Embellishing Hill Country Dreams

LO Hill Country Dreams Step 1Today I’m starting on a commission of two Limited Originals. Hill Country Dreams is a high quality digital reproduction on canvas of my original oil painting of the same name. The giclee without any extra enhancing is shown at the left. By the way, that tongue twister is pronounced Gee-Clay.

LO Hill Country Dreams Step 2

The giclees are a little blue when we get them from our printer. This is an advantage because the warm colors I paint on the reproduction really POP! I begin by adding highlights to the clouds. We use Winsor Newton Griffin ALYKD Oil paints for the embellishing, the colors are the same as the regular oil paints we use but dry much faster.

LO Hill Country Dreams Step 3

The little waterside cottage is now enhanced. The roof, doors and windows are repainted. The railings and posts will be done next. You can click on the picture to see it enlarged.

LO Hill Country Dreams Step 4

I made the flowers in front of the building a soft pink, one of Nancy’s favorite colors. The water is repainted and a few strokes of pink are pulled down into it for reflections. I let a shaft of sunlight skip across the bluebonnets and foreground rocks, it catches the edge of the red swing and then illuminates the rocks and yellow Coreopsis to the right of the waterfall.

LO Hill Country Dreams Step 5

What a fun surprise, a butterfly has decided to flit into our studio and land on the Coreopsis!

LO Hill Country Dreams 1-49 24x30

Hill Country Dreams       Limited Original    24″ x 30″

The final touch is to sign the piece and we’re done. Thank you for visiting today, tomorrow I’ll be working on the companion to Hill Country Dreams. Hope you’ll come follow along. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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3 Responses to “Embellishing Hill Country Dreams”

  1. Paul O'Brien Says:

    Yellow and Pink – certainly does make Nancy happy! Looks great, keep them coming, we don’t quite have a Senkarik in each room yet. 🙂

  2. Sandy Says:


    Would you mind giving me advice as to what to mix for leaves on a joe pye weed? I have a picture my husband took at a butterfly garden and cannot seem to get the color right.

    Thank you for your help.


    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Sandy,
      Joe Pye Weed is so pretty. For the leaves I would start with Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium. If it needs to be a little warmer you can add a bit of Cadmium Orange. To make it cooler add some Lemon Yellow. This should get you going in the right direction. Just play with mixing colors. Let me know how it turns out. Thank you for following my blog. Hugs, Mikki

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