Bougainvillea and Palms

While the paint of the beach behind the chairs is still wet I draw the scroll work on the wrought iron chairs. The brush, dipped in a thin mix of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin pulls easily through the background. My left hand is braced against the canvas, giving my right a steady support as I delineate the intricate pattern. You may click on this, or any of the other images, to see them larger.

The building is blocked in with mixes of MUD + Cadmium Orange + a tiny touch of Pthalo Blue + White. The long highlight, running the length of the column where the sun illuminates it, is pulled straight down with the same combination plus more White.

The Bougainvillea streaming over the arches is made of mixtures of Permanent Rose + Magenta + White and Permanent Rose + White. These make a cool pink that will recede. The leaves are Viridian Green + a bit of Cadmium Yellow Medium. A few leaves of Pthalo Blue + White are added here and there for additional coolness in the foliage.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Foreground Bougainvillea

You can see how the warmth of the mixes of Permanent Rose + Cadmium Red Light + White make the Bougainvillea on the right side appear to be closer to the foreground.

Trunks of the palm trees are painted over the wet ocean and column behind them.

The long leaves or fronds of the Palms are mixes in various combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White.

The lacy Palm fronds dance and dip in the gentle sea breeze, beneath the long, graceful arms of the Bougainvillea. Thank you for following along today, hope you’ll visit our studio again soon! HUGS,Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG


2 Responses to “Bougainvillea and Palms”

  1. Jocelyn Luna Says:

    Love and admire your paintings! I aim to be good at painting. Your site is true inspiration and the way to go for me. Thank you.

  2. rpillai2012 Says:

    Beautiful, thank you

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