Maximilian Sunflowers

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Maximilian Sunflowers thrive in New Mexico. I begin in my usual sequence: Flowers First, Leaves Last. The blossoms are mixes of varying combinations of Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Orange. A touch of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) is added for the shadows. The blue-gray foliage is then blocked in around the flowers. In the picture on the right the petals are highlighted with a mix of Cadmium Yellow Medium + Lemon Yellow.

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Brown centers complete the Maximilian Sunflowers dancing in the gentle breeze. Their yellow faces make a happy combination of primary colors with the blue gates and red geraniums. The bright yellow of the Maximilian Sunflowers makes the softer, duller yellow of the Chamisa fall into the background. This is a good example of the rule: Intense colors come forward, Muted colors go back.

SB1413 Step 50SB1413 Step 51Hollyhocks are another New Mexico standard. The shadows of the white flowers are made of Ultramarine Blue + White, Dioxazine Purple + White and Pthalo Blue + White. Their color mass is painted, then I come back and shape the individual flowers by working the foliage color around them. To see any of these pictures larger just click on the image.

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Seed pods, Stems, Centers and stamens help to define the Hollyhocks. The final touch is to add the pure white where the crepe paper like petals are touched by the sunshine streaming across the courtyard.

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The garden in the courtyard is beginning to fill up. Just a little more planting to do, we’ll be working on the rest of the flowers tomorrow. AND……. Jack’s newest article has just been published at Fine Art Studio Online. CLICK HERE to read New Markets. Have a great day! Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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