Colorful Embrace

I recently finished a commission wherein my collector requested a weathered Turquoise gate. I was really pleased with the result so decided to do one on this gallery painting. The base color of the gate is Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. Then I drag a lighter value of the same mixture over the darker hue. I let the brush skip and hop a little, adding texture and giving the feel of the old, weathered wood. To enlarge the picture just click on the image.

The floor of the courtyard is randomly placed pavers. Notice I’ve made it bluer toward the back, making the floor recede. Now we’ll begin planting. Yellow Black-Eyed Susans catch the sunlight cascading over the courtyard wall. The Yellow blossoms are blocked in first, then the leaves are painted.

California Poppies are added. The paint of the blooms that extend up in front of the foliage of the Black-Eyed Susans is gently laid on top of the green. I don’t want to pick up any of the color underneath and muddy the flowers.

The Hollyhock flowers are initially blocked in with blues and lavenders. These colors make up the shadows of the blossoms. The leaves are mixes of Ultramarine Blue + Lemon Yellow. When they are finished I will come back and add the pure white highlights on the large flowers.

Colorful Embrace    20″ x 24″   Original Oil Painting

Bright red Penstemon fills the bed under the Hollyhocks and this happy courtyard is ready to offer a Colorful Embrace to all who enter! Hope you’ll come visit our studio again. Have a great day. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik


4 Responses to “Colorful Embrace”

  1. mike Says:

    I have been receiving your posts for a while. I cannot help noticing that you like to have an arch, or some way of framing a painting within a painting. I think one idea that I would like to see you pursue is to use a window, with an inside the cabin perspective, looking out on a landscape, but with some objects inside as well. Just an idea!

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Mike,
      Thank you for the suggestion, I think it’s a really good idea. Actually I’ve tried windows several times over the years. For some reason they just don’t appeal to our collectors. The last one I did took six months to sell. I’m very fortunate, most of my paintings sell while they are still wet. I can’t figure out why the windows don’t connect but that’s the way it is. I appreciate you following my blog. Hugs, Mikki

  2. mjspringett Says:

    OOOO, i really like the blue door, thanks mikki, MJ

  3. Frank Zweegers Says:

    Really nice work, I like the amount of details with clear oil characteristics

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