Nesting Swallows

2013-6-6 Nesting Swallows2013-6-6 Nesting Swallows 2Swallows are nesting on our front porch! They’ve come back three years in a row but always make the nest in a different corner of the porch. This one is right where we can see it from inside the house through the window over the front door IF you stand on your tippy toes. I’ll keep you updated.

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Back to planting. Geraniums fill the containers on the window sill and next to the door. The first step (#1) is to block in the red flowers with mixes of Cadmium Red Deep + Magenta and Cadmium Red Deep + Cadmium Red Light. Coming back I work the leaves made of varying combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Lemon Yellow around the reds, shaping the flowers (#2).

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Using the corner of a small Bright brush, highlights are added to the Geraniums. Stems and buds complete the flowers, you can see them on the right in the pots on the window sill.

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The containers in the left corner are now painted.

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Let’s work on the White Hollyhocks, my paint mixtures are laid out on my palette above. #1 and #2 are Ultramarine Blue + White. #3 and #4 are Dioxazine Purple + White. OOPS! I left out #5 so we’ll continue with #6 which is Phthalo Blue + White. #7 is Phthalo Blue + Cadmium Lemon Yellow + White.

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The mass of Hollyhock flowers are painted with the color mixtures shown in the previous photo. The jumble of color will be the shadows of the White blooms.

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The foliage is painted with greens made of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Lemon Yellow. The blossoms are shaped as the leaves are made. Then the large blooms are highlighted with Pure White. After the tall stems and seed pods are added the dark centers of the crepe paper like flowers are delineated with Magenta.

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The last touch on the White Hollyhocks is to dot in the bright Cadmium Lemon Yellow stamens. Turning our attention to the Nasturtiums filling the planter, the flowers are blocked in following my usual sequence: Flowers First, Leaves Last.

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So……last but not least the round leaves of the Nasturtium are painted. Just a reminder, you can click on the picture to enlarge any of the images. That’s all for today, we’ve got more planting to do tomorrow. Do come back and follow along. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik


3 Responses to “Nesting Swallows”

  1. Terry pollio Says:

    Simply glorious save those precious hands for our new house

  2. mahsa Says:

    hi mikki this is mahsa from canada . i am very thankful i get your emails and i learn from you a lot.
    i have 3 question :
    1. what is DIOXAZINE PURPLE ? can i make it with mixing colors or i must buy it?
    2. which one of the whites we must use ?
    3. CADMIUM ORANGE HUE is very diffrent with CADMIUM ORANGE?
    thank you so much for everything. mahsa

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Mahsa,
      Great questions.
      1. Dioxazine Purple is a specific color. You must buy this, you can’t mix the color. Believe me, we’ve tried 🙂
      2. I use Winsor Newton WINTON “Soft Mixing White”. It’s nice and buttery.
      3. Cadmium Orange Hue is definitely different than pure Cadmium Orange. Colors mixed with Cadmium Orange Hue tend to turn pinkish, we never use the Hue. The pure Cadmium Orange is more expensive but worth it.
      Hope this helps. Happy Painting, Mikki

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