Flower Girl in Training

The baskets are painted with mixes of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + White. The iron straps holding the slats of the basket together on the right are made of MUD + Liquin. Please remember, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

Yellow petals of the Sunflowers are blocked in with combinations of Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD, Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Orange and pure Cadmium Yellow Medium. Then the distinctive centers are added with MUD + Liquin.

Several mixtures of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium are used for the broad leaves of the Sunflowers

Mama Burro’s beautiful beads are Pthalo Turquoise Blue + White.

Various mixtures in different proportions of MUD + Cadmium Orange + a little Cadmium Yellow Medium + White are made for the Jenny and Filly. Ultramarine Blue and more MUD are added to make some of the combinations cooler and grayer. The paint is applied with heavy texture to give the feeling of the thick coats. Ivory Black is used for the forelock, mane and black tips on the ears.

Paint remaining from the beads is used for the beaded brow band on Mama!

There is a legend about the cross marking found on the backs of donkeys. The little donkey colt that carried Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday followed Him to Calvary on Good Friday. Appalled by the sight of Jesus on the cross, the donkey turned away but could not leave. It is said that the Lord caused the shadow of the cross to fall across the shoulders and back of the little donkey. The marking of the cross remains as a sign of the love of God in reward for the loyal devotion of the humble beast of burden.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the face of the little Burro filly.

“Flower Girl in Training”

Won’t be long before our sweet little “Flower Girl in Training” will be carrying baskets filled with blossoms all on her own. Meanwhile she’s learning the ropes from her patient Mama! Can’t you just imagine the smiles the pair brings to the people along their delivery route! Thanks everyone for following my blog, I really appreciate you being part of TEAM SENKARIK! Hugs,



5 Responses to “Flower Girl in Training”

  1. Fatima Says:

    Beautiful work..I’m sure there is an angel who puts a heavenly spark besides your hard work..all your paintings are brilliant

  2. Gisela Hoener Says:

    My sister from Germany just got a beautiful picture from Mikki, what a treasure, we love Mikkis picture the most. She is the greatest. God gave her that gift.

  3. Barb Arden Says:

    I love the telling of the legend of the cross on the donkey’ s backs! 🙂 Beautiful work, as always, Mikki!

  4. Patricia Ann Ingram Says:

    Another beautiful painting! I also did not know that donkeys had a cross on their backs and I love the explanation for it. I truly learn something new every day. Thank you for sharing your great painting ability with me, it is truly appreciated. May God Bless

  5. Retta Says:

    Such a charming painting! I love it. Thank you for sharing the process. It was fun to watch it come to life.

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