Geranium and Wisteria Blooms

SB1413 Step 37SB1413 Step 38Geraniums are some of my favorite flowers and are perfect to fill the corner of the front porch. I block in the deep reds first, then the greens of the leaves are worked around the blossom color.

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Using a medium sized Bright brush the highlights are added to the Deep Red blossoms of the Geraniums. Several of you have asked about the brushes I use. CLICK HERE  if you’d like to find out more about them.

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The final step on the Geraniums is to draw in the stems and buds. You can see them better if you enlarge the image, just click on the picture. Then I begin working on the weathered wood, Southwestern style Portal Posts, Corbels and Beam.

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Now for the Wisteria Blooms draping down over the beam. I had a specific request to show the step by step method of painting the flowers. Three different shades of Dioxazine Purple + White are mixed: dark, medium and light. The dark and light green for the leaves is made from Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium.

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SB1413 Step 43Blocking in the individual blossoms is first done with the darkest mix of purple. I gently “Lay” the color on top of the wet paint of the corbel and beam. This way I don’t pick up any of the brown and muddy the flowers of the Wisteria. Using the corner of a medium sized Bright brush more petals are added with the middle value.

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Highlights of the lightest mixture of Dioxazine Purple are added to finish out the blossoms. Then I let a few more leaves “grow” on the vine.

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The painting is beginning to change as the flowers are added. Tomorrow will make an even bigger difference as I get more of the garden planted. Have a great evening! Hugs, Mikki Senkarik


5 Responses to “Geranium and Wisteria Blooms”

  1. Pen Slade Says:

    Hi Mikki, I just read Jack’s FASO article-please remind me what he meant, (exactly bkz he didn’t say) by color, size & price rule.
    Thanks, Pen Slade

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Penelope,
      The “color, size and price rule” is basically the following. Paint pieces in colors that work in your collector’s environment in sizes that fit their budget. If you are painting large pieces and having a difficult time selling them, try working in smaller sizes. The prices will be lower and most people have a little space they can tuck another piece of art in. Hope this helps. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Mikki

  2. Sandy Wegmann Says:

    Thanks for the demo on the Wisteria. That was very helpful.

  3. Says:

    Chili,chicken,wisteria and geraniums.It doesn’t get any better than this.


    Thanks for the step by step on the wisteria blooms. Got it. Edith

    Now, If only I weren’t working in watercolor!!! 😦

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