Make A Wish


Now for that little fella snoozing away on the sun warmed step. For the browns in his tiger coat I’ve used paint left over from the beams on the old well. His dark stripes are delineated with a brush dipped in a mix of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. 


Geraniums! All three steps of my Flowers First, Leaves Last painting process are shown here. Flowers are first blocked in with masses of Cadmium Red Deep and Cadmium Red Medium in the container to the left of my brush. I’m working on the second step, adding green leaves made of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow. The Geraniums in the hanging basket are complete with flowers highlighted in Cadmium Red Light, light green stems and flower buds. To see this image larger just click on the picture.


Salvia grows around the stone base of the well. The spiky flowers are Magenta + Dioxazine Purple + White while the foliage is made with combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White.


Rose of Sharon resides happily by the Salvia. The flowers are very similar to those of the Hollyhock, it just doesn’t have the tall stalks covered with seed pods. Originally I’d planned to plant Hollies here but realized those distinctive stalks would cover over the heart shaped leaves of the vine draping from the roof of the well.


We’ll let some Coreopsis grow in the container by our kitty and the watering can. The flowers are blocked in with mixtures of Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD, Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD and pure Cadmium Yellow Medium.

sb1217-make-a-wish-20x24Make a Wish     20″ tall x 24″ wide

Now all that’s left to do is for you to step up to the well, pitch in a coin and Make a Wish! As soon as it’s dry enough this piece will be off to our gallery, the Santa Fe Art Collector in New Mexico. Thank you for following my blog. Hope you’ll come watch my next painting, it’s a bit different from my usual flowers and architectural pieces. BIG HUGS,


One Response to “Make A Wish”

  1. Says:

    It’s beautiful Mikki! A charmer! So happy your house wasn’t hit by tornado. I was in Denver for a few days to see my sister Shirley and came back for the auction. Hope you have a peaceful night. That storm really charged up Molly and Sissie. Love,Phyllis

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