I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe Labor Day weekend. This is a new piece for my Santa Fe Gallery. I’ve condensed several days of easel time into one post. My basic plan is sketched up on the canvas in a thin oil wash made of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin Original.

We begin painting with the background peeking through the arched opening above the gate. Distant trees are made of White + Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange. Then the courtyard walls are constructed using mixes of MUD + Cadmium Orange + a little Cadmium Yellow Medium + White.

The shadows on the wooden gate are combinations of Cadmium Red Deep + Magenta while pure Cadmium Red Light is used for the sunlit portions. Scarlet and Rhett, my favorite Ruby Throat Hummingbirds, have decided to visit our garden. Notice the shadow cast by Scarlet, she’s flying high and will be taking a sip of nectar from a Hollyhock flower. You may click on this, or any of the other images, to see them larger.

Trumpet Vine cascades over the adobe wall. The blossoms are various shades of Permanent Rose + White, Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red Light + Cadmium Orange, Magenta + White and Cadmium Orange + White.

The entire surface of the terra cotta paver walkway is first covered with mixes of MUD + Cadmium Orange + White, Ultramarine Blue + White and Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. More White is used for the portions of the floor illuminated by sunshine. A little red from the gate is brushed into the foreground shadow to give the impression of the gate reflecting onto the floor. Next, curved perspective lines are drawn into the wet paint. To finish up, horizontal lines delineating the individual pavers are made.

Cheerful Sunflowers nestle next to the red gate. The large blossoms are first blocked in with Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD, Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Yellow Medium and some of the Red left over from the gate. The large centers are then added with a mix of MUD + Liquin Original.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Come watch and I’ll show you how I paint the White Hollyhocks!

“HUMMINGBIRD WHISPERS” 11 inches by 11 inches

Petunias, made of Permanent Rose + White, fill the containers in front of the Sunflowers. We’re done. AH, take a deep breath and enjoy. If you listen carefully you can hear the “HUMMINGBIRD WHISPERS” as Scarlet and Rhett dance from flower to flower in the warm sunshine.

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  1. Gisele Says:

    *I have followed you with much admiration of your talents….. This is a beautiful painting and right on my birthday…..Love seeing your descriptions of process and color information…… When Covid is safe want to return to AZ and will look up your Gallery….Many thanks Gisele from Eastern Canada*

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Thank you so much Gisele. Your comment warms my heart. I pray that all the covid stuff is over soon. I’m no longer in the gallery in Sedona but am still in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It’s a beautiful town to visit and has lots of galleries to browse through. I know you’d really enjoy it! With Grateful Hugs, Mikki

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