Red Hot Poppies

SI8613 Red Hot Poppies step 1

Today I’m working on a commission from our Collector Event in Santa Fe. Marilyn loved “Muy Caliente” but it had already sold. So I told her I’d be happy to paint a similar piece just for her. I begin by sketching up the individual flowers with a thin oil wash made of Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson + LIQUIN. To view any of the images larger just click on the picture.

SI8613 Red Hot Poppies step 2

I wash in the areas around the flowers with mixtures of Pthalo Blue + LIQUIN and Viridian Green + LIQUIN. This gives a cool, semitransparent base for the foliage.

SI8613 Red Hot Poppies step 3

Standing on a small step stool I paint the top and upper edges of the gallery wrapped canvas. Molly, our rescue kitty, keeps me company as I work.

SI8613 Red Hot Poppies step 4

The foliage is now added with thick, textured brushstrokes of opaque oil paint.

SI8613 Red Hot Poppies step 5

The paint of the flowers is gently “Laid” on the canvas taking care not to pick up any of the green with the brush which would muddy the blossom color. I want the flowers at the top of the canvas to fall into the background so I use Magenta, Permanent Alizarin Crimson and Cadmium Red Deep to block them in. These are cooler reds than the Cadmium Red Medium and Cadmium Red Light used for the blossoms closer to the foreground. This follows a simple rule of painting, Cool Colors go Back, Warm Colors come Forward.

SI8613 Red Hot Poppies step 6

After painting the petals of each flower I add the dark center.

SI8613 Red Hot Poppies 14x14Red Hot Poppies       14″ x 14″     Original Oil Painting

Jack and I love Poppies. These delightful red flowers join the Bluebonnets in our spring garden. As soon as Red Hot Poppies is dry enough we’ll ship the painting to its new home, where it will provide a warm, cheery touch of spring all year long! Hugs,

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5 Responses to “Red Hot Poppies”

  1. Saartjie van den Bergh Says:

    Dear Mikkie

    Thank you so much for this wonderful tips that you give. I’m still a novice in the painting arena and find all your this so helpful!! Thank you for feedback on the types of paint you use and also how you keep the remainder of your paint in the yoghurt containers.

    God bless, you are such a wonderful person to share your knowledge so freely.

    Saartjie van den Bergh 082 324 9069 “Soar like an eagle, higher and higher”

    Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2013 01:45:54 +0000 To:

  2. marjan Says:

    dear mikkie
    thank you for your wonderful painting and sharing information with us. i just start painting after 4 years and when i see you do these wonderful paintings, i like to do more about my painting work. i already finished one of my works with inspirition of your work and i am really thankful that you give me that energy i want to start.
    have a good day
    hug you. marjan

  3. Loretta Says:

    Dear Mikki,

    Recently came across your work and have been quite inspired by your style and subject matter. Thank you for your posts as they educational while being conversational.

  4. dawnlundquist Says:

    Love it why are you standing on a stool?

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Dawn,
      I stand on the stool to paint the top edge of the gallery wrap canvas. I could do it standing on the floor but I can’t see the top well enough to get full coverage. I miss spots toward the back. Stepping up on the stool allows me to see the top edge completely as I’m painting. Or course, I could take the painting down to check the top but this works easier for me. Thank you for following my blog. Hugs, Mikki

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