Colorful Elegance

Planting begins by filling the window box with lush Geraniums made of Cadmium Red Deep + Magenta, Cadmium Red Deep and Cadmium Red Light. The mass of red is blocked in first, then leaves are painted with mixes of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

The blue ceramic container is a perfect spot for a jumble of cheery Sunflowers. Large blossoms are first painted with combinations of Cadmium Yellow Medium + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) and Cadmium Yellow Medium.

Leaves of Ultramarine Blue + Lemon Yellow frame the flowers. After the large seed heads in the center of the blossoms are added, we highlight the petals illuminated by the sun with Cadmium Yellow Medium + Lemon Yellow. Notice how the painted image extends on to the side of the gallery wrap canvas.

The entire surface of the floor is covered, establishing the light and shadow pattern. Then the legs of the chairs and table are drawn into the wet paint with a mix of MUD + Liquin.

Next, perspective lines indicating the crevices between the individual terra cotta tiles are drawn with a fine liner brush.

A clump of Magenta Hollyhocks nestles behind the chair on the right. The flowers are mixes of Magenta + White while the leaves are painted with greens left over from the Geraniums.

A few petals from the flowers float to the ground, adding charm to our romantic setting.

Juxtaposed next to the Red Geraniums and Magenta Hollyhocks, the bistro chairs made of Sevres Green + White absolutely glow.

The table top is made of white ceramic tile. As with the floor below, the perspective lines are drawn freehand into the wet paint of the flat surface.

“Colorful Elegance”   16 inches x 16 inches

AND…….we’re done! The “Colorful Elegance” of this romantic little bistro issues an invitation to come sit and enjoy a sip of wine. Thank you for your wonderful comments, your words make my heart smile! I appreciate all of you following my blog. I’ll be starting on a new piece in our next session! ‘Til then, HAPPY PAINTING! Hugs,Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG


4 Responses to “Colorful Elegance”

  1. PierceClarkArt Says:

    OH WOW! Best yet!!!!


  2. Fatima Says:

    Ur paintings are awesome…each piece is a gem!May u find happiness in all your endeavours!

  3. Fatima Says:

    Hello Mikki..what gives the pots such intense brilliant blue colour?plz share

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