Pink and White!

The first thing to do is paint the stems holding up the Poppies. It’s amazing how those thin, little stems can support the huge blooms! The Flanders, or Shirley Poppies, have tiny hairs on the stems. Those are delineated with my fine liner brush. The flower in the lower left corner is a California Poppy, she’s not hairy!

Here are the color recipes for the blossom I’m going to work on in this session. #1. Two shades of Permanent Rose + Magenta + White. #2. Three mixtures of Permanent Rose + White. #3. White + Dioxazine Purple. #4. White + Ultramarine Blue. #5. Pure White. #6. White + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue.

The different colored petals make the Poppies even more fun to paint. Mixes #1 and #2 are used to block in the Pink ones; #3, #4, #5 and #6 for the White.

Covering the large surface with lots of thick paint, brushstrokes of light and dark shades are dragged wet-into-wet over each other. The petals aren’t a solid, flat plane. Sunlight streaming through the thin, rippled petals causes lots of variation in their basic color.

The edges of some of the petals are almost ruffled, the texture is made with heavy strokes of paint.

One down, three to go! Hope you’ll come follow the progress in our next session. I’m planning on having a Video for you! With Happy Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG


3 Responses to “Pink and White!”

  1. Lynanne Badger Says:

    I love how the white petal on the upper right is so transparent that you can see the pink petal beneath it. Beautiful!

  2. roseherczeg Says:

    So beautiful, Mikki! This reminds me of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings, only I think your paintings are even more alive and wonderful!

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