Russian Sage is blocked in with mixtures of Dioxazine Purple + Magenta + White. The foliage is made of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. Please remember, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

Helenium snuggles up to the Turquoise Blue container. Mixes of Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Light, Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Orange and pure Cadmium Orange make up the richly colored blossoms.

The centers of the Helenium flowers are delineated in three steps. #1. A dark blob of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) is made in each flower. #2. A yellow dot (Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Orange for the blooms in shadow and Cadmium Yellow Medium for the sunlit ones) is added in the middle of the dark blob. #3. A tiny speck of MUD is centered in each yellow dot.

Geraniums of Cadmium Red Deep, Cadmium Red Deep + Cadmium Red Light and pure Cadmium Red Light fill the large ceramic pots. Their bright foliage is made of several shades of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow. Now, let’s plant the Sweet Potato Vine casting those romantic shadows. The heart-shaped leaves are combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + Lemon Yellow + White.

A little White is mixed with Cadmium Red Light to accentuate the Geranium petals illuminated by the sun. The oil paint is applied with lots of thick texture.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Chamisa

Sunflowers are blocked in with Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD + Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Orange and Cadmium Yellow Medium. The large dark centers are added with MUD + Liquin. Leaves, made of several shades of Ultramarine Blue + Lemon Yellow, will complete these happy residents in this garden.

“Southwestern Charm”         19 inches x 25 inches

AHHHHH, take a deep breath and stroll through this colorful courtyard. Let the warm sunshine, fragrance of the flowers and quaint Santa Fe details fill your heart with “Southwestern Charm”! Thank you for visiting my studio, I really appreciate all of your support and encouragement! With BIG HUGS,


© Senkarik 2021


  1. kbasli Says:

    Lovely Mikki. It turned out great.

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