Happy Flowers

The shadow portion of the Red Door is Cadmium Red Deep + Magenta; Cadmium Red Light is used for the sunlit part. Then the edges of the individual boards that comprise the door are highlighted. You may enlarge any of the pictures by clicking on the image.

Terra Cotta containers hug the doorway. Mixtures of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Red Light + Cadmium Orange + White are used to make the rich Burnt Sienna hues.

Geraniums are blocked in following my usual sequence of FLOWERS FIRST, LEAVES LAST. Reds remaining from the door are used for the blossoms. Combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Lemon Yellow make up the foliage.

Geranium petals, illuminated by the brilliant sunlight, are accentuated with Cadmium Red Light + White.

The distinctive flower buds of the Geraniums are added with Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Lemon Yellow + White.

Silver Pony Foot Vine drapes out from below the Geraniums. Upon close examination, the tiny leaves look like the bottoms of horse and pony hooves! This fun vine is painted with several shades of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White.

Mixes of Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD, Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson and Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD are used to block in the cheery Sunflowers.

After painting the broad leaves with mixtures of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium, the dark disc shaped centers of the large flowers are made using MUD + Liquin Original.

We’ve planted a bunch of Happy Flowers today! Their bright warm colors cause the cooler hues of the ocean to fall back, increasing the feeling of depth in the painting. We’ll be doing more construction work in our next session. I’m planning to have a VIDEO DEMONSTRATION showing how I paint the tile floor. COME FOLLOW ALONG!

With Colorful Smiles,


© Senkarik 2022


3 Responses to “Happy Flowers”

  1. Don Dillard Says:

    Looking good 👍👍👍👍👍🙏🙏🙏🙏❤️

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. bonnie haig Says:

    Hi Mikki, I really enjoy your posts. Your paintings are really lovely and I love that you tell us how you mix your beautiful colors! Thank you.

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