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November 21, 2019

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Trees, Trees and more Trees

November 20, 2019

The upper portion of the sky is painted first with a mix of White + Cobalt Blue. Closer to the horizon, in the dip between the mountains, a lighter combination of White + Pthalo Blue is used. Then the mountains are blocked in with several mixes of White + Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange and White + Ultramarine Blue.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Blocking in the Trees in the Background

As I mentioned previously the beautiful fishing spot is on a thin strip of land bordered by a serene lake on one side and a rollicking mountain brook on the other. Sunlight sparkles on the most distant part of the stream. Then the trees lining the bank, directly behind our group that’s fishing, cast long shadows across the rough rapids.

Dark tree trunks accentuate the light catching the tip and guides on the fishing pole Granddad is holding. I brace my left hand on the unpainted part of the canvas to steady my right in order to delineate the fine detail. You may enlarge the image to see this better, just click on the picture.

The foliage of the trees on this bank are painted with warmer greens made of several combinations of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Orange + White, Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + Lemon Yellow + White and Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + Lemon Yellow + White.

All of our trees are finished. Even at this point you can see how the warmer greens of the trees on the right come forward of the cooler ones in the background on the left. That’s all for today, I’ll be working on the lake in our next session, hope you’ll come watch! I’ll have a video showing how I paint the reflections. Thanks for visiting my studio! See you soon. HUGS,Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

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A Grand Time with the Grands

November 18, 2019

My newest commission is designed around this beautiful fishing spot hugged by the tumbling waters of a river and a quiet mountain lake. The painting will be a Christmas gift for the gentleman in the image above. The concept is for him to be enjoying a grand time fishing with his four grandchildren. His daughter sent me several pictures of the kids in various positions.

Using her pictures I was able to compose a family fishing scene incorporating Grandpa, the grand kids and Olaf, the dog!

Following my composition in the sketch I begin to lightly draw all of the figures on the blank canvas in pencil. The pictures are taped to my canvas so I can refer to them as I work. You may click on this or any of the other images to enlarge them. Sure makes it easier to see the details.

Paxton is the youngest. A thin oil wash made of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin is used to establish the shading on his face and clothing. At this point I’m not trying to achieve exact likenesses of everyone, just want to get the basic values delineated.

Taggert and Colt (the child I’m working on) are now sketched in. In the picture Virginia sent, Taggert was wearing a cap. She asked me to remove it so we’ll be able to see his red hair. Or as he calls it, “ORANGE”!

Olaf, the dog, is next!

Ainsley is the oldest. If you’ll notice in the image before the one directly above, her body is more upright. I decided to lean her back a little more to give her gesture extra action.

If you’ll look back to the very first picture you can see Grand dad has nothing in his right hand. In the painting he’s going to be holding a fishing rod so let’s get busy and draw that hand in!

The background is sketched in and we’re ready to begin painting in our next session. Hope you’ll come watch! 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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RIVER’S SONG

November 15, 2019

 

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Blocking in MAMA Bear!

Sunlight pours into the painting from the upper right. The forehead and bridge of the mother bear’s nose are highlighted with pure White.

White is also used to make the tiny catch light in Mama’s eye. You may enlarge the picture by clicking on the image to see this more clearly.

The sweet little cub is painted with the same mixtures used for her Mama. The color recipes are all explained in the VIDEO at the beginning. The dark rocks behind the baby accentuate the light on her back, shoulders and head.

Bears are finished, now let’s start on the water cascading down the falls….

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Falling Water and Upper Pond

Reflections of the dark rocks are pulled straight down into the water below them. The darker water in the lower pond is made with several combinations of Ultramarine Blue + Pthalo Blue + a touch of MUD + White and Pthalo Blue + Pthalo Turquoise Blue + a bit of MUD + White.

The canvas, still attached to the cardboard, is now laid flat on the taboret next to my easel. This makes it easier to paint the lower edge of the gallery wrap canvas. You can see the reference pictures for the waterfall on my laptop.

Jeana’s niece loves Lavender Lilies and Sunflowers. So we decided to let a couple of clumps of Daylilies grow along the left bank of the stream. The blossoms are mixtures of Dioxazine Purple + Magenta + White.

Sunflowers stand guard over the rock carved with the special message for Ashley!

