A Sense of Peace

Looka’s body is painted with mixtures of White + MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + a tiny bit of Cadmium Orange and White + Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange. When painting a White bird or animal the toughest part is to get the shadows dark enough that the White highlights gleam. But then again you don’t want to get the shadows too dark because the animal doesn’t look White! As Jack would say, “It’s a fine line!” Looka’s collar is a red brown made of MUD + Cadmium Orange + a touch of Alizarin Crimson + White. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the pictures to see them larger.

Looka has such expressive eyes and ears. The entire eye is first painted with MUD, then the brown iris and white catch light are added. His spots are some of the browns from the terra cotta tiles on the courtyard floor.

The shadow of a female cardinal that’s landed on the steps to investigate Looka is now added.

Sunflowers grow around the side of the gallery wrap canvas. The large blossoms are blocked in with various mixes of Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Orange + a touch of MUD and Cadmium Yellow Medium.

The leaves are painted around the masses of yellow, helping to shape the flowers. Combinations of Ultramarine Blue + Lemon Yellow are used for the foliage. A few brush stokes of Pthalo Blue + White are added, here and there, to bring coolness to the leaves.

My brush picks up some of the underlying yellow as the central disk of the Sunflower, made of MUD + a tiny bit of Liquin, is added. This turns them slightly brown. Then in the very middle I go back and make a dark center of pure MUD.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the White Hollyhocks

Sweet Looka happily lounging in the sun, surrounded by colorful flowers and visited by the inquisitive cardinal, portray “A Sense of Peace”. Thank you for following my blog and also for the wonderful comments you make. Your words bring happiness to my heart. With Big Hugs,

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3 Responses to “A Sense of Peace”

  1. Elizabeth t pollio Says:

    Simply perfect. I love it!

  2. Melanie Says:

    Awesome detail and color! The only place I’ve lived where there was bougainvilleas is California, it’s so beautiful and I love how it covers walls. Never in Maine unless it is treated as an annual in a pot. Does it grow on walls in Texas?

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Thank you! Yes, It grows beautifully in Southern and Central Texas. In Dallas Bougainvillea is almost always an annual unless they have a very mild winter. Thank you for following my blog! HUGS, Mikki

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