Crimson Profusion

We’re traveling to Provence and the Cote d’Azur today. I love the fields of Poppies found in Southern France and thought it would be fun to paint some for my annual Collector Event. The first step after sketching my basic plan on the canvas is to paint the sky and distant ocean.

VIDEO! Now the sky and water are covered the distant horizon line has to be softened. I make a zigzag along the length of the hard line where the ocean abuts the sky. Then, with a clean brush, I drag along the zigzag. Presto, a soft horizon line that falls into the background. This follows a simple rule to helps to give the appearance of depth in a painting: Hard, sharp edges come forward, Soft edges go back.

SH4015 Crimson Profusion step 1

Wouldn’t you love to live in this villa overlooking the azure water off the coast of France? The warmth of the terra cotta tile roof jumps forward of the blue ocean behind. This is a great example of Warm colors come forward, Cool colors recede.

SH4015 Crimson Profusion step 2

As gardeners we have to plan our landscaping color schemes around the flowering times of plants. BUT….the joy of being an artist is we can make flowers bloom whenever we’d like. Lavender usually flowers in July and August, about 2 months after Poppies. However; I can make them all bloom at the same time in my painting. The Dioxazine Purple makes a nice backdrop for the Crimson Poppies.

SH4015 Crimson Profusion step 3

The Poppy field is painted in my usual sequence of Flowers First, Leaves Last. To see this or any of the other images larger just click on the picture.

SH4015 Crimson Profusion step 4

After the flowers are blocked in and the foliage painted I add the large dark centers in the individual Poppies.

SH4015 Crimson Profusion 14x24Crimson Profusion    14 inches tall x 24 inches wide

Cadmium Red Light highlights finish out the Crimson Profusion of Poppies. If you’re in Santa Fe next weekend hope you’ll stop in for my annual Collector Event held by the Santa Fe Art Collector at 217 Galisteo. Just give the gallery a call at 505.988.5545 for more details.

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2 Responses to “Crimson Profusion”

  1. Fatima Says:

    Hello Mikki ..Crimson Profusion is so bright..what are the colours you used to paint the poppies and the foliage?

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Thank you Fatima, The poppies are Cadmium Red Deep + Alizarin Crimson and Cadmium Red Deep in the darker parts, Cadmium Red Light is used for the highlights. The foliage is various combinations of Ultramarine Blue + Lemon Yellow. Have FUN Painting! Mikki

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