A Quiet Conversation

March 13, 2018

The Southwestern style bench is painted with mixes of Pthalo Turquoise Blue + White. The darkest mix has just a touch of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) added in. Shadows are painted first, then the sunlit portions.

It’s fun to make the little details that say, “Hey, this is Santa Fe!” Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

The blossoms of the Petunias are blocked in with combinations of Permanent Rose + White, Permanent Rose + Cadmium Red Light + White, Cadmium Red Light and Cadmium Orange.

The Petunia’s bright green leaves are various mixes of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow.

Sunlight illuminates the cacti in the stone planter directly behind the front portion of the burro, accentuating his head and neck.


A blue and white striped blanket provides padding for the burro’s heavy load of golden Sunflowers.

Like the Petunias, the Sunflowers are blocked in FLOWERS FIRST, LEAVES LAST. Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD, Cadmium Yellow Medium and Cadmium Yellow Medium + Lemon Yellow are used.

Leaves are mixtures of Ultramarine Blue + Lemon Yellow. This makes a duller, warmer green than the Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow combination used for the Petunias.

Large centers are painted directly over the yellow with a thin mix of MUD + Liquin. Some of the yellow is picked up when the dark is pulled over it, bringing additional interest to the sunny “face” of the flower.

My attention is now turned to the Rooster. I have to laugh as I paint his beak. Jack always called birds’ beaks their NOSE! So here I’m painting the NOSE of the colorful little fella.

A Quiet Conversation          19″ x 19″

Looks like our two friends are having “A Quiet Conversation” by this charming Santa Fe entryway! I’d like to say THANK YOU to my collectors, Suzanne and Mick, for allowing me the fun of working on this piece. And, to all of you, I appreciate your questions and comments. BIG HUGS,

A Little Something to Inspire You!

March 12, 2018


VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Red Door

Window is in and Red Door installed. Now, let’s get to work laying some tile.

The first step on painting the Satillo Tile floor is to establish the shadows streaming across the surface. Mixes of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + a touch of Cadmium Red Light + White are used. A few strokes of White + Ultramarine Blue are made near the far edge of the floor to make it recede.

Now the light spilling through the courtyard is painted. More White is added to the floor mixtures for the lighter portions. I work very carefully around the feet of the Rooster and Burro’s hooves in order to preserve my original sketch.

Perspective lines are drawn into the wet paint with a fine liner brush. I can’t use the mahl stick here because it would limit my range of motion; preventing me from making straight lines.

Horizontal lines separating the tiles are now drawn. You may click on the image to see it larger.

The final touch to the floor is to highlight the edges of the individual pavers. The highlights on the tiles closest to the building are made cooler, or bluer, so they will go back. The edges of the sunlit ones nearest the viewer are pure white, this makes them come forward.

We’re moving right along. Thank you for visiting my studio today, I hope you’ll come back soon.

But……before I go today I want to share this video with you. It’s an amazing and inspirational love story. If you ever think there is something you can’t face or do, THINK AGAIN! With Colorful Smiles and Big Hugs,

Trumpet Vine and Shadows

March 10, 2018


VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Trumpet Vine

The adobe color is mixtures in various proportions of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + a tiny touch of Pthalo Blue + White. More MUD is added into the darker mixes. A little bit of the red from the ristra, or strand of chilies, is pulled into its shadow. This is because the color of the peppers reflects into the shadow they cast. You may click on the picture, enlarging it to see this more clearly.

The shadow of the lantern over the door falls on the jamb. Over the years Jack and I have studied shadows, taking lots of reference pictures. It’s fun observing how shadows of objects dance across different surfaces.

Now the shadows of the vigas, the beams protruding from the adobe wall, are made.

The quirky little lantern adds a distinctly Southwestern touch to the doorway.

WHEW! Got all the basic construction work done on the building. Just think, what would take months in real life we can do in just one session in a painting! We’ll put in the window, hang the door and lay tile in our next session. Hope to see you then! With Smiles and Hugs,

Santa Fe + Burro + Rooster

March 8, 2018

My newest collaboration combines some of my favorite subjects: Santa Fe architecture, burros and roosters! I’m using this quaint adobe building as the basis for my sketch.

I’ve changed the angle of the structure just a bit, added a bench, lots of flowers, a chili ristra, a Rooster and the Burro, laden with Sunflowers. You may click on this or any of the other pictures to view them larger.

Let’s get to work on the canvas. First the basic plan of the adobe casita is drawn up with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

A T-square, balanced on the top edge of the canvas, provides a guide in drawing the upright posts of the bench.

The silhouette of the burro is washed in with the mix of MUD + Liquin. This helps me to establish the proportions and conformation of the animal.

After making certain his basic shape is correct, I come back and refine the anatomy. Notice how this fella’s face is divided into 4 parts. This helps to get the eyes, nostrils and bony protuberances on his head all in the right positions. 

