Pots Galore


Let’s get to that beautiful blue, ceramic container. My color recipes are: #1. Ultramarine Blue + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + a tiny bit of White. #2. Two shades of Ultramarine Blue + White. #3. A couple of mixes in different combinations of Ultramarine Blue + Cobalt Blue + White.

VIDEO! Working on the ceramic container. When painting over the edge of the gallery wrap canvas I have to go back over the sharp corner more than once to make sure it’s completely covered.


A mix of several different plants fill the tall container. We’ll plant the Petunias first. The blossoms are mixes of Magenta + a touch of Dioxazine Purple + White. Then leaves are added with combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium.


When I need a lacy plant to cascade out of a container Silver Pony Foot fits the bill perfectly. The tiny, hoof shaped leaves are mixtures of White + Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange. The corner of a small Bright (square) brush is used to shape the individual leaves.


Spiky blossoms of Lavender, made of Dioxazine Purple + White, are a nice contrast in shape to the Petunias and Silver Pony Foot.


Now for the tropical touch of the Philodendron!


I always seem to come home from the nursery with many more plants than I actually need! The Lavender, Petunias and Silver Pony Foot I had left over from the blue container are planted in the terra cotta ones on the window sill. Don’t you think they look nice with the shutters?


Geraniums! A bunch of them, all lined up in a row! After blocking in the flowers with mixes of Cadmium Red Deep + Magenta, Cadmium Red Deep and Cadmium Red Medium, the foliage is painted. A bright, crisp green is mixed from different combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Light.


Sweet Potato Vine is another of my “go to” draping plants. The heart shaped leaves bring a romantic flavor to the piece.


One of the distinctive characteristics that make Geraniums, well…… Geraniums, are the multiple flower buds. A small round brush is ideal to dot them in.


White African Daisies look so clean and crisp next to the Ultramarine/Cobalt Blue container. The shadows of the flowers are several combinations of White + Ultramarine Blue, White + Dioxazine Purple and White + Pthalo Blue. Pure White is reserved for those blossoms in the sunlight.

sj2816-pots-galore-20x24Pots Galore   20 inches tall by 24 inches wide

Centers and highlights complete the African Daisies. Pots Galore extend a pleasant greeting to all who visit! Thank you for following along. Jack and I have signed our correspondence with HUGS for many years. We both are huggers. The best explanation we ever found is that “A HUG is like a Boomerang – you get it back right away.” SO……BIG HUGS to y’all!

13 Responses to “Pots Galore”

  1. Martha Slater Says:

    I just love it! What a happy greeting at the door. Thank you for sharing your lessons.

  2. bonita austin Says:

    It’s beautiful!!!

  3. Paintbrush1984 Says:

    Just beautiful! I see that even though you have used the red geraniums at the back and the lavenders towards the front, the depth of the painting has not been disturbed – the red flowers look as if they are back of the painting and don”t seem to be jumping out.

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      That’s because I didn’t use any Cadmium Red Light in the Geraniums. By using the Cadmium Red Deep + Magenta for the deep reds and Cadmium Red Medium for the highlights the Geraniums stay back. You are very perceptive! Thank you for following my blog. Hugs, Mikki

  4. Angelica Says:

    This is another beautiful painting! Your blossoms are so full of color and life. No matter what time of year this is viewed it will bring those viewing a feeling of summer splendor. As I look at your paintings of flowers I wondered how many thousands of brush strokes it must take to complete just one painting? Thank you for sharing Mikki.

  5. Jeana Says:

    Love, love , LOVE the purple flowers!

  6. kryspettit Says:

    Hi Mikey — I find it interesting how you just apply dabs of color and do not blend. Coming from a watercolor background I tend to see things as being blended with a water medium. In my now ongoing studies of oil I tend to want to blend my colors. I am interested in doing more painting like you, were the colors are not blended but applied almost geometrically. Any tips — how to keep from blending and how to be brave enough to apply just color dabs like you?
    Much thanks for posting this — great to see such a talented person at work.

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Dear Krys, You just have to grab the brush, take a deep breath and slap the paint on the canvas. Why don’t you get a small canvas and just play with the paint? Don’t worry about how it turns out, just get used to working with oils. Sometimes I’ll pick up two or three colors at one time on my brush and then apply them to the canvas. It’s important to have fun experimenting. Do several small pieces. By not being concerned about producing a finished piece of art you’ll feel less stressed. HAPPY PAINTING, Mikki

  7. Patricia Ann Ingram Says:

    The video was FANTASTIC! It was like having you in the room explaining each stroke. WOW! I’m blown away! Thank you so much!! May God Bless.

  8. Alice Cox Says:

    What a delightful painting this is! I’m impressed with how you achieved a feeling of depth and joy. Thanks for the video, too!

  9. pierceclark Says:

    Hi Mikki,

    Pots Galore is just amazing! It pops more than any of your works! Wow! Are you on Facebook? You should post this one on Facebook!!

    Donna Pierce Clark Fine Art NEWSLETTER http://donnapierceclark.com/email-newsletter WEBSITE http://www.donnapierceclark.com
    FROM GLORY TO GLORY (2 Corinthians 3:18)

  10. Janet Zeh Says:

    And big hugs back to you, Mikki. This painting is SO beautiful – intimate and inviting.

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