In this session I’m working on a 6 inch by 6 inch Ampersand cradled panel. You can probably tell, I definitely have Spring Fever. It’s so wonderful to see flowers blooming and butterflies flittering around the garden. So I’m bringing them inside to my studio! My reference photos are taped to the easel and I’ve started sketching the basic plan with a thin oil mixture 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 enlargements.

The sketch on the cradled panel is complete, let’s get to painting. Come Watch…..


The foliage and leaflets on the flower buds are painted with mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + Lemon Yellow. White is added to make the lightest shade of green. The shadow portion of the White Rose of Sharon blossoms are made of combinations of White + Ultramarine Blue, White + Dioxazine Purple and White + Pthalo Blue. Pure White is used for the petals illuminated by the sun.

The stamen, full of pollen, is mixtures of Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD, Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red Light and Cadmium Yellow Medium + White.

The Monarch’s wings are first painted with mixes of MUD + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Red Light. Then the distinctive Black edging and pattern in the filmy wings are drawn into the wet paint of the wing with Ivory Black.

The fragrant flowers and whisper of the Monarch’s wings bring a touch of “SPRING’S MAGIC” to your heart! Thank you for following along today!

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© Senkarik 2021


2 Responses to “SPRING’S MAGIC”

  1. Carole Kabrin Says:


    Sent from my iPhone


  2. roseherczeg Says:

    Oh, I just love this! Thank you for sharing your process in putting together a composition from different photo references. I love the light color hibiscus, it works so well! And the butterfly is awesome!

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