Sun Brushed Poplars

Because it is the source of light the sky is painted first. Then I “Paint Forward” making the mountain farthest away bluer so it will recede. The top edge where it meets the sky is softened also. This follows another one of those simple rules that helps give the feeling of depth in a painting: Hard Edges come forward, Soft Edges go back. Mixtures of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White + a touch of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) are used for the closest bluff. To learn more about our Double Primary Color Mixing System CLICK HERE.

I love the Poplar Trees in New Mexico, with sunlit leaves shimmering in the gentle breezes. Mixtures of Ultramarine Blue + Hansa Lemon Yellow + White make the fluttering foliage. Sunlight illuminates the top of the trees while the bases remain in the shadow of a cloud that darkens the field of wildflowers. A touch of sun splashes on the magenta flowers directly behind the open gate.

Now it’s time to construct the adobe building. Shadows from the vigas, or posts protruding from the wall, cascade down the wall.

Wisteria grows over the ancient adobe, softening the upper edge of the old structure. A special color, not normally found on our palette, is used. Dioxazine Purple is perfect for the wispy blossoms. Then the leaves are painted around the purple, shaping the flowers.

A bit of Ultramarine Blue is mixed into the Wisteria color to paint the corbels and beams over the door and window. Please remember, to enlarge any of these pictures just click on the image. Have a great day and do come visit our studio again. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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One Response to “Sun Brushed Poplars”

  1. mjspringett Says:

    I love the colors in this one, good going mikki, MJ

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