Baskets of Good Cheer

This piece is for the Winter Wonderland Miniatures Show at the Fredericksburg Art Gallery. Collectors seem to love the little burros I paint on occasion so I thought it would be neat to do one loaded with baskets of Sunflowers and Poinsettias.

A weathered stucco wall provides a neutral background that will compliment the bright flowers. I fill the bed along the back edge of the cobblestone street with Lavender. This softens the junction between the wall and floor. A hard edge here would tend to draw the viewer’s gaze away from the focal point, the burro’s head and baskets of flowers.

I adore burros and they are definitely fun to paint. This little fellow is excited that he is going to be part of the Christmas show!

Now to fill the wicker baskets. Just like painting flowers planted in the ground I block in the blossoms first, followed by the leaves. Working in this sequence keeps the color of the Sunflowers and Poinsettias clean and pure. Dark centers will finish out the Sunflowers.

Baskets of Good Cheer   

Frame: 12″ x 10″   Image Size: 8″ x 6″   Original Oil Painting   $290

First Touch of Winter

Frame: 12″ x 10″   Image size: 8″ x 6″   Original Oil Painting   $290

Both of these pieces will be in the Fredericksburg Art Gallery’s Winter Wonderland Miniatures Show December 7, 2012. The opening reception is from 6 to 8 PM. Here is a great opportunity to do a little Christmas Shopping! The gallery is located at 314 East Main Street, Fredericksburg, Texas. Call 830.990.2707 for more information or if you are interested in adding one of these original oil paintings to your collection. Hope you’ll come join us in the fun and Festivities. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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