Planting the Flowers



Let’s plant our Sunflowers first. The mixes are #1. Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Lemon + White. #2. Cadmium Yellow Medium. #3. Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson). #4. Mix #3 + Alizarin Crimson. #5. Two shade of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium. #6. A couple of mixes in different proportions of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White.

VIDEO! Part 1 of painting the Sunflowers, blocking in the flowers to begin and doing the leaves last. I apologize, you’ll have to turn your computer sideways to view this. I thought I was being so brilliant by turning my camera so I could get a closer view. I don’t know how to rotate the video, OPPS! I’m not very computer savvy, I’m doing good to get videos posted.

VIDEO! This is still sideways……I promise not to do this again 🙂 The dark centers in the Sunflowers are made with MUD + Liquin. Then the petals illuminated by the sun are highlighted with mixes #1 and #2. At the very end I let a few petals float to the floor.


Delicate Pansies fill the container at the base of the Sunflowers. The shadows of the White flowers are blocked in with mixes of Ultramarine Blue + White, Dioxazine Purple + White and Pthalo Blue + White. Then the foliage is painted around the white masses with some of the mixes left over from the Sunflower leaves.


I love Pansies, the little faces in them are so delightful. Dioxazine Purple + Liquin is used for these. After adding pure White highlights on those flowers touched by sunlight the Purples are gently painted wet into wet on the blossoms.


A lot of my leftover greens are used for the Prickly Pear Cactus. I’ve mixed a bit of Cadmium Orange into all of them to make a more muted green. Brushstrokes of Magenta are made on some of the pads to give color variations and add interest.


A few spiky thorns are highlighted here and there. I don’t try to delineate all of them, just enough to give the impression of sticklers. You may click on the image to see this better.


The containers are mixes of Viridan Green + a little Pthalo Blue + White. The heart shaped shadows of the Sweet Potato Vine are fun to make. One of the reasons I like to use the vine so much is the heart-like leaves bring a subliminal touch of romance to the painting. And our collectors just celebrated their 35th Anniversary!


The Geraniums are blocked in Flowers First (#1), Leaves Last (#2). This is so my flower color will stay nice and bright. If I painted the green to begin and came back over it with red, my brush would pick up the underlying leaf color and muddy the blossoms.


Highlights of Cadmium Red Light are “Laid” on top of the wet paint underneath. This gives the Geranium flowers lots of texture and keeps their color clean.

sk3116-refreshing-splendor-30x36Refreshing Splendor    30 inches tall by 36 inches wide

Sweet Potato Vines cascade out from under the Geraniums and we are done! Our collectors will be able to enjoy the Refreshing Splendor of Bluebonnets, Bougainvillea and their garden terrace every season of the year, rain or shine! It’s been fun having you follow along. I appreciate all of your wonderful comments and morale support. BIG HUGS,

7 Responses to “Planting the Flowers”

  1. joannecali Says:

    so beautiful

  2. Deb Haney Says:

    Oh, Mikki!!!!! It is gorgeous and I LOVE the name….”Refreshing Splendor”!!!! Thank you SO MUCH! The heart shaped Sweet Potato Vine leaves are such a special touch!!!! We will truly treasure what you have created for us!!!
    Many hugs and blessings!!!!!
    Deb =)))))

  3. Patricia Ann Ingram Says:

    You are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with me. May God Bless.

  4. Angelica Says:

    I just love this! It felt like we were planting flowers right along with you Mikki. Girl…you are just full of talent and magic as your pots of flowers come to life! Your collector has a beautiful painting that will bring them joy and a smile every time they look at it.

  5. lizmcqueensart Says:

    Lovely. I love the way you actually make the flowers look like pansies, geraniums etc. Can learn a lot from you.



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