A Sip of Sunshine

Sunflowers are always fun to paint and everyone seems to love them. These will be surrounded by Petunias and White Bacopa Daisies. The initial plan is sketched on a 6 inch x 6 inch Ampersand Cradled Panel in a thin oil wash made of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

I hadn’t originally planned for a Hummingbird in the painting, but he just magically appeared! So I carefully work around the little fella with my background mixtures of Cadmium Red Medium + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Medium and Cadmium Red Medium + Cadmium Red Light. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to see enlargements.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Sunflowers

Combinations of Permanent Rose + Cadmium Red Light + White and Permanent Rose + White are used to block in the Petunias. A few brush strokes of Cadmium Orange are made, here and there, in the flowers to give additional warmth to the blossoms.

The Viridian Green used for the Hummingbird’s head and body glows against the deep Red background.

Soft Bacopa blooms are painted with mixes of White + Dioxazine Purple, White + Pthalo Blue and White + Ultramarine Blue. The gray-green foliage is various combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White.

“A Sip of Sunshine”  6 inches by 6 inches

Red, Orange and Yellow centers bring a touch of happiness to the White Flowers. My heart dances with delight that Mr. Hummingbird has zipped in for “A Sip of Sunshine”! Thanks for following along today!

With Colorful Smiles,


© Senkarik 2020

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