Now for Some Flowers

A new experience for me today, painting Hibiscus! The fragile blossoms are blocked in with mixes of Permanent Rose + Alizarin Crimson and Permanent Rose + White following my usual sequence of Flowers First, Leaves Last. There is method to my madness! I begin with the blooms so their color will remain bright and crisp when the leaves are painted. If the foliage was done first my brush would pick up some of the green as I blocked in the flowers, dirtying their brilliant color.

The leaves are painted next. I use mixes in several combinations of Viridian Green + Pthalo Blue + White.

After making the deep, dark centers with Alizarin Crimson + Liquin the yellow stamens are delineated. 

The same method is used for the Cobalt Bluebonnets nestled at the base of the Hibiscus container.

White “bonnets” finish out our Texas State Flower. Jack and I discovered an interesting fact when we lived in the Hill Country south of San Antonio. The native Bluebonnets growing there DON’T have the little white caps!

Here’s a field near where we lived. You can enlarge the image by clicking on the picture. Look closely……No Bonnets. The Bluebonnets along the roadsides have the white tops because they’ve been seeded by the Highway Department. But the native ones are different!

The sequence is reversed when painting the Day Lilies, the long strap-like leaves are blocked in first. 

The blossoms are blocked in second because they don’t “Clump” down, with a lot of foliage surrounding them. Most of the flowers made of Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson and Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Red Light, dance above the leaves. But I still have to careful because the water behind them isn’t dry. I lightly “Lay” the bright color on top of the underlying wet paint. That way I don’t muddy the Day Lilies. This is also the case where the flower comes in front of the Hibiscus leaves.

Highlights on the Lilies are made of Cadmium Orange. A few petals have floated to the terrace floor in the gentle breeze coming off the lake. We’re finished for today, we’ll have more planting to do in our next session. Hope you’ll come join in the fun. HUGS,

3 Responses to “Now for Some Flowers”

  1. patriciahinckley Says:

    The step-by-steps are so helpful to me in my art journey…thanks Mikki….

  2. lizmcqueensart Says:

    Mikki, I am always amazed at the detail you manage to put into your flowers. The blue bonnets are quite beautiful. We have nothing like that here. Only Cosmos in March. Thank you for your very interesting blogs.

  3. Phyllis Hilley Says:

    Hi Mikki! You aced the hibiscus! Gorgeous!

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