Just in Time for Christmas


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Today we’ll begin with the Sunflowers, my paint is all mixed. #1. Pthalo Blue + White. #2. Two shades of Ultramarine Blue + Lemon Yellow. #3. Three mixtures of Cadmium Yellow + Orange. The darkest mix has a little MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) added. #4. Cadmium Orange. #5 Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson.

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We bought a bouquet of Sunflowers at the farmer’s market last Sunday so I have fresh models! Don’t you think they look nice with our Christmas Amaryllis? Back on the canvas the mass of yellow for the cheery blossoms is blocked in.

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The large leaves are painted with the #2 mixes. A few brushstrokes of mix #1 are made in the foliage to add depth in the mass of leaves. The greens are carefully worked around the yellows, helping to shape the flowers. Then the large dark centers are added. Isn’t it amazing how they immediately look like Sunflowers.

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The last step on the Sunflowers is to highlight the petals illuminated by the sun. Next I move to the large container of Geraniums, blocking in the flowers first.

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Cadmium Red Light accents on the petals and buds finish out the containers of Geraniums on both sides of the steps. Following the same sequence of Flowers First, Leaves Last I begin the Hollyhocks. The mass of blossoms is made with various mixtures of Permanent Rose + White.

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The deep centers of the flowers are delineated with Magenta + Liquin.

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Another special color, Turquoise Blue, is pulled out for the Southwest style bench.

SL9714 Sanctuary of Serenity 36x48Sanctuary of Serenity    36 inches by 48 inches

We’re finished. Just in time for Christmas! Thanks for following along, I appreciate all of you. OH, and my gift from Jack? Watch for my blog tomorrow and find out! MERRY CHRISTMAS,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG


2 Responses to “Just in Time for Christmas”

  1. Israa Says:

    I really love what you do and how you paint, you are a total inspiration! Wish you the best!

  2. wafaa Says:

    Very beautiful Mikki. In this occasion I would like to wish you and Jack a happy Christmas and a happy new year filled with love , health, safety and more and more of these magnificent paintings that enter happiness to our hearts and our lives. Thank you Mikki , thank you Jack.

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