Wildflower Tapestry

Indian Paintbrush are a beautiful flower. On close inspection the petals are a wide variety of pinks, corals and red tones. Cadmium Red Light + Cadmium Orange + White are mixed in various combinations for them. I also use mixtures of Permanent Rose + White, Cadmium Red Light + White and Cadmium Orange + White. This makes the Indian Paintbrush in the foreground warmer than those in the distant field.

The blossoms are painted first, then I come back in and work the leaves around the flower color. A mix of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White makes a warm, dusty green.

The Poppies are painted in the same sequence, Flowers First, Leaves Last. Several shades of Lavender, Blue, and soft Green are used to block in the flowers. These colors serve to make the shadows of the White blossoms. I add some Hansa Lemon Yellow to the leaf mixture from the Indian Paintbrush to paint the foliage of the Poppies.

Pure White highlights accentuate the Poppies dancing in the sunlight.

Yellow centers finish out the Poppies. Now let’s work on the Coreopsis. A range of color from Cadmium Yellow Medium to Cadmium Orange to Cadmium Red Deep is used to block in the blossoms.

The bright green leaves of the Coreopsis are made of Pthalo Blue + Hansa Lemon Yellow. A few strokes of blue leftover from the water add coolness in the shadows of the foliage. The flower shapes are defined as the leaf color is worked around them.

Wildflower Tapestry      30″x 36″     Original Oil Painting

Now you can see how the warmth of the Coreopsis comes forward, making the wildflower field drop back into the distance. Wildflower Tapestry just has to dry a bit before we can ship it to its new home. This piece has been fun to paint, thank you for following along. Remember, if you would like to see any of the pictures larger just click on the image. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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2 Responses to “Wildflower Tapestry”

  1. Joanie Zuckerman Says:

    It’s absolutely amazing to watch this process. I can’t get over the talent involved!! Keep sending the blogs. I look forward to them. Regards from Dr Di Marino. Just worked w him on thursday. Keep up the beautiful work!!!

    Joanie Zuckerman

  2. Patrice Says:

    Thank you , this was wonderful to see . Lots of Helpful hints .

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