Celebrate Spring!

Petunias snuggle by the gate. The delicate blossoms are made of several shades of Magenta + White. Don’t forget, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

After masses of yellow and foliage are blocked in dark centers are added to the blossoms; our Sunflowers come to life!

Let’s make that fountain play some music! I pull strokes of White + a little Ultramarine Blue straight down with a #16 Bright (Square) brush. The paint of the fountain is dry, the brush is held lightly so it skips over the bumpy under painting, giving the impression of cascading water.

California Poppies are grown in a container that is near the Bluebonnets in the distant field. The Blue makes its complementary color, Orange, appear brighter. The flowers are roughed in with various mixes of Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Light and Cadmium Orange.

With the exception of a few I always paint flowering plants in the same sequence: Flowers First, Leaves Last. #1. The blossoms are first blocked in with Cadmium Red Deep and Cadmium Red Medium. #2. The leaves have been painted around the masses of red, helping to shape the flowers. For added interest in the container on the right, I let some Silver Pony Foot vine drape down.

Celebrate Spring   24″ x 30″

Celebrate Spring is ready to head to our gallery in Wimberley TX, Pitzer’s Fine Art. If you’re in the area please stop in and visit Rob. Make sure to go next door to his wife Lynda’s Ice Cream Shop. ART and ICE CREAM, doesn’t get better than that! The gallery is located at 13909 Ranch Road 12. It’s on the left before you get to the square as you come into Wimberly from San Marcos. Or phone at 512.722.6032!

It’s certainly time to celebrate Spring around our garden, Bluebonnets are in their full glory!

And the Peggy Martin Roses on our arbors are just about to burst out in full bloom! Thanks for all of your wonderful comments and for following my blog. BIG TEXAS HUGS, 


2 Responses to “Celebrate Spring!”

  1. Peggy and Leon Says:

    Mikki, you are so talented…landscaping, also!

  2. Ray Dane Says:

    Oh my goodness. Bluebonnets, wisteria and petunias all in one scene. Three of my favorites. Mikki, this is just beautiful.

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