Posts Tagged ‘Painting Flowers’

The Song of Spring

March 17, 2015

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We’ll start with the Coreopsis in the lower right. My mixtures are #1. Cadmium Orange + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Yellow Medium. #2. Mix #1 with extra Cadmium Yellow Medium added. #3. Cadmium Yellow Medium + a touch of MUD. #4. Pure Cadmium Yellow Medium. #5. Cadmium Yellow Medium + Lemon Yellow. #6. Three mixes in different proportions of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. Isn’t it amazing the variety of hues you can achieve with a limited number of colors?

The video above shows how the Coreopsis are blocked in: Flowers First, Leaves Last. If the video screen doesn’t show up then please click on the link to watch. I’m not sure why the screen is not coming up, maybe one of my computer savvy readers will know the answer.

Painting the Coreopsis continues in this video. You’ll have to click on the link above to view this step.

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I pull out a special color for the Salvia, Dioxazine Purple. Mixed with White in several different proportions it makes a nice soft lavender that nestles beautifully with the surrounding greens.

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A different sequence is used to block in the Penstemon. Since the flowers sway on tall stems above the foliage, the leaves are painted first.

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Then the thick paint of the fiery Cadmium Red Light flowers is gently “Laid” on top of the background color. I have to be careful to not pick up any of the underlying paint on my brush as the blossoms are delineated, the greens will dull the red.

SC1115 The Song of Spring 30x40The Song of Spring      30 inches x 40 inches     Original Oil Painting

AND…….The Song of Spring is done! Please remember, to view any of the pictures larger just CLICK on the image. The Song of Spring will have to dry a few days and then it will be off to its new home 🙂 Thanks for following my blog. Hope you’ll visit again soon. Hugs,

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Painting Bluebonnets

March 15, 2015


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Well, I meant to get this posted last night but it takes a little longer to do my blog with the videos. However, I think it is worth the extra time involved. So let’s get with it! Today we’re painting our Texas State Flower, Bluebonnets. My paint is mixed and ready to go. #1. Ultramarine Blue + a touch of Dioxazine Purple + White. #2 and #3. Different proportions of Ultramarine Blue + White. #4 and #5. Two shades of Cobalt Blue + White. These mixes will be used for the Bluebonnets in the foreground, it’s more intense than the Ultramarine Blue mixtures and will advance. Here is another one of those simple rules that help to give the appearance of depth in a painting: Intense Colors Come Forward, Duller Colors Go Back. The recipes for the leaves are #6. Different mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. #7. A light and dark shade of Pthalo Blue + White.

The Bluebonnets are painted Flowers First, Leaves Last.

Now grass and foliage is blocked in.

White and pink wildflowers in the distance are added. The White flowers are really a soft blue made of White + Ultramarine Blue while the pink Primroses are Magenta + White.


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The greens of the leaves and stems are worked around the blossoms, helping to shape them.

The final step on the Bluebonnets, adding the little white “caps” on top of the blossoms. Those in the distance are made with White + a touch of Ultramarine Blue. This makes the White a little cooler so it recedes. Those in the foreground are Pure White.

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TA DA! The Bluebonnets are finished and I’ve blocked in a few of the rocks lining the little brook. Thanks for following along today, I really appreciate you 🙂 Hugs,

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Immersed in Spring

July 28, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASG4913 Immersed in Spring step 1Beautiful Spring! The earth wakes up and flowers come alive. Our front patio overflows with Red Corn Poppies, Bluebonnets, Laura Bush Petunias, Mexican Bush Sage, Salvia Greggi and fragrant Mountain Laurel. A quick sketch is made to compose my idea. I decided to move some California Poppies from another area to the foreground of this piece. You may click on any of the images to view them larger.

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The basic plan is drawn up on the canvas in a thin oil wash. I extend the rock wall to fill the entire left corner because the adobe color will make a nice neutral backdrop for the brilliant chair and flowers. Then I begin painting the Mountain Laurel, Flowers First, Leaves Last.

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I’ve decided not to include the Red Salvia Greggi, instead filling the background with the purples of the Mountain Laurel and Mexican Bush Sage. These cool colors will drop back behind the chair and the warmer, more intense flowers in the foreground.

