A Kiss of Sunshine


OK, let’s do some planting. We’ll start with the Geraniums. The red blossoms are blocked in first with mixes of Cadmium Red Deep + Alizarin Crimson and Cadmium Red Deep. Then the leaves are painted around the masses of red with combinations of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow.

Silver Pony Foot Vine dangles out of the Geraniums. Next I begin work on the Salvia nestled at the base of the wrought iron plant holder. I’m working opposite of my usual sequence of Flowers First, Leaves Last. The delicate blooms of the Salvia are easier to paint after the foliage is blocked in. I use mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White for the leaves.


The thick paint of the lavender blooms is gently “Laid” on top of the underlying color. I have to be very careful not to pick up any of the leaf or wall color on my brush. I don’t want it to muddy the flowers made of Dioxazine Purple + White. I also wipe my brush after every stroke with toilet tissue. This insures my brush is clean; a clean brush makes for bright, crisp colors on the canvas.


Sunlight tip-toes down the tall Salvia blooms. Those blossoms in the sun are delineated with a very light mix of White + Dioxazine Purple.


All of the Petunias are blocked in with mixtures of Dioxazine Purple + Magenta + White and Magenta + White. The leaves are mixes of Ultramarine Blue + Lemon Yellow + a touch of Cadmium Yellow Medium.


The deep centers of the Petunias are painted with a mix of Magenta + a tiny bit of Liquin. To see this better you may click on the image to enlarge the picture.


Hollyhocks are favorites of mine. The shadows of the large flowers are made with combinations of White + Ultramarine Blue, White + Pthalo Blue, White + Dioxazine Purple and White + Pthalo Blue + a touch of Lemon Yellow. I just let the colors kind of smoosh together as I work.


The broad leaves are made of mixes of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. I use my large Bright (square) brush to work the greens around the masses of lavenders and blues, helping to shape the flowers.


After the centers of the Hollyhock flowers are made I come back with pure White to highlight those blossoms in the sunshine.


Red Orange Irises dance in the gentle breeze whispering though the courtyard.

sk3216-a-kiss-of-sunshine-24x30A Kiss of Sunshine       24 inches by 30 inches

Our little Provence cottage and garden are brightened by A Kiss of Sunshine. After the piece has dried a few days I’ll spray it with a thin coat of Grumbacher Retouch Varnish and the painting will be ready to ship to our gallery in Sedona. Thank you for following along. Hugs,

10 Responses to “A Kiss of Sunshine”

  1. mysoreraja Says:

    It really is sunshine !!!. Loved fh steps in completion of the painting. Nikki thanks for posting these.

  2. Deb Haney Says:

    You are not only an amazing artist, but a master author at telling the story to go along with your steps in painting! You are so creative in every way!!!! What a true treasure you are! The Sedona gallery will be so lucky to receive this piece!!!
    So many hugs!!!

  3. Angelica Says:

    Ah…Mikki, this is just stunning! What an awesome lesson on so many different flowers. I can not see this being on the gallery wall for very long!!!

    Sending hugs your way,
    Angelica and William

  4. Texas Says:

    Your artwork is so beautiful! You have so much talent!

  5. Alice Cox Says:

    Mikki, this is a very appealing painting! I think it will sell quickly and other people will want a similar painting. Now, a question: did you or Jack ever try painting with water soluble oils? Thank you for your help. God’s blessings to you!

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Alice,
      Jack and I have never painted with the water soluble oils. But several artists we know use and love them. They are especially great for those artists who have allergies to regular oil paints. Wish I knew more about them, but I’ve gotten good reports. Thank you for following my blog. HAPPY PAINTING, Mikki

  6. Stanley Cohen Says:

    Hello Mikki,
    Following your “Kiss of Sunshine”, which is outstanding, of course, for the Salvia leaves you write that you use I mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. Should that be Cadmum Yellow? If aso is it |C|admium yellow Medium? All the best Mikki

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Stanley, good question. Yes that is Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. This makes a warm green, more muted than Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White would make. You can make it warmer by adding more Cadmium Orange or cooler by adding more Pthalo Blue. Hope this helps and HAPPY PAINTING! Mikki

  7. Stanley Cohen Says:

    Hi Mikki,
    Thank you so much for your response. No matter in what proportions or how carefully I try the mix I get an adobe, a brown, a dark brown mud color or grey. Maybe the grey has a slight hint of green but I have a good imagination. Can you suggest any help?
    thank you

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Stanley, sometimes different brands of paint mix differently. I would just go with Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium. You can add white to make it lighter. I appreciate your persistence and hope this helps, Mikki

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