Fresh Zinnias


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It’s so nice to be home and have Jack out of the hospital. He’s almost back to his regular way of Texas talking but still has to be careful eating and swallowing. To celebrate we picked up a couple of bunches of fresh Zinnias at our local farmer’s market. Frank, the vendor, said these are Dalhia Mix Zinnias. I’m going to save the seeds and see if I can get them to grow next spring! They’ll be so beautiful in our garden.

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I’m so glad to be on a somewhat regular schedule and at the easel again. Let’s see, where were we? Oh yes, planting Geraniums, some of my favorites. The mass of various shades of red is blocked in first, then the leaves are painted around the blossoms. Lots of Cadmium Red Light highlights are added to the ones in the foreground, this makes them JUMP forward from the distant containers of Geraniums.

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The same sequence, Flowers First – Leaves Last, is followed on the Hollyhocks. The blossoms are painted with mixes of Cadmium Orange and Permanent Rose.

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Using some of the wall color that I’d saved (fortunately) I come back in and paint between the tall stalks. And now for the surprise! I love Roosters so decided to add one with a little hen in front of the Hollies. Please remember, if you would like to see any of the images larger just click on the picture.

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Can’t you just hear the soft clucking as our happy chickens hunt and peck for goodies?

SG6314 A Lazy Day in Santa Fe  38x48Lazy Day in Santa Fe    38 inches by 48 inches   Original Oil Painting

Sunflowers and White Petunias complete Lazy Day in Santa Fe. Thanks for following along. God has really blessed us with so many friends. You have no idea how wonderful it was to receive all of your kind comments filled with hope and concern. We could feel your love and I’m convinced that was a big factor in Jack’s quick recovery. Here is a huge heartfelt MUCH OBLIGED from the both of us.

Mikki and Jack signature JPEG

9 Responses to “Fresh Zinnias”

  1. Adelaide Says:

    So nice to have you back on line. I will keep you and Jack in my prayers.
    Hugs and Blessings
    Adelaide from Ruidoso, NM

  2. Betty McLean Henderson Says:

    Love this painting. The zinnias are so colorful and you have such a green thumb that I am sure your garden will be an explosion of color next year. Glad Jack is doing better. You are both in our prayers.

  3. Jo Ann Morgan Says:

    Beautiful painting. I was glad to see your email and that Jack is doing better.

  4. Rizwana A.Mundewadi Says:

    This is great that Jack is fine, do take care dear, you have gone through tough times, and yes for once really, it seems so nice to see you back at the easel! luv your art, you make this all look so easy,
    Have a Great Day from Rizwana!

  5. Saartjie van den Bergh Says:

    Dear Mikki We are so glad that your hubby is OK again and back home. Blessings

    Saartjie van den Bergh

    082 324 9069

    “Soar like an eagle, higher and higher”

    Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2014 21:02:08 +0000 To:

  6. Betty Pieper Says:

    Thanks for the update on your hubby. Leaving with the extreme ups and downs medically of a son born with open spine 52 years ago I empathize…especially that somewhat recent UTI…which hospitalizes our Jeff at least twice a year. Hang tough, keep your faith, and get support from friends as you are doing.

  7. Jo Castillo Says:

    Great to see you painting again and almost back to normal. Hugs to you both. Take care.

  8. Mary Solomon Says:

    Glad he will be ok.I’ll keep you two in my prayers.

  9. nadenkap Says:

    Mikki! Wonderful painting!Thank You so much for your kind heart and for sharing step by step of your painting! The Best to you and Jack!

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