Celebration of Love

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The cheery California Poppies are painted in my usual sequence of Flowers First, Leaves Last. #1. The red orange blossoms are mixes of Cadmium Red Light + Cadmium Orange, Pure Cadmium Orange and Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Yellow Medium. #2. Leaves are painted around the masses of red-orange, helping to give shape to the blossoms.

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Highlights on the leaves, centers and buds complete the California Poppies. Now for the yellow Daisies dancing in the breeze. Please remember as you read my blog, you may click on any of the pictures to see them larger.

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After painting the flowers with combinations of Cadmium Yellow Medium + a little MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson), Cadmium Yellow Medium and Cadmium Yellow Medium + Lemon Yellow the leaves are blocked in. The foliage is made of mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Orange + White. A few brushstrokes of Pthalo Blue + White are made here and there to bring extra coolness to the leaves.

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The dark centers of the Black Eyed Susan Daisies are painted with a deep brown made of MUD + a touch of Cadmium Orange. Next we’ll plant the Nasturtiums in the front. It’s neat how you can make the distinctive round leaves with a twist of a medium Bright (square) brush. Would you like to know more about the brushes I use? Just CLICK HERE.

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Donita loves Purple so I just had to add some Purply-Red Petunias in the foreground. The rich, jewel tone colors are mixes in various combinations of Dioxazine Purple + Magenta + White.

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Our special anniversary piece is ready for the surprise presentation! It is so much fun to be part of the planning and anticipation. And I think Jack came up with a wonderful name, “Celebration of Love”. What do you think? HUGS,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG


9 Responses to “Celebration of Love”

  1. bonita austin Says:


  2. Pat Says:

    Your art work is so beautiful, do you have full step by step tutorials that can be bought online? Thank you. Pat

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Thank you Pat,
      My blog is the only place I have the step by step tutorials. They are FREE so all artists around the world can learn from them. Please remember as you read my blogs, ALWAYS feel free to ask questions. One of the main reasons I do the blog is to help artists. I really appreciate your nice words, Mikki

  3. James Garcia Says:

    Mikki, I think the painting is perfect. And Jack had the perfect name. This will truly is a celebration of our love! Thank you, Mikki, for adding all the special touches. The 20, our initials in the chair, Donita’s favorite color purple. And, the inclusion of nasturtiums. We didn’t even discuss them but we fell in love with those flowers when we were visiting her brother in Portland. They were growing a winery we visited. In addition to your talent as a painter, who knew you were also a mind reader!?

    I want to thank you for creating this gorgeous painting. And please thank Jack for giving it the perfect name. This truly will be our Celebration of Love.

    We love you both.

    James Garcia

  4. Ed Mac Says:

    Awesome job as usual, Mikki!

  5. lizmcqueensart Says:

    I am delighted to see your colourful art. Those red doors are quite beautiful. Thank you for being so gracious in sharing. But then I know you both just are like that. Precious people.

  6. Katrine Grindeland Says:

    such a beautiful piece! But how do you attach your canvas to the cardboard?

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