Amazing Red Sunflowers

Adding the Thunbergia on the Limited Original of Intriguing Arches reminded me of this beautiful climber. I had forgotten all about it until our client asked for a vine with purply-blue flowers. We have one in the garden and I see it all the time, DUH! Bracing against the mahl stick makes delineating the deep centers of the blooms much easier.

The light and shadow pattern of the irregular paver floor is blocked in. Then I loosely indicate the curving perspective lines between the old terra-cotta tiles with a fine liner brush.

Now it’s time to paint the Amazing Red Sunflowers. We couldn’t believe it when we saw the seed packet, Amazing Red is actually the name of this crimson variety. They made a great combination with our regular yellow, Mammoth Grey Stripe Sunflowers. That variety has large striped seeds.

The red blossoms are painted first with mixes of Cadmium Red Deep + Magenta and pure Cadmium Red Deep. Some Cadmium Red Light is added for the highlights.

Foliage made of Pthalo Blue + Hansa Lemon Yellow is painted around the blossom color. Then the large, dark centers of the Sunflowers are added.

Sunlight dances across the tops of the Nasturtiums nestled in pots at the base of the Sunflowers. The warm green leaves are made of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Yellow Deep.

Magenta Petunias and White Daisies fill the planter in the lower left corner. Lavender and blue make up the shadows of the white flowers.

Amazing Red Sunflowers    20″ x 24″    Original Oil Painting

Pure White accentuates the petals of the Daisies in the spotlight of the sunbeam. The fragrance of the velvety Petunias is released by the sun’s warmth. Close your eyes and take a deep breath. Can you smell that delightful scent? It’s as amazing as the Red Sunflowers hugging the courtyard wall. I have a favor to ask you. Please take a moment today and say a prayer for all of those whose lives have been disrupted by Hurricane Sandy. Thank you and hugs, Mikki Senkarik

2 Responses to “Amazing Red Sunflowers”

  1. Jody Poehl Says:

    So very cool I love it

  2. me Says:

    > hi Mikki ,Hi Jack ,
    Thanks for your gorgeous red sunflowers and your amazing Texas energy boost to me of “No Plan B””,
    May it return to you a million fold only good happy healthy blessings. …..Lots of love and thanks again to both of you , Annie and Mordechai Edel

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