Treasured Celebration


VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Trumpet Vine

The cobblestones are blocked in with thick, textured brushstrokes using mixes of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange, MUD + Cadmium Orange + White, MUD + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Red Light and Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. Please remember, you may click on any of the images to see enlargements.

Next the cracks between the stones are drawn with a thin mix of MUD + Liquin. I don’t outline each and every stone. Rather the deep crevices are just impressionistically indicated, being mindful to keep the lines in perspective. 

The hot pink Hollyhock blossoms are first painted with mixes of Permanent Rose + White and Permanent Rose + Cadmium Red Light + White. Then the leaves are added with combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium.

Daisies nestle at the base of the pink Hollies. The flowers are Ultramarine Blue + White, Dioxazine Purple + White and Pthalo Blue + White. Pure White is reserved for the highlights on the sunlit petals.

After the centers of the Daisies are painted I work on those of the Hollyhocks. A mix of Magenta + Liquin is used to make the deep impressions.

Sunflowers are next! The large blossoms are blocked in first, followed by the leaves. Putting in the dark centers with a mix of MUD + Liquin immediately identifies these cheerful flowers as the classic Sunflowers I love.

African Daisies hug the bottom of the wall on the right of the painting. The flowers are painted with mixtures of Permanent Rose + Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Red Light + Alizarin Crimson, Permanent Rose + White and Cadmium Red Light. The centers are made in three steps. 1. A dark oval is made in the center of the flower with MUD. 2. A yellow dot is placed in the middle of that with Cadmium Yellow Medium. 3. A speck of MUD is dotted in the center of the yellow.

This commission is a combination Christmas/Anniversary gift. SO, I make a special tile with intertwining hearts along with the date of the wedding!

“Treasured Celebration”   16 inches x 16 inches

This colorful entry overlooking the Coast of France doubly honors the “Treasured Celebration” of Anniversary and Christmas! Thanks for following my blog. I’ll be starting on a Western painting in my next post, hope you’ll come watch! HUGS,


© Senkarik 2020

One Response to “Treasured Celebration”

  1. Delfina Says:

    amazing !

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