California Poppies spill out of the rectangular container. They were blocked in first with mixes of Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson, Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Light and pure Cadmium Orange. Then foliage, made of several combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White, is painted around the masses of Orange in order to help shape to the flowers. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any image to see an enlargement.

The Poppies were finished by delineating their deep centers with a mix of Alizarin Crimson + Liquin Original. Now, I’m blocking in the leaves of the Penstemon in the adjoining pot. This is done first because the tall spikes of the blooms tower above the foliage.

The Cadmium Red petals of the Penstemon glow against the warm greens of the Ptahlo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium leaves.

Turning my attention to the Wisteria, the twining vines are highlighted with some of the color remaining from the tile floor. Bracing against the mahl stick that is hooked over the top of my easel steadies my hand as I add the fine details.

Cheerful Sunflowers are blocked in with Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson), Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD + Cadmium Orange and pure Cadmium Yellow Medium.

The broad leaves of the Sunflowers have been made with combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + Lemon Yellow. Silver Ponyfoot Vine, painted with mixes left over from the foliage of the Poppies, cascades out from under the bright Yellow blossoms.

The distinctive large centers of the Sunflowers are added with MUD + Liquin Original.

Hollyhock blossoms are first blocked in with mixtures of White + Dioxazine Purple, White + Ultramarine Blue and White + Phtalo Blue + a touch of Lemon Yellow. The foliage is painted next, using mixes of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow.

Pure White is used to highlight the sun-washed blossoms lining the tall stalks dancing in the gentle breeze.


During our spring in the Hill Country of Texas, God paints the landscape with His beautiful wildflowers. His “CARESS OF SPRING” makes my heart jump for joy! I think that little Turquoise Gecko on the tile by the door is doing the same! I truly appreciate you following along with me on this painting. With Joyful Hugs,


© Senkarik 2022

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