I especially like the unusual light fixture over the door. Southwestern architecture is really fun to paint with all of its quirky details.

Our feisty Rooster has flown into the picture and we’re all ready to begin painting. 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. And if you enjoy my blog please CLICK the FaceBook LIKE Button. As we say in Texas, “Much Obliged!


March 7, 2018

I have the distinct feeling Jack is VERY HAPPY and smiling down from Heaven. Over the years we often remarked that we have wonderful collectors. Well…. You’ve outdone yourselves this time, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are the most AWESOME collectors in the world. The auction to honor “Our Jack White” exceeded all of my expectations. When the bidding war was over and the dust settled, a lucky collector won “Jack’s Place” for $4,100. WOW! The eBay and PayPal fees were $529.70. We, TEAM SENKARIK-WHITE, are going to be able to donate $3,570.30 to start the JACK WHITE CHARACTER SCHOLARSHIP FUND for a deserving student in the Fine Arts Program at Howard Payne University, Jack’s Alma Mater. Plus we’ve had several direct donations. YIPPEE!!!! Please accept my sincere THANK YOU for being on Team Senkarik-White and giving us the opportunity to continue Jack’s legacy of helping artists learn how to earn a living making their art.

NOW…..Many of you asked that I please offer Hand Embellished Limited Original giclees of “Jack’s Place”. So here is what I’m going to do. Two sizes of my Limited Originals of “Jack’s Place” are now available for you to purchase. I will donate 50% of the proceeds to the JACK WHITE CHARACTER SCHOLARSHIP FUND. Each size comes framed in our Senkarik-White Signature Frame, ready to hang on your wall.

The first size is 18 inches tall by 24 inches wide. With the frame the outside dimension is 24 inches by 30 inches and the price is $990 + FedEX Ground shipping. CLICK HERE TO ORDER the 18″ x 24″.

Your second option of a Hand Embellished Limited Original of “Jack’s Place” is the same size as the original painting, 24 inches tall by 30 inches wide. The outer measurement of the frame is 30 inches by 36 inches. This size is priced at $1,990 + FedEX Ground shipping. TO ORDER the 24″ x 30″ CLICK HERE.

The Limited Originals of “Jack’s Place” are done on a custom basis, just like my commissioned original oil paintings. It usually takes about 3 weeks to get the giclees from my printer, then I frame and individually embellish each piece with oil paint. I’ll keep you updated as to the progress on your special Limited Original.

And….If you don’t want to purchase a Limited Original of “Jack’s Place” but would like to give a tax deductible donation directly to the JACK WHITE CHARACTER SCHOLARSHIP Fund CLICK HERE.

I’m completely overwhelmed, thank you so very much for all of your support in honoring “Our Jack”. With Heartfelt Appreciation,

Wrapped Up In White

March 5, 2018

Snow snuggles in the crevices between individual peppers in the long strings of Chilis. The hot, red peppers are painted with mixes of Cadmium Red Deep, Cadmium Red Deep + Alizarin Crimson, and Cadmium Red Deep + Cadmium Red Light. Highlights are made with a fine liner brush dipped in a mix of Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Light + White.

The thin, blade shaped leaves of the yucca are pulled into the wet paint of the Cobalt Blue door. You may click on the image to see it larger.

Red Orange flowers made of Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Red Light and Cadmium Orange dip into the snow below the rock planter.


Ivory Black is used for Samantha’s sleek coat. A bit of White is added into the Ivory Black for the shiny highlights. Paint mixtures remaining from the terra cotta containers are perfect for the brown markings on her legs and face.

Jeana’s sweet Samantha is “Wrapped Up In White”! BRRRRR, bet her little tootsies are cold!

“Jack’s Place”

Before I go I want to remind you that the eBay auction to Honor “Our Jack” ends tomorrow on his birthday, Tuesday March 6th at 8PM Texas (Central) Time. As a special remembrance, help me to celebrate Jack’s legacy of generosity.

I’m going to donate the ENTIRE PROCEEDS of this auction, less eBay and PayPal fees, to the JACK WHITE CHARACTER SCHOLARSHIP. The Scholarship will provide financial assistance to further a deserving student’s education in Fine Art at Howard Payne University, Jack’s Alma Mater.

CLICK HERE to go directly to the eBay Auction

I’m with Alicia Landry and Jack next to his portrait of Dallas Cowboys’ Head Coach Tom Landry

Thank you to everyone for your kind words about Jack and the many wonderful stories of how he touched your lives. Words can’t even begin to express my heartfelt appreciation for your help in honoring “Our Jack White”. With BIG HUGS,

Snow Covered Mums

March 4, 2018

The window is painted with mixes of Dioxazine Purple + Ultramarine Blue + White. The purplish-blue is a nice complement to the Cobalt Blue door and shutters. The color is also more muted, making it drop back. My wrist is braced on the malh stick to paint the window sashes. Doing this steadies my hand.

