The Wandering Wisteria


Our color recipes for the Wisteria are #1. Three mixes in different proportions of Ultramarine Blue + Dioxazine Purple + White. #2. Two shades of White + Dioxazine Purple. #3. Pthalo Blue + Liquin. #4. Three mixtures of Viridian Green + Cadmium Yellow Medium.


Even with my easel cranked down to the lowest level I still have to stand on a step stool to paint the top edge of the gallery wrapped canvas. The 20″ x 24″ painting is attached to a sheet of double ply cardboard. To see how this is done, CLICK HERE. Molly, my supervisor, is asleep on the job over on the taboret. If you’d like to enlarge the picture just click on the image.


We’re going to let the Wisteria wander all across the top of the painting. The purple blooms are blocked in first with mixes #1 and #2. Then I come back and paint the leaves around the masses of purple, using the greens to shape the long, dangling flowers. Mixture #3 is worked in, here and there, to bring depth and coolness to the foliage.


Individual flower petals are now delineated using a #4 Bright (square) brush. You can see how the painted image extends over, on to the side of the gallery wrap canvas.


I want the stone surrounds to appear old and weathered. As I’m painting the red door irregular indentations are made at the junctions of the large blocks to give them an aged look.


The sunlit portion of the door is painted with pure Cadmium Red Light. It’s fun pulling the shadows of the Wisteria vine and blossoms into the wet paint. The red in the shadow is a mix of Cadmium Red Deep + Alizarin Crimson. The same mixture is used for the window. So….that’s all for today, hope you’ll come visit again soon. HUGS,


One Response to “The Wandering Wisteria”

  1. sotxgrannie Says:

    For as much as I like what you are painting, I’m thrilled to see the image of you in action, Ms. Senkarik!

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