Crazy Hearts

First off, thank you for all of your compliments on my Palette Painting. I wish I could take credit for the idea but years ago, over 20 in fact, Rob Pitzer of Pitzer’s Fine Arts asked his artists to do one for a special showing. I had completely forgotten about them until a very good friend, Angel Ann said, “What about doing a painting on a palette?” So that’s how it came about. If you’d like to go to the auction CLICK HERE. But don’t linger, the auction that started at A PENNY ends Sunday night at 8 PM Central Time.

All right, let’s get to work. The gnarled trucks of Wisteria are so cool. I love the way they wind this way and that.

Garlic strands are seen everywhere in Italy, especially on the Amalfi Coast. The rounded bulbs are painted first with mixes of White + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue, then the root end is delineated with a touch of Alizarin Crimson.

Moving back to the Wisteria, the blossoms are initially blocked in with mixes of Dioxazine Purple + White. Then the foliage is added with combinations of Viridian Green + Cadmium Yellow Medium.

I come back and highlight the individual petals of the Wisteria blossoms using a lighter mix of White + Dioxazine Purple. The paint is applied with lots of texture.

A Bougainvillea, Red Door and Terra Cotta containers bring additional color to the setting high above the Mediterranean Sea.

A fountain is painted with mixes of Viridian Green + Cadmium Orange + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White.

Since this is an anniversary gift, Crazy Hearts dance to the music of the water cascading down from the upper tier. AND…that’s all folks! Hope you’ll come back for our next session! HUGS,




One Response to “Crazy Hearts”

  1. Angelica Says:

    What a romantic and heartfelt painting! A forever treasure Mikki…absolutely beautiful.

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