The little Southwestern style bench is made of various combinations of Pthalo Turquoise Blue + White. I love the gecko designs found throughout Santa Fe, it adds interest to the seat back. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

Permanent Rose + White Petunias fill the container on the window sill. They are painted FLOWERS FIRST, LEAVES LAST. I leave white canvas where the snow is going to cover the pretty pink blossoms.

Long tendrils of Ivy drape down over the adobe structure. Snow piles up on the larger masses of leaves, while the dangling vines are flake-free.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Snow Covered Mums

The snow collecting on the twisted trunk and the bench is added; that finishes us up for today. More snow and Samantha in our next session. I do hope you’ll come follow along. BIG HUGS,

It’s Snowing in Santa Fe

March 2, 2018

First of all I just want to THANK all of you for your wonderful comments in response to “Jack’s Place”. I have to admit it was quite some time before I was ready to do this painting, just so many emotions were involved. But when I finally worked up the courage to tackle it, set my canvas on the easel and picked up my brush it’s like Our Lord took over. I just hung on. I’ve never had a painting go together so easily. And the final result was way beyond what I’d ever imagined it would be. Thank you God! I really appreciate all of your support to help honor “OUR” Jack. Many have told me they’ve made direct donations to the JACK WHITE SCHOLARSHIP FUND and the auction is going amazingly well! CLICK HERE to see.

OK, as Jack would say, “Get back to work!” We’re going to Santa Fe today, this piece is a commission of a snowy scene in the quaint New Mexico town. The basic architecture is drawn on the canvas with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. I draw the plan as if it were a summer day, without any snow. This helps me to get the proportions and perspective correct.


Jeana asked me to include Samantha, one of her fur babies who has gone to Heaven. The sweet Doberman has wandered into the entry courtyard, taking a spot in center stage.

The adobe building is constructed with mixtures of Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + MUD + White. The lighter portions have a bit of Cadmium Yellow Medium mixed in for additional warmth. Some Alizarin Crimson is worked into the shadow of the Ristras because the red Chilies reflect on the wall.

The shadow portion of the door is painted first, using a mix of Cobalt Blue + a touch of Ultramarine Blue + White. The sunlit part will be made of Cobalt Blue + White.

The straw angel is painted with combinations of MUD + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. My wrist is braced against the mahl stick to steady my hand as I delineate the details.

It’s always fun to paint Santa Fe in the snow. Hope you come follow along as the progress continues!

AND while it may be snowing in “The City Different”, spring is definitely springing here. Rosie is in FULL BLOOM! 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!

In Honor of Jack White

February 27, 2018

“Jack’s Place”

Spring in the Lone Star State is delightful; God paints the Texas Hill Country in a cornucopia of beautiful colors. Because the show varies from year to year we Texans tend to record time by the best wildflower displays. 2010 was SPECTACULAR! Jack and I lived in Floresville that spring; each afternoon we would clean our brushes early and hop in the car, armed with cameras. We’d drive the tiny back roads, exclaiming with joy at the beauty of Our Lord’s tapestry covering the rolling hills. One day we came around a corner and screeched to a halt, frozen in awe. The scene before us was breathtaking. Neither of us could speak, Jack reached across the center console and gently took my hand. We sat speechless for minutes, overcome by God’s masterful combination of complimentary hues. Birds sang in the trees; the breeze gently swayed the brilliant blossoms. When our jaws finally unlocked we conversed in whispers; afraid we’d disrupt the spell if we spoke too loudly. We instantly agreed, this was the BEST of the Best wildflowers we’d ever experienced.

Occasionally, during Jack’s and my 26 years together he’d say, “When God takes me Home I want you to give my ashes back to the Texas soil in a field of bluebonnets.” That spot, the one we felt was Our Lord’s BEST of the Best, is commemorated in my original oil painting, “Jack’s Place”. Jack taught me to paint and then set his stellar career aside to promote mine. This piece is my tribute to Jack White; my dearest friend, mentor and the love of my life.

“Jack’s Place” with frame

Baylor Hall of Fame Football Coach Grant Teaff was like a brother to Jack. He and I have decided to auction “Jack’s Place” to start a JACK WHITE CHARACTER SCHOLARSHIP to honor Jack’s memory for years to come at his Alma Mater, Howard Payne University. It was at Howard Payne, as a student, that Jack first recognized his gift for art. Through hard work and determination he matured into a Master Oil Painter. Painting portraits of such notables as President Lyndon Johnson, McDonald’s Founder Ray Kroc, Pro Basketball Star Julius “Dr. J” Irvin and Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Tom Landry, Jack was awarded the title of State Artist of Texas in 1975.

