Colorful Celebration

SK11013 Step 20

OK, let’s get to gardening! The Petunias are blocked in with various mixes of Permanent Rose + White, Cadmium Red Light and Cadmium Orange as shown in #1. Then the greens of the leaves are worked around the flower color, #2. Working in this order, Flowers First, Leaves Last, helps to keep the blossom color crisp and clean. If the foliage was done first my brush would pick up some of the green as the flowers were painted, muddying their bright color.

SK11013 Step 21

The deep centers of the Petunias are made with Alizarin Crimson.

SK11013 Step 22

The mass of White Matilija Poppy blossoms is painted with several shades of Ultramarine Blue + White, Dioxazine Purple + White and Pthalo Blue + White. This block of color will provide the shadows for the White flowers. In the picture above I’m painting the gray-green foliage. To enlarge any of the pictures please click on the image.

SK11013 Step 23

I come back and add the pure White highlights on the crepe paper like flowers. I have to carefully “Lay” the thick brushstrokes on top of the underlying color. I don’t want to pick up any of the green and dull the white.

SK11013 Step 24

The Hollyhocks are mixed from different proportions of Alizarin Crimson + Magenta + White and Magenta + White. The broad leaves are made of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium. Using a large Bright brush helps to add lots of texture.

SK11013 Colorful Celebration 30x36Colorful Celebration  30″ x 36″   Original Oil Painting

Cheery Red Mums with draping vines are planted in the container in the right foreground and we’re finished.

SK11013 Magic of the Matilijas-Colorful Celebration BORDERMagic of the Matilijas                   Colorful Celebration

Our collectors expressed concern that the colors in their painting would be different from those in Magic of the Matilijas that they originally saw in the gallery. As you can see in the image above the two look very much the same. The original piece on the left was considerably smaller so there are some variations in the design proportions but the colors are nearly identical. That is the nice thing about our Double Primary Color Mixing System. It’s very easy to achieve the same color mixtures from painting to painting. This has been so much fun. Thank you for following along, hope you’ll come back soon. Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

3 Responses to “Colorful Celebration”

  1. Lynn Rattray Says:

    Love it! Beautiful!!

  2. Julie Porter Says:

    Mikki and Jack–Thank you again! Between this post and Jack’s column “Sluggish Sameness” in FineArtsViews… I told my family I had learned Three Valuable Things in one morning’s email perusing! I have read all of Jack’s books on art marketing… Now I humbly request that the two of you consider writing a book on painting techniques! 🙂

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