Warm Breath of Color


Following my usual sequence of Flowers First, Leaves Last the Geraniums are blocked in. The red blossoms are mixes of Cadmium Red Deep + Alizarin Crimson and Cadmium Red Deep + Cadmium Red Light. The leaves are combinations in different proportions of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow.


Lacy Silver Pony Foot Vine drapes from the Geranium Container. Mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White are used for the delicate, hoof shaped leaves. Please remember as you read though my post, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.


Now for some of my favorites, the Sunflowers. The big blossoms are blocked in with Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) and Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD + Cadmium Orange. A mix of Cadmium Yellow Medium + Lemon Yellow is reserved to highlight the flowers illuminated by the sun.


The dark centers are made of MUD + Liquin. Why do we call MUD, MUD? Just CLICK HERE to find out.


Old watering cans have such character. Don’t you think the dents, rust and scratches make them all the more attractive?


African Daisies nestle at the foot of the gate on the right. The flowers are mixes of Cadmium Red Light + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Light + White and Alizarin Crimson + White. The grey-green foliage is painted with color left over from the Silver Pony Feet!


The dancing Daisies almost seem to come alive when the centers are added.


Hollyhocks keep the watering can and Sunflowers company. This picture shows how the painting extends over, on to the side of the gallery wrap canvas. The flowers of the white Hollies are blocked in with the shadow colors. Mixtures of White + Dioxazine Purple, White + Ultramarine Blue and White + Pthalo Blue are used. Then the foliage is made of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium. The greens are painted around the masses of white, giving shape to the crepe papery flowers.

sk3416-warm-breath-of-color-20x24Warm Breath of Color     20″ tall by 24″ wide

Pure White highlights those flowers touched by the sun. Deep magenta centers with yellow stamens and tall, pod laden stalks complete our Hollyhocks. This happy courtyard is going to our gallery in Santa Fe, ready to bring a Warm Breath of Color to a new collector’s home. BIG HUGS,


One Response to “Warm Breath of Color”

  1. Terri El Farkh Says:

    So warm and inviting. Love those red doors!!

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