Year of the Family

July 13, 2014

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The foal is painted with mixes of Cadmium Orange + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White. The light and shadow patterns are established first.

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Anyone who has ever been around horses knows the soft, velvety feel of their muzzle. Since the foal has a blaze I use a mixture of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White here. Please remember, you can enlarge any of the pictures by clicking on the image.

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The white on the foal’s left front leg brings it forward of his body. The shadow on his shoulder and barrel will accentuate the light-colored rabbit.

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The fluffy, little bunny is painted with some of the mixtures left over from the mare. I just add a bit more White and MUD into them.

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Our little group is on Bluebonnet covered hill overlooking a field of Sunflowers. The final step is to finish out the lush White capped, Cobalt Blue flowers. I debated for a while on a title for this piece. But Jack, the official namer of this organization, came through again. He said it’s a portrait using the Chinese symbols for the year each member of the family was born. Why don’t you call it “The Year of the Family”? I love it. What do you think? It’s been fun painting horses again, I want to say thank you to our collector for asking me to do this. AND…. I certainly do appreciate you following along. Hugs,

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Working on Mama

July 12, 2014

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Today’s session begins by blocking in the Bluebonnets and grass around our little family. I pull out a special color, Cobalt Blue, for our state flower here in Texas.

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Now, let’s start on the horses! The basic colors of the mare are various mixtures of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + more Ultramarine Blue + White.

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I Brace my wrist on the mahl stick to steady my hand as I delineate the eye. Since the light is coming from the upper left the catch light is placed about 11 o’clock at the edge of the pupil. The light then illuminates the iris on the opposite side. To see this better you can enlarge the image by clicking on the picture.

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Ivory Black is used for the mane and legs of the bay mare. A little Pthalo Blue + White is mixed into the Ivory Black for the highlights. The next time you see a lady with long black hair observe how the highlights go toward the blue tones. This also holds true for black on animals.

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Mama is done. Thanks for following along today, hope you’ll come back and watch as I finish up the colt and rabbit. Hugs,

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Painting Forward

July 11, 2014

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My usual approach to starting a piece is to “Paint Forward”. This means I begin with the sky, it sets the lighting for the painting. Moving forward the most distant mountains are painted with Ultramarine Blue + White. The coolness of the blue makes them fall back. Then the closer ridge is completed. The Live Oak Trees are painted over the sky and mountains. Working into the wet paint behind them allows me to make the edges soft and feathery.

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The field of Sunflowers is blocked in with muted Yellows made of different proportions of Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White. Then the  foliage is painted around the yellow, helping to shape the blossoms.

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Dark centers are now added. It’s amazing how this simple touch immediately turns the blobs of yellow into Sunflowers. If you would like to see this or any of the other images enlarged just click on the picture.

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The muted greens of the Live Oaks are the complementary color of the Rooster’s comb and wattles. This makes the Red appear much more intense than if there was just blue sky in the background.

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The lighter value of the sunflowers helps to define the dark body and tail feathers of the Rooster perched on the Mare’s rump. We’ll start on the horses in our next session. Hope you’ll come watch. Hugs,

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A Family Portrait with a Little Different Twist

July 10, 2014

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One of our long time collectors contacted us with a special request. He wanted me to paint a portrait of his family. But not the usual photographic likenesses, the twist was to design a composition based on the Chinese symbol of the year of their birth. What a cool idea! This is one of the main reasons I love collaborating with our collectors, it makes me think out of the box.

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Mom and one of the sons were born in the year of the horse. A Mare and foal was the perfect solution. Dad is a Rooster, the other son a Rabbit. Ted loved the initial sketch, now I draw the basic plan up on the canvas in a thin oil wash.

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Since Jennifer is a Texan I’m putting a couple of massive Live Oak Trees in the distance.

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She also loves Sunflowers and Bluebonnets so both will be incorporated into the landscape.

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We’re all sketched up! We’ll begin painting in our next session. Thanks for following my blog. If you would like to receive an email every time I publish a new post please feel free to subscribe to my blog. CLICK THIS LINK and scroll to the upper right side of the page. You will see a heading EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS. Just enter your email address and click the button “Sign me up!”  It’s easy. And if you enjoy my blog please CLICK the FaceBook LIKE Button. As we say in Texas, “Much Obliged!

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Market Day in Provence

July 7, 2014

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It’s so much fun designing two paintings that can hang individually or as a pair. The two pieces for my eBay auction are sketched up at the same time as if they are one painting.

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I work from the background to the foreground. The most distant elements: the sky, bluffs and azure Mediterranean water are painted first. Then the ancient rock building is constructed. If you would like to see this or any of the other pictures larger just click on the image.

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Chili Peppers and Red Orange Trumpet Vine cascade down over the rough stone. Wouldn’t it be cool is those old walls could talk? What wonderful stories they would share!

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The arched window is painted with mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. Then a large wicker basket is added, just waiting to be filled with fresh citrus.

