too. 🙂


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