Roses and Sunflowers

Pthalo Blue gates open to the Tuscan landscape beyond. The entire surface of the floor is painted with the mixes from the roof tiles. Then the shaft of sunlight is lightly dragged over the dark.

I had originally planned to cobblestone the courtyard but then decided the contrast of a smooth, terra-cotta tile floor would be more interesting with the rough, rock walls. The roses are painted Flowers First, Leaves Last using mixes of Permanent Rose + Cadmium Orange + White for the fragrant blossoms. The flat edge of a large Bright brush is used to block in large areas of color, while the corner is perfect for adding small details such as the individual leaves of the roses.

Sunlit petals and long streamers complete the final touches to the climbing roses.

Cadmium Yellow Medium is the base for the Sunflowers. Cadmium Orange + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) is added for the shadows. For the highlights on the petals Hansa Lemon Yellow is mixed with the Cadmium Yellow Medium. Greens made of Ultramarine Blue + Hansa Lemon Yellow will be used for the leaves. I save all the leftover paint on the side of my palette. It remains useable for several days, making it easy if I need to go back and work on any areas.

After the Sunflowers and foliage are initially blocked in I use some of the leftover wall color to paint the glimpses of wall that appear between the individual flowers and leaves.

Dark centers and highlighted petals make the Sunflowers POP. Purple Salvia is planted at the base of the Sunflowers. Purple is the complementary color, or across the color wheel from Yellow. Placing the two colors next to each other makes the Sunflowers appear more intense.

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Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

2 Responses to “Roses and Sunflowers”

  1. Angela Says:

    Beautiful! I love your paintings. I love the demos you share with us, Thank you!

  2. Mercedes Perez Castillo Says:


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