Texas Barn in a Sea of Wildflowers


The entire surface of the barn doors is covered first with mixes of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. Then the Z boards on the outside of the doors are painted with a darker shade of the same mixture.

The same colors used for the doors make up the shadow side of the barn.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Texas Flag Roof

The colors I’m going to use to begin blocking in the wildflower meadow are shown above. #1. Cadmium Red Light + White. #2. Two shades of Magenta + White. #3. Ultramarine Blue + White. #4. Two combinations of Dioxazine Purple + White. #5. Five mixes in different proportions of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + Lemon Yellow + White. #6. A couple of shades of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White.

The far edge of the field has been defined with mixes #2, #3 and #4. Then several patches of green are made in the meadow. Some of the lighter green #5 mix is used near the barn to indicate the sunlight illuminating the top of the hill where the weathered structure resides.

The distant Bluebonnets are painted with the mixture of Ultramarine Blue + White. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the pictures to see an enlargement.

Coming closer to the foreground the Bluebonnets are blocked in with several shades of Cobalt Blue + White. Because Cobalt Blue is more intense and brighter than Ultramarine Blue, it “Comes Forward”. This helps to give the appearance of depth in the painting.

The white tops or “Bonnets” on the Bluebonnets closest to the viewer are made with pure White.

Moving toward the back of the field the White tops are made with White + a touch of Ultramarine Blue. This makes the White a little less bright so it recedes. The White flowers in the distance have also been painted with the same mix of White + a bit of Ultramarine Blue, causing them to drop back.

We’re moving right along. More flowers will be popping up in our next session, hope you’ll come follow the progress! With Colorful Smiles,


© Senkarik 2021


4 Responses to “Texas Barn in a Sea of Wildflowers”

  1. kbasli Says:

    Love this one Mikki!

  2. Dwight & Laurie Patterson Says:

    Very yummy.

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