Hummers and Angelonia

The oil wash on the flowers is now dry so the wall in the background is painted carefully around them. Several mixes of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + a little Cadmium Yellow Medium + White are used to make the adobe color.

Next I begin work on the Hummingbird at the upper right. By working wet-into-wet I’m able to keep the edges of his quickly moving wings soft. Notice the shadow he casts on the wall. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

A second Hummer joins the first and now we’re ready to paint the Angelonia these two are sipping nectar from! Come watch the VIDEO!

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Magenta Angelonia Flowers


Sunlight pours across the Satillo Tile floor from the upper right. A few strokes of Ultramarine Blue + White are added at the back of the floor, at the base of the wall, to make it recede. Perspective lines are dragged into the wet paint of the floor with a fine brush dipped in a thin mix of MUD + Liquin.

The canvas, still attached to the cardboard backing, is taken off the easel and placed on my taboret. By putting the unit at an angle on a small basket, I can paint the lower edge of the gallery wrapped canvas. The upper edge of the backing cardboard is braced against the wall so the canvas doesn’t move or fall.

The heart shaped leaves of a Sweet Potato Vine tumble out from underneath the Angelonia. Thanks for visiting the studio today, hope you’ll come back soon! HUGS,Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG


6 Responses to “Hummers and Angelonia”

  1. Pete & Julie Mason Says:

    Teanna and are enjoying our mornings with your beautiful work!

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Thank you Pete! Teanna might want to help me paint the Hummingbird in the Video I show in the next session! Please give her a little ear rub for me and have a great day! Mikki

  2. fatima Says:

    hello mikki..i use winton oil colours..just wanted to know which colour is cadmium yellow medium dat u use? ..cadmium yellow pale hue or cadmium yellow hue or cadmium yellow deep hue in winton colours..thankyou

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Fatima, I use Cadmium Yellow Medium, that is an actual Winton Oil Color. I avoid the Hues because they aren’t as true as the pure Cadmium colors. Especially Cadmium Orange. Good Luck, Mikki

  3. Shirley Says:

    Congratulations on beginning your 10th year of blogging! Now that is dedication and a lot of sharing from a very generous heart!

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