Hands Across Taos

SD3814 Hands Across Taos Step 7

The Turquoise Container adds a nice contrast to the white door and orange Trumpet Vine. Next the cobblestone floor is blocked in with various mixes of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + White. The portion at the back is made bluer, or cooler, so it will recede. This follows a simple rule that helps give depth in a painting: Cool Colors go Back, Warm Colors come Forward.

SD3814 Hands Across Taos Step 8

The crevices between the individual stones are indicated with a small Bright brush. I don’t want to outline each and every rock, but just give the impression of cobblestones.

SD3814 Hands Across Taos Step 9

Let’s plant some Geraniums in the Turquoise Pot! After the flowers and leaves are blocked in I come back and begin adding the details of the petals.

SD3814 Hands Across Taos Step 10

The Hollyhocks are also painted in my usual sequence of Flowers First, Leaves Last. The bright blossoms are made with combinations of Permanent Rose + White.

SD3814 Hands Across Taos 14x11

Hands Across Taos      14″ x 11″    Original Oil Painting

The greens of the leaves are painted around the pinks, helping to shape the large flowers. Tall stalks filled with seed pods are added and the piece is signed. We’re done! Please remember, if you have any questions feel free to ask. Have a wonderful day. Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

3 Responses to “Hands Across Taos”

  1. Phil Says:

    Very vibrant. nice.

  2. Vrushali Says:

    Hi Mikki,

    Your step-by-step instructions and hints are very helpful for budding artists or hobbyists (like me!) I have read this sentence in a lot of your posts (…and then I paint in the green foliage helping to shape the leaves.) Do you already have an image of how the flowers will look and do you place the pink strokes accordingly? As in one that faces down, front, up, sideways etc. Or are the pink strokes put in randomly and then green is used to shape?

    Thanks dear.

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Vrushali,
      Great question. I do use reference for all of my flowers. With that said, I usually just “smoosh” the flower color randomly around in the areas I want the blossoms to be. Then, like you said, use the green to shape the flowers. Hope this helps and thank you so much for following my blog. HAPPY PAINTING, Mikki

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