Hummers and Hollyhocks

Starting a new piece featuring two of my absolute favorites, Hummingbirds and Hollyhocks! This is a commission for a longtime collector. Walt saw the painting I had done of the Hummingbirds flitting around the trumpet shaped blossoms of our Tangerine Cross Vine. It had already sold so he asked if I would do one especially for his wife. As we visited we decided to change the flowers to Hollyhocks because she loves them. He gave a copy of the sketch above to Anne on Mother’s Day. Now we are able to collaborate, she can be part of the process and follow along.

The painted image measures 19 inches tall by 9 inches wide. My first step is to begin sketching the stalks, large blossoms and leaves of the Hollyhocks with a brush dipped a thin oil wash of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. That enables me to determine the size of the Hummingbirds, making them correctly proportioned to the tall, stately plants. Please remember as you read through my post, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

More stalks, flowers and flower buds are added.

The iridescent heads of the Hummers are washed in with a mix of Viridian Green + Liquin. Alizarin Crimson + Liquin in used for their Ruby Red Throats!

Thin oil washes of Sap Green + Liquin and Pthalo Blue + Liquin are used for the leaves of this native New Mexico flower.

We’re all sketched up and ready to begin painting with opaque oils in our next session. Hope you’ll come follow along.

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5 Responses to “Hummers and Hollyhocks”

  1. roseherczeg Says:

    oooh, I am pulling up a seat! I love when you paint the hummingbirds and hollyhocks are my second favorite flower after sunflowers. When I was in Paris in 2015, I saw many of the cream colored ones, so beautiful! I know this will be another masterpiece, Mikki! Hugs, Rose

  2. PierceClarkArt Says:

    What a gorgeous start. This one is already glorious!!


    Donna Pierce-Clark


  3. Bonnie Haig Says:

    Mikki thank you for this post. It is so lovely, your brushstrokes are gorgeous. I’m especially grateful that you mention the colors you are using for this piece. Thanks again, Bonnie Haig

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