Spirit of Taos

Jack’s latest article, Keeping the Chickens Flying, is up on Fine Art Studio Online. Seems like there are lots of Chickies in our life this week! CLICK HERE to read it.

Various proportions of Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Light + Cadmium Orange are mixed for the flowers of the Trumpet Vine. Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + Hansa Lemon Yellow are used for the foliage. You can see all of my extra color saved on the left side of my palette.

The blossoms of the vine are blocked in first, then the greens are worked around the reds and oranges. Some of the blue, leftover from the window on the right is added into the leaves. The provides coolness in the depths of the foliage.

This door is a mixture of Ultramarine Blue + White. Just the tiniest touch of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) is added into the shadow to darken the blue and dull its intensity. The adobe wall is painted warmer than the ones in the distance so the building will come forward.

I just can’t seem to paint a piece without Sunflowers. Not only do I love them but our collectors do too! Thank goodness. Some of the oranges from the Trumpet Vine above are used in the shadows of these sunny blossoms. The lighter petals are Cadmium Yellow Medium with a bit of Hansa Lemon Yellow added.

Spirit of Taos      32″ x 44″         Original Oil Painting

A Chili Ristra and Hot Pink Petunias complete our work today. It has been fun to capture the Spirit of Taos. Thanks for following along. If you would like to receive an email every time I publish a new post please feel free to subscribe to my blog. CLICK THIS LINK and scroll to the upper right side of the page. You will see a heading EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS. Just enter your email address and click the button “Sign me up!”  It’s easy. And if you enjoy my blog please CLICK the FaceBook LIKE Button. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

2 Responses to “Spirit of Taos”

  1. Janet Zeh Says:

    Gorgeous Mikki! I love, love the color and the sunny, cozy feeling of this one. Janet

  2. H Hameed Says:

    Healing Magic of Colors

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