I will donate the ENTIRE PROCEEDS of this auction, less eBay and PayPal fees, to the JACK WHITE CHARACTER SCHOLARSHIP. The Scholarship will provide financial assistance to further a deserving student’s education in Fine Art. Candidates for the Award must exhibit and exemplify outstanding Christian moral character, a strong work ethic, the desire to pursue a career in Fine Art, academic achievement, leadership, friendship, compassion and the ability to set, as well as reach, realistically high goals.

The painted image of “Jack’s Place” measures 24″ x 30″ and is framed in our Senkarik-White Signature Frame, the outside dimension is 30″ tall x 36″ wide. The regular price for this painting is $3,290. BUT to make it extra fun we are starting the bid at ONLY A PENNY. That’s right, you can jump in right now and claim ownership of “Jack’s Place” for ONE CENT.

CLICK HERE to go directly to the eBay Auction

Randy Yeakley at Howard Payne University has partnered with us to provide an avenue for you to donate directly to the JACK WHITE CHARACTER SCHOLARSHIP Fund. CLICK HERE to make your TAX DEDUCTIBLE GIFT to recognize Jack’s life and generosity through the JACK WHITE CHARACTER SCHOLARSHIP. You may also call Randy at 325.998.7904 or email him: ryeakley@hputx.edu.

At my gallery in Santa Fe in 2011

Our goal is to honor Jack White by funding this Award for perpetuity. Jack was the most generous person I’ve ever known. He felt we had been blessed by Our Lord to make a living celebrating God’s beauty through our art; one of his primary goals was to help other artists succeed. Jack wrote eight books on Marketing Art, sharing his amazing knowledge on how to become a successful artist. At the same time he encouraged, taught and mentored individual artists all over the world, FOR FREE. I believe Coach Teaff said it best:

“I have realized that Jack’s name will always be remembered because of his name on paintings and books. However, Jack’s life will continue to positively affect you and hundreds who have been privy to his teachings, wisdom and sincere love for all. Today, tomorrow and forever his influence will continue like the ripples caused when a pebble is dropped in smooth water. However, in Jack’s case, his life was a boulder.”

Let’s all pitch in to expand those ripples of Jack’s generosity even farther by supporting the JACK WHITE CHARACTER SCHOLARSHIP. You have two options. Bid on the painting “Jack’s Place” for a chance to win this special piece for your home or office; I will donate the net proceeds to the JACK WHITE CHARACTER SCHOLARSHIP. Or you may contribute directly: CLICK HERE to make your TAX DEDUCTIBLE GIFT to continue Jack White’s legacy of giving.

Don’t linger, the auction ends on Jack’s Birthday, TUESDAY MARCH 6TH at 8PM Texas (Central) Time.

CLICK HERE to go directly to the eBay Auction

Words can’t even begin to express my heartfelt appreciation for your help in honoring “Our Jack White”. As he would say, “Much Obliged”!




Venetian Enchantment

February 26, 2018

Every once in a while I vacillate on an element in my painting composition. This is one of those times. I had originally planned a striped mooring pole. But deciding it was too busy I’m replacing it with a plain wooden post, similar to the thousands seen in Venetian canals. Since light pours into the painting from the upper left, the right side of the upright is made bluer, giving the impression of roundness.

Moss covered bricks line the bottom of the building, just above the water’s edge. The body of water is painted with several shades of Ultramarine Blue + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White.

Next, colors from the mossy brick and steps are pulled straight down into the wet paint of the water. This gives the impression of reflections, dancing below the building.

It’s fun adding shimmering reflections from the weathered green shutters, umbrella and table in the courtyard into the canal.

Our romantic Gondola is next. This uniquely Venetian vessel is painted with mixtures of Ivory Black + White.

After painting the Ultramarine Blue cover, gold trim is added on the Gondola. Notice the mooring pole, I still can’t make up my mind! The wooden post just seemed too dark and dreary so I scraped it off with my painting knife.

But before dealing with that I’ll finish the water. The gallery wrap canvas is attached to a piece of cardboard, making it easier to handle the wet painting. The entire unit is laid flat on my taboret to finish the lower edge. Want to know how the canvas is attached to the backing board? CLICK HERE to find out.

Back to the striped mooring pole. I think Red and White or Blue and White would be too glaring; let’s go with Blue and Gold.

NOPE…..still doesn’t do it for me. SO……I go back through my Venice reference and discover my solution.

AH HA! Solid COBALT BLUE is just what I’m looking for.

Venetian Enchantment   30″ x 30″

NOW, I’m happy. If you’ve never been to Venice it’s an amazing place. Gliding along in a Gondola through the narrow canals you catch glimpses of hidden, romantic courtyards. The experience fills your heart with “Venetian Enchantment”! Thank you for following my blog! BIG HUGS,