Southwest Magic Limited Original

Today I’m working on a commission of two of our hand embellished Limited Originals on canvas. They will hang on either side of an arched doorway in our client’s home. The unembellished giclee print is taped to a piece of double ply cardboard. The first step was to apply two thin coats of UV Varnish with a foam brush. The varnish has dried and we are ready to begin painting. Alkyd Oil Paint is laid out on my palette just like my regular oil paints. I use Alkyds to enhance our giclees because they dry much faster, usually in a couple of days.

The adobe buildings are glazed with a thin wash of Raw Sienna + a liberal amount of Liquin. This makes the color of the walls richer. You can see the unglazed portion of the wall to the right of my brush.

The cobblestone walkway is also glazed using a mix of Burnt Sienna + Liquin. Notice how much deeper the color is above my brush to the right.

The windows and door are repainted. A mix of Pthalo Blue + White is used for the shadow areas, more White is added to the mix for the portion of the windows in the sunlight.

The Geraniums have been repainted. Now I’m working on the Daisies adding pure White to highlight the petals catching the sun.

The window in the foreground is painted with a mixture of Ultramarine Blue + Dioxazine Purple + White. My wrist is braced against a mahl stick to steady my hand while painting the detail. What is a mahl stick? CLICK HERE to find out.

The Cosmos in the window are embellished with Permanent Rose + White and Permanent Rose + Magenta + White. Various mixes of Magenta + White are used for the upright flowers of the Delphinium. Rusty oranges made of Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Light and Cadmium Red Light + Cadmium Orange make the blossoms of the Nasturtium cascading over the wall in the foreground.

Cadmium Red Light is added to some of the pink leftover from the Cosmos. This makes a coral color perfect for the Hollyhocks. More White is added for the blossoms extending up into the light.

Southwest Magic     Limited Original      20″ x 26″

A few strokes of the Hollyhock color are made at the base of the plant to indicate petals that have floated to the ground. I sign the piece in the lower left corner just like my Original Oil Paintings, Southwest Magic is done. Tomorrow I’ll work on the companion piece and also show you where we put the edition number on our Limited Originals. Please do come back and watch. Have a great day. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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2 Responses to “Southwest Magic Limited Original”

  1. Kathy Leigh Berkowitz Says:

    I am amazed at the detail in your flowers 🙂 So pretty!

  2. مكافحة النمل الابيض قبل البناء Says:

    Awesome post.

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