Plumbago, Petunias and Daisies

This commission is full of fun subjects that are firsts for me. Even though we’ve admired the beautiful blue blossoms of the Plumbago for years, I’ve never painted one. We don’t have this particular bush in our garden but fortunately our neighbor does. So I stole over and took a few photos for reference. Cobalt Blue is the perfect color to use for the soft blue flowers. I’m so glad our collector suggested the Plumbago, I’m going to use it again.

The little seed pods have a surface similar to velcro. They certainly stick to animal fur; I can always tell when Molly, our shelter kitty, has slipped out of our yard to the neighbor’s! The delicate pods are delineated with the same fine liner brush used for the perspective lines in the floor.

The Red Petunias and White Daisies in the left foreground are painted as a group. The usual sequence of Flowers First, Leaves Last is followed.

Bright green leaves made of various proportions of Pthalo Blue + Hansa Lemon Yellow are worked around the reds of the Petunias. Then the deep centers of the flowers are drawn in with a mix of Magenta + Liquin.

The leaves of the White Daisies are made warmer by adding Cadmium Yellow Medium to the green mixes leftover from the Petunia foliage.

The Daisies that extend up, in front of the Petunias, are now painted. I gently “Lay” the white paint of the blossoms on the canvas, being very careful to not pick up any of the underlying color. This same technique is used to make the highlights on the rest of the flowers.

Yellow and Orange centers complete the delightful Daisies, dancing in the sunlight. Keep your gardening gloves on, tomorrow we’ll plant the flowers on the right! And remember….. to enlarge any of the pictures simply click on the image. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik


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