Carpe Diem

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“Seize the Day!” What about seize the Day Lilies? For those of you who haven’t been following along we painted the long, thin leaves of the Day Lilies in a previous session. This is a departure from my usual sequence of Flowers First, Leaves Last. Since the bright blooms dance above the foliage I’ve gone ahead and blocked in the green first. Now the thick paint of the blossoms is gently “Laid” over the background. Mixes of Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Orange and Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Yellow Medium are used.

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I delineate the deep centers of the Day Lilies with a small brush dipped in a thin mix of Magenta + Liquin.

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Several of you have asked to see my palette as I paint. I save dabs of my colors on the left side. They stay usable for about 3 days, long enough to retrieve some if I need to go back and touch up any areas on the painting. The regular colors of our Double Primary Mixing System are along the top edge of the glass palette. The mixes for the fountain are on the right, next to my brushes. These are various combinations of Viridian Green + Cadmium Orange + White. MUD is added to make the darker mixes. If you’d like to know more about our Mixing System CLICK HERE.

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The water in the lower basin of the fountain reflects on to the bowl above. A thin sliver of Ultramarine Blue + White along the bottom edge gives the impression of the reflection. It also serves to make the bowl appear round. You can enlarge any of the pictures by clicking on the image.

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The “Pineapple” top of the fountain is now rendered. My wrist is braced against the Mahl Stick, steadying my hand while painting the details. What’s a Mahl Stick? You can find out by CLICKING HERE.

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I’m making a slight change from the original sketch by growing a leafy water plant in the fountain. It gives Baby, the kitty, something to nestle under.

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Rusty Red-Orange Daisies surround the fountain. They are blocked in with mixes of Magenta + White and Magenta + Cadmium Red Light.

SJ8914 Step 48Yellow centers are added and pure Cadmium Red Light accentuates the petals of the Daisies. Tomorrow we’ll concentrate on Phil and Denise’s “Fur Babies”. Have a great day today and make the most of every single moment. Remember; yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift from God, that’s why it’s called the Present! CARPE DIEM!

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

3 Responses to “Carpe Diem”

  1. Christopher Says:

    Mikki, you mentioned the oils are good for 3 days…I can make mine last for up to two weeks if need be. I just put a drop of linseed oil on each dab a cover all with saran wrap if I have to leave for a time. Love this one.
    Hugs to Jack-Chris

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Christopher,
      You method works well and we’ve definitely used it. These are mainly little dabs of color that I’ll scrape off the palette when I’m finished with the piece. Another way to preserve oil paint for a week or two is to press a glob against the inside of a paper cup with your painting knife. Then fill the cup with water, making sure the paint is covered. Then you can put the cup in the “fridge”. Jack said HI back. Hugs, Mikki

  2. philcullendeecullen Says:

    Amazing!!! Can’t wait to have it hanging in our home!! Love you, Meikki!! Great, great work.

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