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The pink Rose of Sharon tumbles over on both pieces, acting as a bridge to tie the two together. Next the Oranges, Onions, Carrots and bundles of Lavender are delineated.

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 To Go Directly to the Auction CLICK HERE.

SF5614 High Above the Cote d' Azur 10x10High Above the Cote d’Azur     Original Oil Painting

Eze, France is an intriguing, hilltop village on the coast of Provence. The views are incredible, you feel as if you’re balancing on top of the world. Enjoy the serenity of this pleasant courtyard filled with the music of a bubbling fountain, High Above the Cote d’Azur. Let this original Senkarik Embryo offer a swash of relaxation every time you view it on your wall!

SF5714 Fresh from the Farm 10x10Fresh From the Farm    Original Oil Painting

Don’t you love open air markets? This one is a favorite of ours, bringing memories of the beautiful region of Provence. I can remember as vividly as if it was yesterday savoring a sweet plug from an orange Fresh From the Farm. The scent of Lavender filled the air, tickling our senses with it’s heady fragrance. Bring a touch of the south of France to your home or office with this little gem.

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Each piece measures 6 inches x 6 inches. And don’t worry about framing them, these little gems painted on panels with 1 1/2 inch finished sides are ready to hang as soon as you unpack them. The auctions are staggered 7 minutes apart so you can win one or both Original Oil Paintings for your home or office. AND…..If you win the TWO EMBRYOS we will give you FREE SHIPPING!

BUT HURRY, the first auction ends Tuesday, July 8 at 8 PM Texas (Central) Time.

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Happy 4th of July

July 4, 2014

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I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!

Our flag is so beautiful, it makes my heart sing. It’s a great privilege to live in the United States of America.  God Bless all of the Military personnel who are protecting America and our Freedom. Thanks to them, their families and the sacrifices they’ve made, we can celebrate the 4th of July.  So while you are having a good time, cooking out and watching fireworks please take a moment to say a prayer for our country and our servicemen. They have given so much so we can live in the United States of America. Have fun today and enjoy your Freedom. HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

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Splendor of Santorini

June 26, 2014

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Santorini is truly a special place. Perched high on the cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea you feel as if you can see into tomorrow! After sketching my basic plan on the panel for this week’s eBay piece, I begin painting the sky.

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I follow a simple rule that helps give depth to the painting: Muted colors go back. Intense, Bright colors come forward. The ocean is painted with muted blues toward the horizon line, the color of the water becomes more intense closer to the foreground. I paint the distinctive blue dome with mixes in different proportions of Cobalt Blue + White.

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I love painting the geometric planes of the church building. Various mixes of White + Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange are used. A little MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) is added for the darker shadows.

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The entire surface of the stone floor is blocked in first. Then I come back and draw the wide grout joints into the wet paint.

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Santorini is very dry. You find agave everywhere, growing out of cracks and crevices in the stone. Combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White are perfect for the wide, fleshy leaves.

SF5214 Splendor of Santorini 10x10Splendor of Santorini   10″ x 10″   Original Oil Painting

With white buildings, blue domes, brilliant hot pink bougainvilleas and endless views of the ocean the islands of Greece are magical. Enjoy the Splendor of Santorini every time you view this Senkarik Original Oil Painting on your wall. Or perhaps someone special in your life has been to Greece; gift them with a memory catcher that will bring warm remembrances for years to come.

To go directly to the auction CLICK HERE.

SF5214 Splendor of Santorini 10x10 with tape

Splendor of Santorini measures 10″ x 10″ and would retail in our galleries for $490. But to make it more fun we are starting the bidding on the auction at 1 cent. That’s right, ONLY A PENNY! But you’ll need to act quickly, the auction ends, Sunday, June 29 at 8 PM Central Time! And don’t worry about doing any framing, Splendor of Santorini is painted on a panel with 1 1/2″ finished sides. You can take the EMBRYO out of the box and hang it directly on your wall. We even provide the hanger and nail!

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HAPPY BIDDING and HUGS,

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The Enhancement of Sunflower Serenade

June 25, 2014

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Finished up our latest gardening project this morning. I had planted Zinnia seeds in the center of the raised bed to go with the Sweet Potato Vine and Purple Heart. But they never popped up. Jack knew I was so disappointed, he suggested we go buy some Zinnia plants. Well…..don’t ever send me to the nursery to get just one thing. I’m like a kid at Baskin Robbins, I saw all kinds of goodies. Came home with Zinnias, Blanket Flowers, Cone Flowers and Helenium! What do you think?

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Am working on another Limited Original for the same collector. This one is for her mother who loves Sunflowers. The unenhanced giclee is shown above.

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Like on Unforgettable Elegance I glaze several areas of the piece first. The Lavender fields in the distance are glazed with Dioxazine Purple + Liquin.

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Judy’s mom is also a Texas A&M fan. So the Poppies in the foreground are glazed with a maroon mixture made of Alizarin Crimson + Magenta + Liquin.

