Painting Bluebonnets


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Well, I meant to get this posted last night but it takes a little longer to do my blog with the videos. However, I think it is worth the extra time involved. So let’s get with it! Today we’re painting our Texas State Flower, Bluebonnets. My paint is mixed and ready to go. #1. Ultramarine Blue + a touch of Dioxazine Purple + White. #2 and #3. Different proportions of Ultramarine Blue + White. #4 and #5. Two shades of Cobalt Blue + White. These mixes will be used for the Bluebonnets in the foreground, it’s more intense than the Ultramarine Blue mixtures and will advance. Here is another one of those simple rules that help to give the appearance of depth in a painting: Intense Colors Come Forward, Duller Colors Go Back. The recipes for the leaves are #6. Different mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. #7. A light and dark shade of Pthalo Blue + White.

The Bluebonnets are painted Flowers First, Leaves Last.

Now grass and foliage is blocked in.

White and pink wildflowers in the distance are added. The White flowers are really a soft blue made of White + Ultramarine Blue while the pink Primroses are Magenta + White.


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The greens of the leaves and stems are worked around the blossoms, helping to shape them.

The final step on the Bluebonnets, adding the little white “caps” on top of the blossoms. Those in the distance are made with White + a touch of Ultramarine Blue. This makes the White a little cooler so it recedes. Those in the foreground are Pure White.

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TA DA! The Bluebonnets are finished and I’ve blocked in a few of the rocks lining the little brook. Thanks for following along today, I really appreciate you 🙂 Hugs,

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7 Responses to “Painting Bluebonnets”

  1. Marie Says:

    Please remove me from your list.

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Marie,
      I can’t remove you from the email list, you have to do that yourself. Go to and scroll to the top of the page. Look on the right side, you’ll see a heading EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS. Put in your email address, then you can Unsubscribe from the email list. Thank you for your time following my blog. Have a great evening. Mikki

  2. Leada Says:

    Thank you for your generosity in sharing these videos. You are an amazing painter and teacher!

  3. Elida Cammer Says:

    I LOVE all your paintings!!!
    How can I buy your videos ?
    Thank you so much and have a great week!
    Elida Cammer from south Florida

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Elida,
      My videos are FREE. They are all on my blog. I just recently started adding the videos but I’ve been posting my step by step art tutorials since 2010. You can go back through the archives to read them. Please feel free to ask questions, Mikki

  4. Johnnie Griffin Says:

    Great lesson on the bluebonnets. I really appreciate this.

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