Before we get to painting I just have to share the joy in my heart that “SPRING is SPRINGING”! It’s my favorite time of year. This morning when I went out for my walk I saw a few blooms had burst out on the California Poppies in my front yard. YIPPEEEEEEE!!!!!! Please keep in mind, you may click on any of the pictures to see enlargements.

Rosie, the middle Redbud Tree, is always the first of the three to herald the end of winter. Pinkie and Ruby, on either side of her, are late bloomers.

These tiny buds will soon be beautiful blooms!

OK Mikki, enough playing in the garden. Get to work! Let’s start construction on the courtyard. The walls are painted with several combinations, in different proportions, of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + a tiny bit of Pthalo Blue + White. More MUD is added into the shadows mixes, more White in the lighter portions of the walls. The very back part of the wall on the left, where the two walls come together, is made a little bluer with Ultramarine Blue + White so it will recede.

It’s time to begin adding some lively color! Trumpet Vine cascades down the walls, the neutral color of which makes the flowers appear brighter. #1. The blossoms are blocked in first with mixtures of Magenta + White, Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Red Light and Cadmium Orange. #2. Leaves are then painted around the masses of red/orange, helping to shape the flowers.

Flowers are highlighted with Cadmium Orange + White.

The deep centers are delineated with a mix of Magenta + Liquin Original.

Wisteria tumbles over the arch at the right of the courtyard. I’m only working on the portions of this wispy plant that are behind the structure and arch. I work on them while the courtyard wall is still wet as it’s much easier to paint the blossoms, leaves and fine twigs over the background at this stage. I’ll finish the wisteria when I complete the building. The Wisteria is blocked in following the same sequence as the Trumpet Vine: Flowers First, Leaves Last.

The petals of the Wisteria blooms are made with the corner of my square tipped, Bright Brush. Mixes of Ultramarine Blue + White, Dioxazine Purple + Ultramarine Blue + White and Dioxazine Purple + White are used. The leaves are mixtures of Viridian Green + Cadmium Yellow Medium.

That’s all for today, we’ll be planting more flowers in our next session. Why don’t you grab a pair of gardening gloves and a trowel so you can come give me a hand? See you SOON! With Happy Spring Hugs,


© Senkarik 2022


2 Responses to “SPRING is SPRINGING!”

  1. singlikewildflowers Says:

    Your paintings are beautiful!!! I’m so glad I found your blog.

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Thank you for your kind words Esther. I LOVE your blog address: SingLikeWildflowers! I agree we all should do that. I’m really happy you found my blog too. Hugs to you, Mikki

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