Hugged by the Rio Grande

AHHHHH! The fun of gardening. Now we are really going to see a change in this piece. The warmth and brightness of the Trumpet Vine will make the cool background drop back even more. The color mass of the blooms is blocked in first. Various mixtures of Cadmium Red Deep + Cadmium Red Light + Cadmium Orange are smooshed together for the brilliant blossoms. Cadmium Orange + a little Cadmium Yellow Medium is reserved for the highlights. If you would like to enlarge the picture just click on the image.

The foliage is painted next. This sequence, Flowers First, Leaves Last, is used for most of the blooming plants I paint. By painting the blossoms first the color remains crisp and clean. If the leaves were blocked in to begin with my brush would pick up the underlying greens when painting the flowers, dirtying and dulling the bright color.

Geraniums are some of my favorite flowers. I follow the same sequence here. The flowers are painted with combinations of Cadmium Red Deep + Cadmium Red Light. I also throw in some Permanent Rose to add variety in the blossoms. Various mixes of Pthalo Blue + Hansa Lemon Yellow are used for the bright green leaves. A few strokes of the dark blue water color are made in the foliage to add coolness in the shadows.

Hugged by the Rio Grande    24″ x 30″    Original Oil Painting

A few flower petals are allowed to gently drift down to the floor and we’re done. Wouldn’t you like to live here, Hugged by the Rio Grande and hearing the music of the bubbling water all day long? Remember, if you are in Taos please stop in Wilder Nightingale Gallery and say HI! Rob is located at 119 Kit Carson Road. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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3 Responses to “Hugged by the Rio Grande”

  1. Jody Poehl Says:

    Another fine painting you are awesome

  2. marylou ayers Says:

    I love all your pictures better than any i have seen , and i am a old woman of 68.
    thanks marylou ayers

  3. mjspringett Says:

    Those beautiful flowers are brightening my day, thanks MJ

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