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The large blossoms of the Sunflowers are now painted with heavy brushstrokes. I like to add lots of texture to the happy flowers. If you would like to see this or any of the other images larger just click on the picture.

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Coming back to the Red Corn Poppies in front of the Sunflowers. Maroon mixed of Alizarin Crimson + Magenta + White is used for the shadow areas. Thick brushstrokes of Cadmium Red Medium make the highlights on the papery blossoms.

LO Sunflower Serenade 1-49 24x30Sunflower Serenade     24″ x 30″   Limited Original

Highlighting the Daisies in the foreground with pure White completes the Limited Original of Sunflower Serenade. Why do we call them Limited Originals? Each piece is one of a limited edition but no two can be embellished exactly. Therefore Jack came up with the name, Limited Original. Thanks for following my blog. If you would like to receive an email every time I publish a new post please feel free to subscribe to my blog. CLICK THIS LINK and scroll to the upper right side of the page. You will see a heading EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS. Just enter your email address and click the button “Sign me up!”  It’s easy. And if you enjoy my blog please CLICK the FaceBook LIKE Button. As we say in Texas, “Much Obliged!

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Embellishing Unforgettable Elegance

June 23, 2014

 

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Before we get started today I just want to share Sissie’s newest favorite place to sleep. The microwave cart in our kitchen is just to the side of the window overlooking a bird feeder. Watching our resident cardinals, blue jays and finches wore her out, she had to take a little catnap!

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I’m embellishing a giclee of my original oil painting Unforgettable Elegance. The un-enhanced image is shown above. The giclee is taped to a piece of double ply cardboard to paint on it.

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The giclees tend to be a bit blue when we get them from our printer. So my first step is to glaze certain areas to enhance the color. #1. Turquoise Blue + Liquin. #2. Magenta + Liquin. #3. Burnt Sienna + Liquin. #4. Ultramarine Blue + Liquin. #5. Pthalo Blue + Liquin. #6. Alizarin Crimson + Magenta + Liquin.

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The water is glazed with mixture #4 in the distance near the horizon. Mix #5 is used for the middle portion. The brightest water closest to the foreground is glazed with mix #1. The floor has been covered with mix #3, making it warmer and richer.

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Our collectors are Texas A&M Fans, the school colors are Maroon and White. Judy asked me to change the Purple flowers to Maroon. NO PROBLEM. To begin the transformation I glaze them with Mixture #6.

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The door is completely repainted with light and dark mixes of Ultramarine Blue + Pthalo Blue + White.

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After painting the foliage I come back and use opaque mixtures of Alizarin Crimson + White to delineate the flowers of the Maroon Vine. Thick brushstrokes are used to add lots of texture.

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The Sunflowers have been repainted, now I accentuate the Cadmium Red blossoms of the Geraniums.

LO Unforgetable Elegance 4-49 30x36Unforgettable Elegance      Limited Original     #4/49

Painting the Zinnias dancing in the lower right corner finishes up the embellishment of Unforgettable Elegance. Can you see a difference from the un-enhanced version shown at the beginning? Thank you for following along today. Hugs,

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Sunny Primaries

June 21, 2014

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Santa Fe courtyards are so quaint! Wouldn’t you love to start your day opening this gate and venturing out into the world? As usual I begin by sketching my basic idea up on the canvas.

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Recently one of our readers asked what I do first in a painting. Almost always I “Paint Forward”. This means blocking in the most distant elements to begin with, here it’s the background. Then the adobe wall is painted. She also inquired about the sequence of painting a chair. I carefully work the adobe color around the sketch of the Southwest style chair.

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Blocking in the Wisteria, I don’t want to cover over my drawing of the chair.

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A mahl stick is used to steady my hand as I delineate the details of the latch on the red gate.

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Now to the happy sun face tile. The entire white portion of the tile is painted first. Then I come back and add the design.

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The White Daises residing in the Ultramarine Blue container are completed before work begins on the sunny yellow chair. I use mixes in different proportions of Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Orange + a touch of MUD for the shadows. Pure Cadmium Yellow Medium is used for the sunlit portions.

SF5014 Sunny Primaries 10x10Sunny Primaries   10″ x 10″   Original Oil Painting

We saw this wonderful little sun face tile in Greece. It’s the perfect touch juxtaposed next to the primary colors of the red gate, blue ceramic containers and yellow chair. Let this happy garden setting splash the Sunny Primaries into your home or office.

SF5014 Sunny Primaries 10x10 with tape

Sunny Primaries measures 10″ x 10″ and would retail in our galleries for $490. But to make it more fun we are starting the bidding on the auction at 1 cent. That’s right, ONLY A PENNY! But you’ll need to act quickly, the auction ends tomorrow, Sunday, June 22 at 8 PM Central Time! And don’t worry about doing any framing, Sunny Primaries is painted on a panel with 1 1/2″ finished sides. You can take the EMBRYO out of the box and hang it directly on your wall. We even provide the hanger and nail!

CLICK HERE to go directly to my auction.

HAPPY BIDDING and HUGS,

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