Texas Wildflowers


I love our Texas spring and the abundance of wildflowers found in the Hill Country. It looks as if God has sprinkled the landscape in Easter egg colors. Jack and I took this picture of a field of Drummond Phlox a few years ago, just around the corner from our home.

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So let’s paint some Phlox. #1. The foliage mixes are various combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. #2. Permanent Rose + White will be for the blossoms.

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I follow my usual sequence to block in the Phlox, Flowers First, Leaves Last.

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The foliage is worked around the blossoms. By using this sequence the flower color remains crisp and clean. If I were to paint the leaves first and then the flowers my brush would pick up the green and muddy the pink.

VIDEO! Next I add the White Prickly Poppies to our grouping of wildflowers in the foreground.

This was also taken near our home. If you’ve never experienced spring in Texas you’ve really missed an awesome display. Indian Paintbrush and Bluebonnets are staples in our cornucopia of Texas wildflowers.

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Let’s plant some! The blossoms of the Indian Paintbrush are made of Permanent Rose + Cadmium Red Light + White.

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Several shades of Cobalt Blue + White are used for the Bluebonnets, our Texas state flower.

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After painting the yellow Coreopsis I add some more bluebonnets behind the horse. The green above his back was jumping forward, now the blue drops into the background. AND…..we’re done! Listen carefully, can’t you just hear the music of the Cool, Cool Water cascading over the falls? I definitely think the horse is enjoying it! I’d like to thank all of you for your wonderful comments. This has been a fun piece to do! Big Hugs,

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7 Responses to “Texas Wildflowers”

  1. Margaret Says:

    I’ve been looking forward to seeing this one finished. Beautiful, I love it!

  2. Ray Dane Says:

    This is an amazing painting, just beautiful.

  3. Mandy Says:

    Hi Mikki, I enjoyed following the instructions and progress of your painting very much, thank you for sharing your incredible artistic talent! The Painting is so beautiful, beyond words to describe it! Keep well and lots of hugs!

  4. Janet Zeh Says:

    This is fabulous! I loved watching you as you painted it.

  5. Connie O Says:

    Thank you for sharing, loved to see your horse painting in this one. Can easily tell you like to indulge in painting a horse now and then with the lovely landscapes šŸ™‚ As always viewing and studying your paintings are a delight and very inspiring for me as an artist. šŸ™‚

  6. Financier Says:

    Hi Mikki, can you tell me what the most popular sizes are for art work in the painting world. I believe it is different in the photography world.



    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Jerrold,
      Actually we’ve found that it’s the price points that matter the most. I try to have small paintings, under $500, in the galleries for impulse buys. We price them at $490, sounds a lot less expensive than $500. Then we have a $990 size. We go up from there to $1,490, $1,990, $2,990, $3,990 ……
      I suggest using standard sizes: 8×10, 11×14, 16×20, 18×24, 24×30, 24×36. This way your collectors won’t have the expense of custom framing. How are your embellishing experiments going?

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