Gardening Today!


Geraniums are some of my favorites. And surprisingly they do very well in Arizona! We lived in Carefree, a small village just north of Scottsdale and ours flourished in the summer heat. We had them on the back patio where they got morning sun and they were quite happy. We even had a quail lay her eggs and raise a family in one of the large geranium containers. Anyway, back to work. Painting these lovely plants I block in the flowers first in shades of Cadmium Red Deep and Cadmium Red Deep + Cadmium Red Light. Leaves are then painted with mixes of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow.


After adding stems and buds the flowers are highlighted with Cadmium Red Light + a bit of White. You may click on the picture to see it larger.


Geraniums…..DONE. Let’s move on to the African Daisies. The bright blossoms are various combinations of Cadmium Red Light + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Light + Cadmium Orange and pure Cadmium Orange. One of my readers asked about using Cadmium Orange Hue. I’ve tried it but prefer the real Cadmium Orange. Even though it is more expensive the color is richer and more intense. Cadmium Orange Hue tends to go to the pink tones when mixed with White.


The soft foliage is made of several mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White.


The centers of the African Daises are done in three steps. #1. A dark center is indicated with MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. #2. A dot of yellow is painted over the wet center, leaving a tiny rim of the dark. #3. Then a smaller dot of the MUD is put on top of the yellow, letting an edging of the lighter color remain.


The shadows of the white Hollyhock flowers are blocked in with various shades of White + Dioxazine Purple, White + Ultramarine Blue, White + Pthalo Blue and White + Pthalo Blue + a tiny bit of Lemon Yellow. Using some of the adobe color that was saved I paint the wall where it can be seen through the flowers.


Then I come back and paint the leaves around the masses of white, using the greens to help shape the large blossoms.


The crepe papery flowers have been highlighted with Pure White, now the distinctive stalks with their seed pods are added.


Cheery Sunflowers fill the lower right corner of the courtyard garden. They are blocked in with my usual sequence of Flowers First, Leaves Last.


The large dark centers are also made with MUD + Liquin.


Jack loved Kermit, the frog. He’d frequently use the cute little fella’s line, “Movin’ right along.” Which is exactly what we’re doing. Just have the kitties left to do, I’ll work on them in our next session. Hope you’ll come watch! HUGS,

3 Responses to “Gardening Today!”

  1. Angelica Says:

    What an amazing garden of flowers! I love every detail and brushstroke of this painting. Thank you Mikki.

  2. pierceclark Says:

    Just gorgeous!!!! Truly, I do believe, your paintings have become more intense. And, I LOVE it!!!

    Donna Pierce Clark Fine Art NEWSLETTER WEBSITE

    FROM GLORY TO GLORY (2 Corinthians 3:18)

  3. Darrell Says:

    So proud of you!!

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