California Poppies and Cosmos

SF2913 Step 35

We’re gardening again. The flowers of the California Poppies filling part of the planter in the right foreground are blocked in first. Then the leaves are worked in and around the red-orange blossoms.

SF2913 Step 36

I went ahead and painted the long thin foliage of the Poker Plant as I worked on the leaves of the Poppies. After painting the greens I go back and delineate the deep centers of the California Poppies with Magenta + Liquin.

SF2913 Step 37

Pink Cosmos grows in front of the planter. I follow the same sequence as with the California Poppies; Flowers First, Leaves Last. Mixtures of Permanent Rose + White are used for the Cosmos blossoms.

SF2913 Step 38

The foliage is painted, then the dark on the deepest part of the pink petals and yellow centers are added. The last step on painting the Cosmos is to draw in the thin stems with a fine liner brush.

SF2913 Travels 50x40Travels         50″ x 40″     Original Oil Painting

Adding the Red Hot, upright flowers of the Poker Plant finishes out our special commemorative collaboration. To enlarge the painting just click on the image. Jack came up with a wonderful name for this piece that contains hints of significant places from our collectors’ journey of twenty years together. Don’t you think “Travels” is pretty cool? This has been so much fun to put all the ideas together. I can’t wait to hear how the surprise goes.

If you would like me to paint something especially for you please feel free to contact us at Let’s collaborate to take your dreams and capture them on canvas. I can work within your budget and, best of all, you’ll be able to follow along on my blog! Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

2 Responses to “California Poppies and Cosmos”

  1. Tracy Says:

    Absolutely love it. And adored reading the story behind the collaboration and watching it unfold! What a delight to peek behind the artist’s curtain.

  2. Alison Granny Duke Says:

    I agree this has been beautiful to watch it coming together and I so much appreciate your detailed blog. Every time I read it when you are doing a painting the reminders pop up and so now when I am painting my head says things like ” Warm Colors come forward Cool drop back”. Thank you for being such a blessing.

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