Memories of Spring

Starting on another EMBRYO, these are so fun to paint! Thought I’d take you back a few months to our Texas Spring and Bluebonnets. I begin sketching my plan on the 6 inch by 6 inch Ampersand Cradled Panel in a thin oil wash made of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

The rising sun is just warming the clouds in the early morning sky! The darkest portions are MUD + White, the lighter parts are White + Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Light and White + Cadmium Red Light + Cadmium Orange. All of the mixes are mostly White with only a touch of the other colors added in.

Trees and the distant Bluebonnets are painted, now we’re ready to start on the old, weathered barn. COME WATCH!


After completing the barn, I move to the Bluebonnets in the middle ground. The grass is combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + Lemon Yellow, the Bluebonnets are made of Cobalt Blue + White.

Another patch of our Texas State Flower nestles at the base of a cactus. The “Caps” of the flowers behind the cactus are added with a mix of White + a tiny bit of Ultramarine Blue. These on the blossoms closest to the viewer are pure White, making them come forward.

Memories of Spring       6 inches by 6 inches

An old barn surrounded by Bluebonnets, how Texas can you get! Seems like every time Jack and I came across a scene like this we’d wonder out loud, “What would that old barn say if it could talk? How many springs do you think this one saw? Imagine the families that worked there, children picking bluebonnet bouquets to take to their moms, little girls brushing their ponies in the stalls and all the generations growing up enjoying the beautiful Texas wildflowers?” Think of how many wonderful “Memories of Spring” fill this weathered, old barn!

Thanks for following along today! With Colorful Smiles,


© Senkarik 2020

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