Fall Garden Tour!

October 18, 2018

A SECRET SURPRISE commission is up on my easel right now, I don’t dare show it on the blog. Instead I’ve decided to share some pictures of our garden. In September we had a record amount of rainfall, the garden has totally transformed from its bedraggled, hot summer doldrums. The other morning I couldn’t believe it when I discovered one of the Irises had a flower! I thought they only bloomed in the spring.

The Butterfly Vine, covered in delicate yellow blossoms, is putting on a show!

The vine got its name from the seed pods which resemble butterflies! To view this, or any of the other images, larger just click on the picture.

That’s another Butterfly Vine by the deck on the right. Notice the flowers in the center bed, just below the arbor, they’re called “Blue Mist”.

And how cool is this? Since we’ve been talking about Butterflies, the Blue Mist is covered with beautiful Monarchs!

The fountain courtyard is such a pleasant retreat; a quiet place to take a break from painting, sit and listen to the music of the splashing water. The broad leaved plant on the right, a Tiger Tropicana Canna Lily, is a new addition to the garden this year. The yellow green foliage looks wonderful next to the purple Salvia.

Hummingbirds zip from flowers to feeders; a true delight to watch. My heart smiles when I’m out in the garden, enjoying the wonder of God’s beauty.

And last, but not least, I have finally painted the front door of the studio RED!!!!! No longer will collectors who visit  be disappointed that it doesn’t look like one of my paintings! I’ve already heard, “It’s ABOUT time” from several. With colorful smiles and happy hugs,

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Senkarik PRINTS!

October 14, 2018

I have to CROW a little bit! I don’t know if you realized it but I offer PRINTS on my website. Prices start at ONLY $27! I’ve ordered some of these for myself and they are beautiful, very high quality reproductions. There are three pages on my website to browse, enabling you to select just the right piece or pieces for your home. One of the coolest decorating trends right now is to group several smaller pieces together on a wall! I have collectors who even hang my artwork in their bathroom!

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All images are available in different formats from PRINTS on paper, canvas and wood. My pieces can even be printed on acrylic or metal panels! Also, you may order them framed or unframed. You have LOTS OF CHOICES, let your imagination run free.

These are just a few of the images available. AND…I’ve just added some new ones so if you’ve visited my PRINTS page before you need to check it out again. Prices begin at ONLY $27. These high quality reproductions of my paintings make wonderful gifts for someone special or maybe even for yourself. Remember, a Senkarik Artwork is a gift that brings smiles long after flowers and candy are gone!

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HAPPY SHOPPING! HUGS,

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The Spirit of Saint Junipero Serra Lives On

October 12, 2018

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting one of the Hummingbirds.

 

Salvia, or Mexican Bush Sage, provides a delicious treat for our Hummingbird friend. The tall blooms are painted with mixtures of Dioxazine Purple + White.

Day Lilies will grow in the foreground with the Salvia. But first, we must paint the sculpture of Saint Serra. Come watch……

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Blocking in the face of Saint Serra.

The basic block in of Saint Serra’s face is now refined. A fine liner brush is used to make the tiny details. You may click on the image to see it larger.

The Carmel Mission was the second mission that Saint Serra founded, Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala was the first. He holds a replica of one of the others he started, San Gabriel Arcangel. Established in 1771, it was the fourth of the nine California missions he set up. Eventually there were 21 in the entire chain of California Missions.

Another Ruby Throat Hummingbird dances in front of the sculpture.

Bright blooms of the Day Lilies are made of Cadmium Red Light + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Light + Cadmium Orange and Cadmium Orange. The long, strap-like leaves are mixtures of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow.

“The Spirit of Saint Serra Lives On”

I have one more step to do before the painting is complete. BUT….I have to wait until the paint on the sculpture is dry to touch before I can give it a final glazing. Working in collaboration with the Serra Club of Dallas has been really fun!  One of their main goals is to foster vocations in the Catholic Church, following in the footsteps of Saint Serra. Since they continue his legacy Ed thought the title “The Spirit of Saint Serra Lives On” would be just right for the painting! Thank you for following my blog and I appreciate all of your wonderful comments! HUGS,

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Completing the Mission

October 10, 2018

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Stained Glass Window

The Mission Window is finished. It’s a little bright right now, but I’ll wait until the painting is complete to worry about it. When all of the colorful flowers in the foreground are done the stained glass may not appear to be quite as brilliant. Please remember, you may click on the pictures to enlarge them.

Saint Serra’s cross is delineated after the portion of the tower behind it is painted.

Sunlight, pouring over the roof on the left, skips across the stonework of the columns and facade around the massive doors at the front of the sanctuary.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Palm Trees

Ed asked if I would add some Hummingbirds. This one will be sipping nectar from Salvia blossoms that are to grow here shortly.

Magenta Bougainvilleas are planted at the base of the Palms in the far corner. Then, working carefully around my sketch of the Hummingbird, I paint the light and shadow pattern on the courtyard floor.

