Our Kitchen Garden with a Visitor

My next commission is based on a painting I’d done previously of our Kitchen Garden. Jeana loved this piece but wanted a few changes that would make it more personal for her.

So I begin by drawing up the basic architecture on the canvas with a brush dipped in a thin wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

Next is “Swannee”, our Talavera swan planter. But Jeana asked that I make the swan white which will be a fun touch.

She also requested that I have a “Shamrock” on the bird feeder. My wrist is braced against the mahl stick that is hooked over the top of my easel. This steadies my hand as I draw the detail.

Mr. Chippers, our resident Northern Cardinal, is washed in with a mix of Alizarin Crimson + Liquin.

The unexpected visitor is Bailey, one of Jeana’s fur babies. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

The sketch is complete and we’ll begin painting in the next session. I do hope you’ll come follow along. If you would like to receive an email every time I publish a new post please feel free to subscribe to my blog. CLICK THIS LINK and scroll to the upper right side of the page. You will see a heading EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS. Just enter your email address and click the button “Sign me up!”  It’s easy. And if you enjoy my blog please CLICK the FaceBook LIKE Button. As we say in Texas, “Much Obliged!

2 Responses to “Our Kitchen Garden with a Visitor”

  1. LouAnn Lubben Says:

    Lovely as usual Mikki. Your colors are so vibrant yet soothing to the soul. I can’t wait, what mix did you use for the stucco bench? Happy holidays Mikki!

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi LouAnn,

      Thank you for your kind words. I used mixes in various combination of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + a bit of Cadmium Yellow Deep + White. And may your Christmas be filled with Peace, Love and Joy! HAPPY PAINTING in the New Year, Mikki

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