Let’s Start Planting

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The yellow-orange flowers of the Trumpet Vine cascading over the adobe wall are blocked in first. Mixes of Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Orange and Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Yellow Medium are used.

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The leaves are worked in and around the mass of yellow-orange to help shape the blossoms. I usually follow this sequence: Flowers First, Leaves Last. By painting the flowers first their color remains crisp and clean. If I did the leaves to begin with and then painted the blooms my brush would pick up some of the green, muddying the yellow-orange.

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The Hollyhocks are started with mixes of various proportions of Permanent Rose + White.

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After the leaves are painted I come back and add the highlights on the large Hollyhock blossoms.

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Dark centers, tall stems with seed pods and yellow stamens complete these stately residents of the southwest.

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The Chamisa peeking over the courtyard wall is now blocked in following the same sequence.

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The dark mass of the foliage is painted with mixtures of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. The tiny stems are drawn into the wet paint with a fine liner brush dipped in a lighter mix of the foliage color.

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We’re finished gardening for today. But don’t put your gloves up yet, we’ve got more planting to do tomorrow. Have a great day. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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