Texas Sky

From the canals of Venice to the great state of Texas and the heart of the hill country! Better yet, we’re going to be painting the awesome wildflowers we see here in the spring. But first, let’s get the basic plan sketched up on the canvas. I use a brush dipped in a thin mix of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin to draw the composition. The large area of the tree was washed in with a combination of mostly Liquin + a little bit of MUD.

We’re all sketched up and ready to begin painting. The field will be covered with flowers in every shade of the rainbow. I’m into rainbows right now. Don’t know if you’ve been watching American Idol but I started loving little Maddie Poppe the moment I heard her sing the rainbow song! Then, when she started “Brand New Key” I about fell out of my chair, that was one of my favorite songs in high school! I’m so glad she won. And her duet with Caleb Lee Hutchinson of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” was delightful! You never know, they may be the next Johnny Cash and June Carter!


“Painting Forward” from the sky the most distant hills are made with a mix of White + Ultramarine Blue + a touch of MUD. Then the closest bluff is covered with a jumble of various combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + MUD + White.

Distant Oaks are painted with those same mixes + additional Ultramarine Blue. Bracing against the mahl stick steadies my hand as I draw in the trunks.

The model for the Live Oak Tree by the barn is this majestic one that grew next to our home in Floresville. When we lived there several years ago a tree expert told us it was over 300 years old. WOW, can you imagine the stories that tree could tell? Sure wish it could talk.

Here I use combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + a little Ultramarine Blue + some Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. The darker areas have more Ultramarine Blue added in.

The massive trunks and limbs are made of MUD + Cadmium Orange + White.

We’ll have a barn raising in our next session, complete with a video! Hope you come watch. 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!



One Response to “Texas Sky”

  1. smart281 Says:

    Beautiful work Mikki! Always enjoy getting your emails. Thank you.
    Sheila McFather

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