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The Petunias are blocked in with mixes of Magenta + Permanent Rose + White and Permanent Rose + White. Working near the edges I continue the design onto the sides.

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The flowers of the Red Corn Poppies are added, then California Poppies bring a bright blast of warmth to the foreground.

SG4913 Immersed in Spring 14x14Immersed in Spring     14″ x 14″    Original Oil Painting

I love sitting in this little courtyard totally Immersed in Spring, enveloped by the fragrance of the Petunias and Mountain Laurels.

SG4913 Immersed in Spring 14x14 Sides 1SG4913 Immersed in Spring 14x14 Sides 2Immersed in Spring is another one of my paintings for our annual Collector Event at the Santa Fe Art Collector Gallery, 217 Galisteo Street. We’ll be there August 30 and 31. Hope you can come. If you would like to RSVP for the Collector Gala at 4PM on Saturday or want to receive a catalog of the show paintings just email us at We’ll send the catalog out about a week before the show, I still have a lot of pieces to paint 🙂

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Happy Hollyhocks

May 19, 2013

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Let’s move to the clump of Hollyhocks nestled behind the water feature. The large blossoms are blocked in with mixes of Magenta + Dioxazine Purple + White.

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Painting the foliage around the purple areas helps to shape the individual flowers. Then I add their deep centers with Magenta mixed with Liquin.

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Delineating the characteristic tall stems and seed pods of the Hollyhocks finish out these happy flowers. Some of the yellow from the chair was used for the stamens in the centers of the blossoms.

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The Daisies in the container are blocked in with Lavenders, Blues and Aquas. This mass of color will provide the shadows of the White flowers.

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The leaves of the Daisies are painted, then centers and highlights are added on the individual flowers. The rocks of the water feature are made of mixes of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) is added to the mixtures for the dark shadows. A few strokes of Ultramarine Blue + White are made on the rocks where reflected light from the water illuminates them. Have a great day. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

A Friendly Gecko

May 18, 2013

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I love geckos and am so glad Cathy requested one for her painting. The base color of the tile is painted first, then I add the design. Bracing my wrist on a mahl stick to steady my hand I paint the little lizard with Magenta + Liquin. What is a mahl stick? CLICK HERE to find out.

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The shadow on the tile helps to cool it and make it drop into the background.

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The yellow chair adds a bright, cheery touch to the corner by the door. Sunlight spilling over the Trumpet Vine lights the upper posts of the back and the front edge of the seat.

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Geraniums are some of my favorite flowers, a fact which I’m sure my regular readers can confirm. They certainly are regulars in our garden and show up in a lot of my paintings. The Reds of the blossoms are blocked in to begin with; following my usual sequence of Flowers First, Leaves Last. The green leaves on the right were done when I painted the side of the canvas and the Alkyd Oils are now dry.

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This is a good place to see how well the Alkyd Oil paints match the regular Oils. The foliage on the left is made with regular Oil Paints, mixed from various combinations of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow. Can you see any difference from the leaves on the right? Highlighting the petals and adding flower buds are the finishing details on the Geraniums. A few petals have fallen to the ground in a gentle breeze that drifted through the courtyard. That does it for today, hope you’ll come back tomorrow. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik


Adobe Walls and Trumpet Vine

May 16, 2013

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Work on the front of the canvas begins by blocking in the adobe building. My paint mixes of various combinations of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White are laid out on the palette. MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) is added to make the darker shadow mixtures. To learn more about our Double Primary Palette Mixing System CLICK HERE.

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The light areas of the wall are now painted. To enlarge any of these pictures just click on the image.

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The large, brightly colored mass of the Trumpet Vine is blocked in with combinations of Cadmium Red Deep, Cadmium Red Light and Cadmium Orange.

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The green leaves are worked in and around the Red-Orange flowers, helping to give them shape. I also paint the Vigas protruding out from the adobe wall. When they are finished I’ll let a few leaves and blossoms drape down over them.

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Highlights are added to the blossoms, leaves and trucks, finishing out the Trumpet Vine. Thanks for following along today, hope you’ll come back soon. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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