Inlays separating the large sections of the courtyard floor are drawn into the wet paint.

Daylilies have sprung up along the courtyard at the left. Mixtures of Cadmium Red Light + Alizarin Crimson and Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson were used for the cheery blossoms. That little Hummingbird is just a white spot in the floor right now. I hope you’ll visit our studio again and watch him come to life in our next session. HUGS,

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Majestic Monterey Cypress Trees

October 8, 2018

Application of opaque oil paint begins in the sky. The blue field of the sky is painted with two mixes: White + Cobalt Blue and a lighter combination of White + Pthalo Blue. White canvas is left for where the clouds will be. The shadow portion of the clouds is covered first with a mixture of White + MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson). Please keep in mind as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to view them larger.

Highlights on the clouds are made of White + a touch of Alizarin Crimson + a bit of Cadmium Red Light. The Carmel Mission is very close to the ocean; many mornings the area is covered in fog. When the sun breaks through and the fog rolls back, the dissipating clouds are brushed with sun warmed pinks and oranges.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Monterey Cypress Trees behind the Mission

While the sky is still wet I soften the edges of the sculpture in the foreground. This will help to give the feeling of “roundness” to the figure.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Work begins on the Bell Tower

The bells in the tower are different sizes, allowing them to peal in a variety of tones.

The bell tower on the left is complete, construction will begin on the rest of the Mission in our next session! Hope you’ll come visit our studio again and watch the progress! HUGS,

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UPDATE!

October 5, 2018

Just a little update on the Limited Original hand embellished giclee of “Take Home a Bunch”. My collector decided the solid Maroon awning was a bit plain, she asked if I would add white stripes.

Here are the two versions side by side. I think Judy’s decision was great, the stripes make this painting so much livelier. Especially since it’s going in her kitchen, she’ll be greeted with a “Billboard of Happiness” each morning as she comes in to make her coffee.

UPDATE NUMBER TWO! Finally painted our front door RED!!!!!! Now our little home/studio looks like one of my paintings. Our collectors who have visited here were disappointed that we didn’t have a red door. WELL, now we do!

Speaking of “Billboards of Happiness”, I’m starting on a commission for our collector who coined that expression! Ed bought his first Senkarik in 1995 from Marcus Gallery in Santa Fe. He contacted Jack and me soon thereafter and told us my paintings were “Billboards of Happiness”. Jack immediately made Ed our Official TEAM SENKARIK Captain and we’ve used the slogan ever since! Ed’s new painting is of the Carmel Mission and Father Serra, the Franciscan Priest who established the first 9 of the 21 California Missions.

The basic outline of the composition has been lightly drawn in pencil. Then I begin washing in the trees with a thin oil mixture of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

Next the shadows on the Mission are blocked in.

The uniquely shaped window over the door is covered with a mix of Alizarin Crimson + Liquin. Washed over the white canvas, the mixture gives a beautiful luminosity to the stained glass.

Moving to the sculpture of Father Serra I delineate the planes of his face.

The shapes of the Salvia and Daylilies nestled at the base of the sculpture are quickly drawn in.

The initial oil wash sketch on the canvas is finished, we’re ready to start applying oil paint. Hope you’ll come back for our next session and follow along. 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.

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Embellishing “Take Home a Bunch”

October 3, 2018

Today I’m working on embellishing one of my Limited Original giclees, “Take Home a Bunch”. This image shows the piece before I’ve done any painting at all. The coolest thing about our Limited Original Giclees is I can personalize the artwork especially for the collector. Every piece is part of a very limited edition, this particular one is only 25. However by extra painting, adding special touches and changing colors on each one they become an original within the edition. That’s how Jack came up with the term “Limited Originals”. Our Limited Originals offer a more affordable option to add a personalized piece of art to your collection. If you would like me to personalize a Limited Original especially for you please contact me in the comments section.

The first step is to glaze the shutters, window sash and door with a thin oil wash of Ultramarine Blue + Liquin. Judy collects Wedgewood China, the Ultramarine Blue will compliment her collection perfectly. I’m just finishing up the shutters by the window. Notice the difference between these on the left and those on the far right. The door and shutters on that side have not been glazed. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to view them larger.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Repainting the Awning

Judy and her husband are Texas A&M fans, so we’re making the red and white striped awning Aggie Maroon.

The flowers over the window and awning are repainted with mixes of Permanent Rose + White, Cadmium Orange + Permanent Rose + White and Cadmium Red Light + White. The paint is applied with heavy brush stokes to give lots of texture.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Adding More Sunflowers

I’m changing the Geraniums on the back of the bicycle to Sunflowers.

The sunlit petals of the Daisies are now highlighted with Pure White.

God recently took Judy’s mother, Mary, home to Heaven. So I’m personalizing the bicycle with her name.

