Hidden Oasis

Large leaves of a Giant Bird of Paradise sway gracefully over Geraniums made of Cadmium Red Deep + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Deep and Cadmium Red Light. The bright green foliage of the Geraniums is combinations of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow and Pthalo Blue + White. The flowers are blocked in first, you can see that step in the container on the left with the palm trees. The greens are painted around the masses of red, helping to shape the blossoms as seen on the right. You may enlarge any of these images, just click on the picture.

I’ve filled the blue ceramic container on the bistro table with fresh Gladiolas and now it’s time to begin tiling the floor of the terrace. The entire surface is covered, establishing the light streaming under the arches and the long shadows.

The perspective and horizontal lines separating the individual tiles are drawn into the wet paint with a fine liner brush dipped in a thin mix of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

The Geraniums in the foreground planter are the same mixes we used for those in the distant containers on the terrace. These blossoms are highlighted with a combination of Cadmium Red Light + a touch of Cadmium Orange which makes them a bit warmer so they come forward.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Delphiniums and Sweet Potato Vine PART 1

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Delphiniums and Sweet Potato Vine PART 2

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Delphiniums and Sweet Potato Vine PART 3


Coneflowers nestle at the base of the tall Delphiniums. Mixes of Magenta + Dioxazine Purple + White and Magenta + White are used for the striking blooms. Dark, cone shaped centers are added with MUD + Liquin.

Nasturtiums scramble along in front of the Geraniums in the curved planter. The fragrant flowers are mixes of Cadmium Red Light + Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson and Cadmium Orange. The round leaves, made of mixtures of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium, are formed by twisting my Bright, square tipped brush.

Hidden Oasis    32 inches by 42 inches

I don’t know about you but I’m ready to take a seat, enjoy the cool ocean breeze and listen to the melody of the crashing waves in this “Hidden Oasis”! This blog is a sneak preview of one of my paintings for my Annual Collector Event in Santa Fe, August 31 and September 1. I sure hope you’ll come join us in all the fun! CLICK HERE for more details!  Also, I really appreciate your wonderful comments; thank you so much for following my blog. With Colorful Smiles and Big Hugs, Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG



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