Refuge of Tranquility

SD1116 Refuge of Tranquility Step 48

The Sunflowers are started following the same sequence as the other flowers. The cheery blossoms are blocked in first with mixtures of Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Orange + MUD and Cadmium Yellow Medium. A large Bright (Square) brush is used to “smoosh” the colors together on the canvas.

SD1116 Refuge of Tranquility Step 49

After the warm green leaves are painted I go back in and make the large dark centers in the blossoms. Isn’t it amazing how the yellow blogs immediately look like Sunflowers!

SD1116 Refuge of Tranquility Step 50

The petals are added to finish out the Sunflowers. A mix of Cadmium Yellow Medium + Lemon Yellow is used to highlight those blooms that catch the sunlight.

SD1116 Refuge of Tranquility Step 51

My signature, made with Cadmium Red Light, stands out on the deep green of the leaves. You can see how the Sunflowers continue around the side of the canvas. If you would like to enlarge the image just click on the picture.

VIDEO! Painting the feisty little Rooster that lives in the courtyard.

VIDEO! Part Two of working on the Rooster. Notice how I brace the fingers of my left hand against the unpainted portion of the agave. Bracing my right wrist against the left steadies my hand as I delineate the details on the spirited little fella.

SD1116 Refuge of Tranquility Step 52

Deep purple Lavender fills the foreground planter at the base of the Agave. The rich color of the spiky flowers is made with different combinations of Dioxazine Purple + Magenta + White.

2013-6-1 Cactus garden end of drive 1

I love Agave. The great grandparents of these are in Carefree, Arizona where we lived several years ago. We’ve planted offspring from those at every home we’ve lived in since. These at our previous home in the Texas Hill Country make wonderful models for our painting today.

SD1116 Refuge of Tranquility Step 53

The soft gray-greens are made from several combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + MUD + White.

2016-2-17 African Daisies

Cherry Frost African Daisies are in the courtyard at our current home. I decided to plant some in the large blue ceramic container in John and Linda’s painting.

SD1116 Refuge of Tranquility Step 54

The blossoms are blocked in with mixtures of Cadmium Red Light + Permanent Rose, Cadmium Red Light + White, Permanent Rose + Cadmium Red Light + White.

SD1116 Refuge of Tranquility 42x34Refuge of Tranquility              42 inches tall x 34 inches wide

Soft green leaves accentuate the fiery African Daisies. We’re finished! Our colorful Rooster happily parades around his Refuge of Tranquility. I just hope he doesn’t wake John and Linda with his joyful crows in the morning! Thank you so much for following along! BIG HUGS,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG


2 Responses to “Refuge of Tranquility”

  1. Fay Graeff Says:

    Please, for what does MUD stand?

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