“River’s Song”

If you listen carefully I bet you can hear the “River’s Song” serenading Mama Bear and her daughter as they enjoy the beautiful fall day. The wise mother knows winter is soon to come so she’s taking in all the warm sunshine she can. Thank you for all of your warm comments and encouragement; I REALLY appreciate you! With BIG BEAR HUGS,

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Painting Fall Foliage

November 13, 2019

 

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Fall Foliage

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Adding the Tree Trunks

The brilliant fall foliage in the background is finished, let’s begin painting the rocks tumbling down the slope. They are blocked in with several shades of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + a touch of Ultramarine Blue + White.

Rocks continue over the edge and on to the side of the gallery wrap canvas.

Strokes of Ultramarine Blue + White + a tiny bit of the rock color are added here and there. This helps to give the impression that the large boulders are wet from water splashing wildly from the fast running stream.

Jeana asked me to etch the saying “Love You Forever” into one of the boulders. This is accomplished using a fine liner brush dipped in a mix of MUD + Liquin. Please remember, you may click on this or any of the other images to see them larger.

She also requested that I add this Mother and Daughter design, along with the initials of her niece and her little girl.

We’ve got the background and rocks along the mountain stream done, I’ll be painting the Polar Bears in our next session. Come watch, I’ve NEVER painted these creamy white animals before. I’m planning on doing a video so we’ll see how they go! With Colorful Smiles,

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Drawing in the Rocky Stream

November 12, 2019

Now I begin blocking in the light and dark values of the rocks with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash made of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

The flat edge of the large Bright, or square, brush is used to establish the planes of the massive boulders. Turning the brush sideways allows me to make narrower shapes.

Lilies grow alongside the edge of the mountain stream. I make sure to label the flowers, I’ve been known to forget my initial plan in the excitement of painting!

A stand of Sunflowers flourishes on the right bank.

We’re ready to start applying opaque oil paint in our next session. I hope you’ll come back 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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Honor Our Veterans EVERY DAY!

November 11, 2019

In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of World War I. The end of the war happened at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, so that’s why November 11 was chosen. Accordingly, November 11, 1918, was considered the end of “the war to end all wars” and in 1938 it became an official holiday. But then World War II and the Korean War happened. So on June 1, 1954, Congress amended the commemoration by changing the word “ARMISTICE” to “VETERANS” in order to honor American veterans of all wars, whether they are living or dead.

I want to share a short poem by Joanna Fuchs, she says it so well.

The Best on Earth:
A Veteran’s Day Tribute

If someone has done military service,
They earn the title “veteran,” and more;
They earn our deep respect and admiration;
That they are special no one can ignore.

They sacrificed the comforts we enjoy;
The list is long of all the things they gave.
Our veterans are extraordinary people;
They’re loyal, dedicated, true and brave.

When terror and invasion were real threats,
They showed us they could handle any storm.
We owe our freedoms and our very lives
To our veterans, who served in uniform.

Our veterans should be celebrities;
They’re exceptional; no other group compares.
We’re grateful for the many things they’ve done;
They’re always in our hearts and in our prayers.

We owe our veterans support and friendship;
Let no one ever question what they’re worth.
These men and women served us and our country,
Our veterans–the very best on earth.

By Joanna Fuchs

 

So please take a moment to say a prayer for all of those who have and are currently serving in our armed forces. Always THANK A VETERAN; it just doesn’t have to be today. When you see someone in a uniform tell them how much you appreciate their sacrifices to protect our Freedoms here in America. Give them a smile and say, “Thanks for what you’re doing to keep us safe in the USA!” With Grateful Hugs,

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Gallery Wrap PREP!

November 8, 2019

I’m beginning another commission for Jeana. This is also on a gallery wrap canvas so I thought I’d show you how I attach it to the cardboard backing. The canvas is 14 inches by 14 inches, the piece of double ply cardboard is 18 inches by 18 inches. This will allow a 2 inch border all the way around the canvas, making it easy to handle the wet art. I’ve already attached the hanging wire and written the title, inventory control number and Jeana’s personal message on the back of the canvas with a Sharpie. The personalization is done on a white acrylic square I painted there previously. Screw eyes are then inserted on three sides of the stretcher bars. For a larger canvas I put them in all four sides. You may click on this or any of the other images to view enlargements.

Holes are made in the cardboard for the screw eyes to poke through. Nails inserted through them secure the canvas to the cardboard.

The cardboard is anchored at all three screw eyes using the same method. You may have noticed the extra holes, I’ve used this piece of cardboard before for other paintings.

A piece of tape is placed over each of the nails, this keeps them from accidentally falling out. As you can imagine, it would be disastrous if the painting fell off the cardboard while I was working on it!

