Bluebonnets – Up Close and Personal

Starting a new commission today, Bluebonnets. Up close and Personal!!!!! The basic placement was roughly sketched with a thin wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. Then I start washing in the Bluebonnet shapes with a mixture of Ultramarine Blue + Liquin. 

Moving toward the top of the canvas, a wash of Ultramarine Blue + Dioxazine Purple + Liquin is used for the flowers that will be in the background. Wouldn’t this make a cool fabric design? I could just see these Bluebonnets on white as a shirt or dress.

The foliage of those background blossoms is a blue gray green made of various mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + a touch of MUD + White. The muted tones will drop behind the warmer greens I plan to use in the foreground.

Standing on a step stool allows me to paint the top edge of the gallery wrap canvas without straining my shoulder. Here is a good chance see my studio setup. All of the Painting Furniture is on wheels, making it very easy to adjust to accommodate larger paintings.

Warmer greens are used for the leaves in the foreground.

The canvas, mounted to a piece of cardboard for easier handling, is laid on my taboret to cover the lower edge. If you’d like to see how the canvas is attached to the backing board CLICK HERE.

The leaves are finished except for a few touches here and there, I’ll complete the Bluebonnets in our next session. Right now the flowers and leaves are all the same value, that will definitely change when we’re done. Don’t Panic! (Even if I have!) SMILES,



4 Responses to “Bluebonnets – Up Close and Personal”

  1. bonita austin Says:

    Great use of a walker.

  2. Bill Gavin Says:

    Hi Mikki,

    If I may ask–what is the board clamped across the top of your easel for? I do enjoy seeing your posts and your unselfishness sharing!




  3. rpillai2012 Says:

    So amazing, thank you!

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