A Bunch of Poppies

SG3513 Muy Caliente  14x14

The Danes also saw the painting above, Muy Caliente, at our gallery event. Like Immersed in Spring it had already sold. So they commissioned me to do one for them as a companion to their Daisy painting, shown in my previous blog.

SJ10213 A Bunch of Poppies Step 1

I flip the composition and change the position of several of the poppies. The initial plan is sketched on the canvas with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson + Liquin.

SJ10213 A Bunch of Poppies Step 2

The background between the flowers is blocked in with oil washes of Viridian Green + Liquin and Pthalo Blue + Liquin. This gives a cool base for the leaves of the Poppies.

SJ10213 A Bunch of Poppies Step 3

Coming back with various mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White and Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow + White I paint the foliage with thick, textured brushstrokes.

SJ10213 A Bunch of Poppies Step 4

The thin stems of the poppies are then drawn into the wet paint of the mass of leaves.

SJ10213 A Bunch of Poppies Step 5

The mixes for the Red Corn Poppies are laid out on my glass palette, placed on top of a culinary cart with wheels. The shelf below holds the tubes of paint used for our double primary color mixing system. If you would like to learn more about it CLICK HERE. Now for the mixtures. #1 – Magenta + White. #2 – Alizarin Crimson + White. #3 – A lighter mix of #2. #4 – Cadmium Red Light. #5 – Cadmium Red Deep.

SJ10213 A Bunch of Poppies Step 6

The Poppies in the distance at the top of the canvas are painted with mixes #1, #2 and #3. These are cooler Reds that will drop back.

SJ10213 A Bunch of Poppies Step 7

Moving closer to the foreground I begin incorporating mixes #4 and #5 into the blossoms. The warm reds jump forward. This follows a simple rule that helps to give depth to a painting: Warm Colors come forward, Cool Colors go back. Adding the dark center completes each flower.

SJ10213 A Bunch of Poppies 14x14A Bunch of Poppies     14″ x 14″     Original Oil Painting

The petals glistening in the sunlight are highlighted with a mix of Cadmium Red Light + White. I just love the vibrant yet delicate, paper thin blooms of Red Corn Poppies. I jump for joy when the first ones pop out in our garden in the spring. Ray and Jan will be able to enjoy the happiness of A Bunch of Poppies all year long! Thanks for following along today. Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

4 Responses to “A Bunch of Poppies”

  1. Gonny v.d. Horn-Rijsdijk Says:

    Totally agree! I am a poppy lover as well !

  2. Ray Dane Says:

    Can’t wait to see in at home.

  3. Saartjie van den Bergh Says:

    Hi Mikkie

    Thank from the bottom of my heart for your wonderful explaination of your techniques you using. It opened so much info for me. You are a star.

    Regards and God bless

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

    Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 21:00:34 +0000 To: property.hub@hotmail.com

  4. Jo Allebach Says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous!

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