VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the White Hollyhocks

White Hollies are finished, we’ll begin working on the Salvia next.

Contrary to my normal sequence of FLOWERS FIRST, LEAVES LAST I begin the Salvia by blocking in the foliage with mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + Lemon Yellow + White. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the pictures to view them larger.

The reason I work in this manner is because the tall, slender flowers hover mostly above the leaves. It’s easier to paint them after the foliage is complete. BUT, I do have to CAREFULLY LAY my paint over the plants behind the Salvia so I won’t dirty the blossom colors made of Dioxazine Purple + White and Dioxazine Purple + Ultramarine Blue + White. I paint one or two stokes of the Salvia flowers, then WIPE my brush. This is the secret to keeping the lavender blooms bright and crisp.

I decided to add a couple more Hummingbirds, cavorting around the entry garden, to make the painting even more appealing.

“Unexpected Encounter”    24 inches x 30 inches

Searching for more nectar one of the Hummingbirds is shocked to find our little Tiger Kitty in the nicho. I have a feeling the “Unexpected Encounter” is a complete surprise for both! I really appreciate you following my blog and thank you for all of your kind comments. Please feel free to share my blog with your friends and family! With Colorful Smiles,

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  1. Lynanne Badger Says:

    I absolutely adore the position and attitude of this sweet kitty towards the inquisitive nature of the hummingbird. You captured her perfectly- and I really am quite certain the kitty is a “she” ;).

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