Delightful Melody

Today’s session shows several days of actual painting time at my easel. Application of the Opaque Oils begins in the background, here are my color mixtures. All of the big blobs, in the center of the palette, are mixes in varying proportions of White + MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + a touch of Cadmium Orange and a little more Ultramarine Blue. The paints lined up at the far left of my glass palette are the washes left over from the first session. The colors along the top are the basis of our Double Primary Color Mixing System. If you’d like to learn more about the wonderful Color Mixing System that Jack developed, CLICK HERE!

The flowers, leaves and Hummingbirds that I washed in earlier are now dry. I carefully work around the washed in areas to preserve the design of the composition. You may click on this, or any of the other images to see enlargements.

I love painting shadows. Sunlight spilling over the Cross Vine, illuminates the lowest of the three Hummingbirds, casting his shadow onto the white wall in the background.

The flashing wings are painted wet-into-wet over the background. This enables me to soften the edges, giving the impression of movement.

Cadmium Red Light + a touch of white is used to highlight the “Ruby” throat of the Hummingbird.

The shadow of this fella’s thin, long beak streaks down over his bright White chest!

The leaves are painted with the flat, broad edge of my Bright, square tipped brush. CLICK HERE to learn more about the brushes I prefer to use.

Mixes of Cadmium Red Light + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Orange and Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Yellow Medium are used for the trumpet shaped blossoms.

The deep centers of the flowers are added with a mix of Magenta + Liquin.

“DELIGHTFUL MELODY” 19 inches tall by 9 inches wide

Let the antics, squeaks and whispering wings of the Hummingbirds fill your soul with their “DELIGHTFUL MELODY”! It’s been fun having you visit my studio. Please do come back again! Hugs,


© Senkarik 2021

7 Responses to “Delightful Melody”

  1. Paula Somerville Says:

    So very Beautiful!!

  2. Ray Dane Says:

    Mikki, this painting is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing it.

  3. roseherczeg Says:

    I absolutely love this painting!

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