Here’s my sketch for the next painting, can you believe MORE BEARS???????

Using images I found on Google.com for reference, I lightly sketch the bears on the canvas with pencil.

I’ve also indicated where the rocks will go. I’ll start sketching the composition with an oil wash in our next session. BUT SPEAKING OF BEARS…….

I was invited to attend a Baylor Bears Football Game by Jack’s and my dear friends Coach Grant and Donell Teaff. He was the Head Coach of the Bears for 21 seasons. His teams won two Southwest Conference titles and they appeared in eight bowl games. Coach Teaff was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001.

I got to sit in the Teaff’s suite at McLane Stadium in Waco where we had a wonderful view of the game and band. The game against West Virginia was on Halloween, all the musicians in the band wore cool costumes!

When Coach first started at Baylor in 1972 he contacted Jack to do a new bear image for the team. Donell and Grant proudly display Jack’s original Gold Leaf Painting in their suite.

Here’s Coach Teaff and Jack way back when! Brings a smile to my heart.

We had a great time and best of all Baylor pulled out a WIN, they are undefeated at 8 and 0! Not sure what it is with me and Bears lately but it’s fun! With more BIG BEAR HUGS,

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Peaceful Vista

November 6, 2019

The foreground flowers are painted with mixtures of Magenta + Dioxazine Purple + White and Magenta + White. The foliage, made of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium, is worked around the masses of Magenta helping to form the tall spiky blossoms. You may click on this or any of the other images to view them larger.

The outcropping of rocks at the base of the birch trees are blocked in with combinations in different proportions of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + White. A few strokes of Ultramarine Blue + White are made on the rocks to give the impression of dampness in the cool, mountain evening.

The canvas, still attached to the cardboard backing, is taken off the easel and placed on the taboret to the right of my painting setup. Laying the entire unit flat makes it easier to paint the lower edge of the gallery wrap canvas.  You can see how having the painting attached to the cardboard allows me to handle the wet art with ease. If you’d like to know how that was done CLICK HERE. The reference picture for the rocks is displayed on my laptop.

Now for the books. Jeana wanted to incorporated the saying, “Love you to the Moon and Back” somewhere in the painting. That presented a real conundrum for me. Finally an idea popped into my head, why not have some books left behind from a pleasant afternoon of reading?

Putting “And Back” on the spine of the second book seemed like a no brainer! The calligraphy on both volumes is pulled into the wet paint of the covers with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of Magenta + Liquin.

A family of bears, taking an early evening stroll, are painted with mixes of Ivory Black + White.

Can’t you just imagine the reader’s surprise when they looked up from reading and saw BEARS! I can certainly understand how the books were forgotten in their haste to get out of there. It appears the young bear on the left has spotted the books. He’s poking his dad and wants to come check them out!

“Peaceful Vista”

With the human intruder out of the picture the Bears and Cardinals have the “Peaceful Vista” all to themselves. Now they can enjoy the sunset over the mountain lake without any interruption! Thank you for all of your wonderful comments, my readers are THE BEST! With BIG BEAR HUGS,

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Cardinals and Daisies

November 4, 2019

The foliage of the birch trees has been blocked in with mixes of Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Light, Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Yellow Medium + a little MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson), Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Orange + MUD and Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD. The trunks are made with different combinations of White + MUD + Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange. Hearts, with the initials of Cori’s children, are carved into the birch trunks with a brush dipped in a thin oil mix of MUD + Liquin.

After the trunks are complete, I come back and finish the brilliant fall leaves. The paint is applied with extra texture. The thick detail of the leaves brings them forward of the smooth surface of the sky, which gives the piece even more depth. Smooth surfaces recede, Textured areas come forward.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the pair of Cardinals

The distant portion of the field is painted in cool greens made of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + a little Lemon Yellow + White. Some mixes of White + Pthalo Blue are also used.

Coming forward the field is blocked in with Lavenders and Blues that will comprise the darker shades of the white Daisies. I’m using mixtures of White + Dioxazine Purple, White + Ultramarine Blue and White + Pthalo Blue.

Darker greens are now worked into the masses of flower color to indicate the leaves of the Daisy plants. 

Centers of Cadmium Red Light + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Orange and Cadmium Yellow Medium are added. It’s beginning to look like a field of Daisies!

The petals of flowers illuminated by the moonlight are accentuated with pure White.

Flower field complete! In our next session we’ll work on the foreground and that family of Bears! Plus you’ll find out what those books are about. Hope you’ll come back! With Colorful Smiles,

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