Morning Glories and Poker Plant


I begin by painting the distant trees and courtyard though the arched opening. A Magenta Morning Glory spills over the wall. Mixes of Magenta + Dioxazine Purple + White and Magenta + White are used for the blossoms which are blocked in first. The foliage is then painted with several combinations of Viridian Green + Cadmium Yellow Medium.


Poker plant nestles at the base of the wall. The cone shaped blooms are shaped with the corner of a medium Bright (square) brush. If you would like to know more about the brushes I use CLICK HERE. Please remember as you read through my blog, you can click on any of the pictures to see them larger.


The paver floor is now “Laid”. I’ve covered the entire area with cooler mixtures of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. Brushstrokes of Ultramarine Blue + White are made here and there to bring additional coolness to the tiles. I want this floor to be cooler than the one in the foreground so it will fall back. Then perspective lines are drawn into the wet paint with a fine liner brush.


Mixtures of Viridian Green + MUD + White are used for the fountain. Paint from the floor is used for the terra cotta tiles topping the base of the fountain. 


Jack always loved my “Through the door” paintings at this stage. It’s fun to see the completed background with the rest of the painting just sketched in. So this picture is especially for Jack.


My adobe mixes are combinations of Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + MUD + White. Notice the back part of the wall I’m working on is made more blue, or cooler. The portion closer to the front, where my brush is, warmer. This follows the simple rule to give the appearance of depth in a painting: Cool Colors Go Back, Warm Colors Come Forward.


The red gates POP against all the cool colors in the background. The shadow areas are Cadmium Red Deep + Alizarin Crimson. The sunlit part is pure Cadmium Red Light.


I think these wrought iron hinges are so cool, they add a Spanish touch to the piece. We took reference photos of these in Carmel by the Sea many years ago.


Iron rings complete the gate hardware. Thank you for following along today, I’ve enjoyed your company. Hope you’ll come back soon. HUGS,

3 Responses to “Morning Glories and Poker Plant”

  1. kirby jonas Says:

    I have so enjoyed watching your wonderful art unfold as if before my eyes, Mikki. I sure would like to bring my sweetie down to meet you some day.

    Kirby Jonas

  2. pierceclark Says:


    I swear your colors are more vibrant than EVER!!! Jack’s pushing your brush!!

    Donna Pierce Clark Fine Art NEWSLETTER WEBSITE

    FROM GLORY TO GLORY (2 Corinthians 3:18)

  3. Peggy and Leon Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving. Our love.

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