The Nasturtiums by the front door were originally a deep, rusty orange. Since Burnt Orange is the team color of the Texas Longhorns, the Aggie’s main rival, I paint over the flowers with deep Reds and Maroons.

The Lilies have been enhanced with cool Whites made of White + Ultramarine Blue and White + Dioxazine Purple. Then the pink Petunias, cascading out of the wall planter, are repainted with Permanent Rose + White. Take a moment and compare this with the first image of the unembellished giclee. This is like those little quizzes we took as kids, can you point out all the differences? Please keep in mind, I would be very happy to personalize a Limited Original especially for you. All you have to do is contact me in the comments section. HUGS,

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Winter’s Glory

September 30, 2018

Painting the house begins at the far end. I let shadows of trees out of the picture fall across the garage and second story here. Covering this part of the home in cooler shadows makes it recede. The washed in areas of the windows are now dry; it’s easy to draw the window sashes over the dark with a fine liner brush. You may click on the images to view them larger.

The snow on the porch roof is painted with a mix of White + Ultramarine Blue. Then the closest edge is accented with Pure White which makes it appear to come forward.

White is added to some of the background tree mixtures to use for the comfortable chair on the front porch. I make it a bit more tan than it is in reality so it won’t disappear into the wall behind.

The sunlit portion of the closest part of the home is painted with a warm white made of White + a tiny touch of Cadmium Orange. The warmth makes the house stand out from all of the cool whites of the snow. Painting a white home in a snowy landscape is a challenge. To successfully do this a wide range of warm and cool Whites are necessary.

The shutters are made of Viridian Green + a bit of Phtalo Blue + White.

When I had the painting to this point I received an email from my collector. She said that very morning the Evergreen Tree and large bush on the far right of the painting had been cut down! Sooooo, have to regroup and figure out the architecture of the garage behind the tree and bush!

While I’m planning what to do on the garage I go ahead and work on the chimney. Mixes of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Alizarin Crimson + a bit of Cadmium Orange + White are used for the red brick. I love the rusted iron farm implement hung on the chimney. I think it may be a cutting blade from harvesting equipment.

Terry said the garage has two openings. We decided it would also be a good idea to take out the white house next door. Removing the large dark tree and bush affects the balance of the painting. So I add some dark evergreens behind the garage to bring some heaviness to the right side of the piece. I also have to extend the garage a little farther to the right than it actually is. But if it is any shorter the painting would feel lopsided to the left side.

“Winter’s Glory” 

Tree shadows stream across the short bushes along the drive and porch roof. Examining the original photo I realized the large deciduous tree is on the other side of the drive. I tuck it behind the distant end of the garage and we are done. I really enjoy the ideas my collectors come up with, they make me stretch and grow as an artist. It’s been a fun challenge changing this stately home from Summer’s Beauty to “Winter’s Glory”! Thank you for following my blog! HUGS,

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BRRRRRR!

September 28, 2018

Our session today begins with painting the sky. The lowest portion is made with a mixture of White + Pthalo Blue, while the uppermost region is a darker mix of White + Cobalt Blue. Since the house and snow are white the sky is made darker in value than I usually do in order to offer more contrast. The oil wash drawing is completely dry so I can paint “Sky Holes” into the trees without picking up any of the sketch color on my brush and muddying the brilliance of the sky.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Distant Trees

The large, bare tree to the right of the home is painted wet-into-wet over the sky. This allows me to soften the ends of the branches into the blue background.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Snow

After adding a little more detail to the rock wall, I use some of that same color for the part of the front steps peeking out of the snow. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to view them larger.

Snow covered bushes along the front of the house are now painted.

The mailbox is made of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. The support post is mixtures of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + White. Snow covers the rounded top of the mailbox.

Snow DONE! We’ll work on the house in our next session, I hope you’ll come watch! HUGS,

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Challenge for a Southern Girl

September 27, 2018

Starting a new commission today that’s a real challenge. My collector asked me to paint this home as a gift for friends who live there. BUT…..Terry would like this to be changed from summer time to the middle of winter! That’s a huge leap for a Southern girl who has avoided cold weather, and especially snow, all of her life! Give me sugar sand instead of white snow any day!

The basic outline of the home has been drawn up in pencil on a canvas that was primed with white acrylic. I had make sure to adjust for the distortions of the camera. Notice how the house and chimney on the left is leaning toward the right in the top photo. Using a thin oil mixture of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin the shapes of the trees are washed in with a large Bright brush. You may click on this, or any of the other images, if you’d like to see them larger.

The same mix is used to establish the shadow patterns on the house.

The upright mailbox is a nice element that acts to break the long line of the rock wall in front of the house.

Windows are washed in with both the MUD + Liquin mix and another of Ultramarine Blue + Liquin.

Crisp Viridian Green shutters and large evergreen trees provide dark accents. Our initial value sketch on the canvas is complete; we’ll begin applying opaque oil paint in our next session. 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.

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