Hey, Looka at Me!


What would a Santa Fe alley be without a strand of chili peppers? The initial wash in is totally dry, now I come back and paint the rista with thick brushstrokes. Mixes of Alizarin Crimson + White are used to delineate the individual peppers.


Geraniums fill the containers on top of the wall by Looka. They’ve been blocked in with my usual sequence of FLOWERS FIRST, LEAVES LAST. Then the petals illuminated by the sun are highlighted with a combination of Cadmium Red Light + White.


Mr. Chippers decided to drop in for a visit. Can’t you just hear his cheerful chip, chip, chip? Bet in Cardinal talk he’s saying HI to Looka. He reminds me of the Lone Ranger with his black mask! If you’d like to enlarge the image just click on the picture.


Magenta Hollyhocks extend around the corner of the canvas. The flowers are made of various mixes of Magenta + White while the foliage is combinations of Ultramarine Blue + Lemon Yellow.


After planting pink Petunias in the container by the door I begin on the Sunflowers. Mixes of Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) and pure Cadmium Yellow Medium are used to block in the large blossoms. A little Cadmium Yellow Medium is mixed into the greens that remain from the Hollyhocks. The leaf color is worked around the masses of yellow, helping to shape the blooms.


Adding the dark centers with a mixture of MUD + Liquin makes the Sunflowers immediately identifiable!


A clump of Day Lilies springs up in the corner and PRESTO! That cute little pup, surrounded by all of the beautiful flowers just seems to be calling out, “Hey Looka at me! I’m the prettiest of ALL!” Thank you for following along and also for your wonderful comments. I appreciate every one of them. HUGS, 

One Response to “Hey, Looka at Me!”

  1. Shirley Says:

    Looka’s shadow certainly helps give him a very dimensional appearance. I wondered how you were going to handle that umbrella shape–very cleaver how you kept it blended into the background. Lovely painting!

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