Blanketed in Bluebonnets

Today’s session begins by painting the large leaf plant that we saw in the 1936 photograph at the base of the stairs. I don’t have any idea what it is but it’s fun to paint. Mixes of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + a little Lemon Yellow are used. If you’d like to see the picture larger just click on the image.

Now for the field of Bluebonnets. My usual sequence of “Flowers First, Leaves Last” is followed. Mixes of Ultramarine Blue + Dioxazine Purple + White are used in the most distant part of the field. The middle portion is Ultramarine Blue + White and those beautiful flowers in the front are Cobalt Blue + White. Then I come back and add the foliage with mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White.

The winding road is painted with some of the darkest mixtures left over from the old Rock House. The far end of the road, where it disappears into the Bluebonnets is made cooler, or bluer, so it will recede.

The Bluebonnets, illuminated by sunlight streaming into the painting from the right, are highlighted. All I had to do was put additional White into the original mixes used to block them in.

A few bunches of Indian Paintbrush pop up here and there.

The crowning touch on the Bluebonnets is to top them out with White Bonnets! Those in the direct sunlight get pure White caps. A bit of Ultramarine Blue is mixed into the White for those flowers in the distant shadow, this makes them fall back.

The Bluebonnet field is in it’s full glory. Jack and I discovered something interesting when we lived in Floresville, not far from Panna Maria where the Rock House Homestead is. The native Bluebonnets in our area didn’t have the little White bonnets! In the height of spring the Bluebonnet fields surrounding Floresville are Bonnet Less!

Here’s a picture taken in our backyard in Floresville. If you’ll enlarge the picture by clicking on the image, you’ll see they have no White hats! Soon after moving in we seeded the flower beds we built close to the house with traditional, White topped “Texas Bluebonnets”. We never had a clue the native ones didn’t have them. Didn’t realize that until we had a banner wildflower year in 2010, the fields around us were covered with “Bonnet Less” flowers. This is probably more information than you’d ever want to know about our Texas State Flower but there you go! HUGS, 

5 Responses to “Blanketed in Bluebonnets”

  1. Peggy and Leon Says:

    Know you loved your place in Floresville.

  2. LouAnn Says:

    Mikki what a true gift you have! Your colors are always rich and lively. Thank you for sharing your techniques with us. You inspire us!

  3. Angel Says:

    This is so special! I often wonder how many hundreds of thousands and sometimes it seems like millions of brush strokes you lovingly paint in each painting? Thank you for taking us on this journey with you…you are an amazing artist!

  4. Jody Says:

    How pretty! Makes me want to walk right into the house. Thank you!

  5. Marti Says:

    You are amazing, what an opportunity to watch you paint. I am from Lubbock originally, now in Ann Arbor, Mi. You take me home to only good memories. Thank you

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