Geraniums and Daylilies

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The fountain is part of the “Threshold” and provides a dark upright to contrast with the light spilling out from behind. After the main structure is finished I paint the water cascading over the edge of the upper bowl into the large basin below. This is done by lightly dragging my brush, loaded with a mix of White + Ultramarine Blue, straight down. The skips and bumps give the appearance of moving water.

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Geraniums fill the terra-cotta planters in front. The Reds of the blossoms are blocked in first. Mixes of Cadmium Red Deep + Magenta and pure Cadmium Red Deep are used. Then the leaves are worked around the flower color, helping to shape the blossoms.

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The petals are painted with the corner of a medium Bright brush. The square corner of the brush makes nice, crisp strokes perfect to indicate the individual petals. The paint is applied with lots of texture.

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Daylilies are painted opposite from my usual sequence of Flowers First, Leaves Last because the foliage is long and thin. It would be difficult to paint the strap-like leaves around the flowers.

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Now the flower color is gently “Laid” on top of the leaves and background. I don’t want to pick up any of the color underneath and dirty the flowers.

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Stems and deep centers finish out the cheery Daylilies. These are some of my favorite flowers, unfortunately the deer around our area love them. So much so that we call them “Deer Candy”! Have a wonderful evening and hope you’ll come back tomorrow to help plant the rest of the flowers. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik


One Response to “Geraniums and Daylilies”

  1. Bob Ragland Says:

    Good for you to show your process. I have read your story about your early life. I am glad you are successful.
    I am on the side of any artist that gets paid.
    Bob Ragland-NSA

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