Spirit of the Southwest

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Now for a blast of color. Brilliant Red Orange Nasturtiums fill the two blue containers residing on the rim of the fountain’s base. Cadmium Red Deep, Cadmium Red Light and Cadmium Orange make up the cascade of flowers. Warm greens mixed of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium are used for the leaves.

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The deep, dark centers are drawn with a brush dipped in a mix of Magenta + Liquin.

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After the blossom color and foliage of the sunflowers are blocked in I add the dark centers. This immediately identifies the happy bouquet as Sunflowers. One collector asked if I could be a flower what would it be? Without any hesitation at all I replied, “A SUNFLOWER! They are tenacious, cheery and always make me smile. Besides, I love the way they dance in the breeze and follow the sun.”

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The blooms of the White Hollyhocks are blocked in with various shades of Lavender and Blue. This base provides the darker shadows that will allow the pure White highlights to POP. Then the broad leaves are painted around the masses of flowers helping to shape them.

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The centers of the Hollyhocks are made with the same mixture of Magenta + Liquin used on the Nasturtiums. The last step on the Hollies will be to add stalks covered with seedpods and the bright highlights on the papery thin petals.

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And….. we just had to have a couple of Hummingbirds zipping in and out of the Penstemon in the foreground. If you’d like to see this or any of the other pictures larger just click on the image.

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Listen closely, can you hear the hum of their wings?

SK11313 Spirit of the Southwest 32x38Spirit of the Southwest       32″ x 38″     Original Oil Painting

We’re supposed to have a cold front come through our area tonight. Jack and I think we’ll just cozy up to that warm fire and enjoy the courtyard filled with the Spirit of the Southwest! The painting is off to its new home tomorrow, we can’t wait for Bill and Sarah to see it in person. Thank you for following along. I really appreciate all of your kind comments. And please, always feel free to ask any questions you may have. Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

5 Responses to “Spirit of the Southwest”

  1. Christopher Newell Says:

    Huggle-Cuddle up stay warm…

  2. AniK Says:

    Another cheery painting from the sweet Mikki! I love the gourd and the fireplace! oh and the humming birds too.

  3. Lukisan Moses Says:

    Great! Love your color choice.

  4. التقنية Says:

    Howdy would you mind letting me know which webhost you’re using?
    I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different browsers and I must say this blog loads a
    lot quicker then most. Can you recommend a good web hosting provider at a honest price?
    Thanks, I appreciate it!

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      I use Mozilla FireFox for my web browser. My blog is on WordPress.com which is FREE!!!! And I would recommend GoDaddy.com to host your website. That’s who Jack and I use for our Websites.
      Thanks for following along, Mikki

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