Welcome Visitor

May 3, 2022

“Welcome Visitor” is my newest painting for my Santa Fe Gallery! The colorful, fragrant flowers in this Southwest garden attract a delightful Hummingbird. The whisper of wings and happy chirps announcing his arrival bring joy to my heart!

Here’s a close-up of the zippy fella! You may click on the image to see an enlargement.

Come watch the Video Progression from Start to Finish.

Thank you for visiting my studio today. Hope you’ll come back and join us again. With Colorful Smiles and Big Hugs,

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Warmth of the Mediterranean Sun

April 22, 2022

Lavender, giving a fragrant greeting in the rock planter by the door, is blocked in with several combinations of Magenta + White, Magenta + Dioxazine Purple + White and Dioxazine Purple + White. Please remember, you may click on any image to see an enlargement.

White Hollyhocks, gently swaying in the soft sea breeze, reside on the other side of the doorway.

After adding the dark centers and yellow stamens to the Hollyhocks, Geraniums are planted in the Sevres Green Window Box. The blooms are blocked in with mixes of Cadmium Red Deep + Magenta, Cadmium Red Deep and Cadmium Red Deep + Cadmium Red Light. The foliage is made of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow.

The addition of small buds give the Geraniums their distinctive appearance.

Silver Pony Foot Vine cascades out from under the Geranium leaves in the foreground container.

Cheerful Sunflowers fill the wicker basket on the table.

VIDEO PROGRESSION: “Warmth of the Mediterranean Sun” from Sketch to Finished Painting.

AHHHH, we’re done!!!! Come take a seat with me to enjoy the beautiful view of the sailboats gliding across the azure waters of the southern coast of Provence! If you listen closely I bet you can hear the Church Bell ringing in the distance! Thanks for following along. With Big Hugs,

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Sevres Green and Cobalt Blue

April 19, 2022

A color combination that I’ve always liked is Sevres Green and Cobalt Blue. Both colors are available in Rembrandt Oils. The window and flower box are painted with Sevres Green + White. You may click on this, or any of the other images, to see enlargements.

Before we get to the Cobalt Blue though, I need to lay the terra cotta tile floor. The entire surface is first covered, establishing the light and shadow pattern. Mixes of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange, MUD + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Red Light + White and MUD + Cadmium Orange + White are used. A few brushstrokes with some of the Blues from the ocean are made at the very back of the floor, near the base of the wall. The cooler color makes the floor appear to recede.

Perspective lines are etched into the wet surface of the floor with a fine liner brush dipped in a thin mixture of MUD + Liquin Original.

The same MUD + Liquin Original mix is used to draw the table and chair legs into the wet paint of the floor and wall.

NOW for the Cobalt Blue! The Bistro Chairs are blocked in with several shades of Cobalt Blue + White. The lightest mix is used to delineate the edges of the thin boards that make up the seats and backs.

The Sevres Green flower box and Cobalt Blue chairs are especially striking, juxtaposed against the warmth of the red door, terra cotta tile floor and rugged roofs below the terrace. We’ll be planting in our next session. Come watch the flowers come alive! With Colorful Smiles,

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HAPPY EASTER!

April 17, 2022

HE IS RISEN! ALLELUIA! HE IS RISEN INDEED!

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

The love God shows and the beauty He creates leaves us in total awe. Our hearts are filled with peace and tranquility, knowing He gave His only son to die for our sins. We rejoice, CHRIST HAS RISEN!

During these crazy times I feel it’s even more important to reach out and let you know that I’m so blessed you are part of my life. Your friendship, continued encouragement, support, thoughts and prayers have been incredibly wonderful over the years. I am very, very Grateful. Thank you for being here for me.

HAPPY EASTER!

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Red and White Stripes

April 16, 2022

The sun-warmed, terra cotta tile roofs of the bell tower and buildings below the terrace glow against the cool, azure water behind them. Many of you have asked, am I working in acrylics or oils? I use Oil Paint exclusively. I like the mixability and the freedom to paint wet into wet that the longer drying time allows. Please remember, you may click on this, or any of the other images, to see enlargements.

The ancient stones of the wall and arch are painted with mixes of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. A thin mix of MUD + Liquin Original is used to loosely indicate the crevices between the rocks.

Several shades of Permanent Rose + White are used to block in the brilliant, hot pink Bougainvillea.

The shadow portion of the door is Cadmium Red Deep + Magenta, the lighter area is pure Cadmium Red Light. After adding the door handle with the MUD + Liquin Original mix, the highlight is made with some of the lightest blue mixture from the sky.

Now for our Red and White awning. Since it’s in shadow, with no direct sunlight illuminating the awning, the white stripes are painted with mixes of White + MUD, White + Ultramarine Blue + MUD and White + Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange. The red stripes, originally washed in with Alizarin Crimson + Liquin Original, are now dry. They are allowed to show through the Whites to be my guide when painting the red stripes with opaque oils.

Now the red stripes are painted with Cadmium Red Deep + Magenta and Cadmium Red Deep.

That’s all for this session. Please come back and visit my studio to see how this painting turns out! With Big Hugs,

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Peninsula of Billionaires!

April 12, 2022

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Blue Skies!

Blocking in the Azure Water is next. The most distant water is made more muted with a mix of Ultramarine Blue + MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + White. As I paint forward the colors become brighter and more intense. The water in the middle area is Ultramarine Blue + White and Ultramarine Blue + Pthalo Blue + White. Moving closer a mix of Pthalo Blue + White is used. The water at the base of the mountain and directly behind the buildings is Pthalo Turquoise Blue + White.

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The peninsula of Cap Ferrat is painted with combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White and Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + MUD + White. The village of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, with its many luxurious hotels and opulent historic villas, is located on this finger of land known as France’s “Peninsula of Billionaires”!

The warmth of the rocks in the bluff, behind the sunflowers, makes it come forward of the “Peninsula of Billionaires” in the distance. Cadmium Orange + MUD and Cadmium Orange + MUD + White are used.

In my next post, we’ll be painting the bell tower and tile roofs below the terrace. Hope you’ll come back to my studio and follow along. In the meantime, have a delightful day! With Big Hugs,

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My Heart is Full of Gratitude

April 8, 2022

Jack and I have always said our TEAM SENKARIK Family Members are the most AWESOME in the world! So many of you jumped in to bid on “WIND DANCERS”. When the bidding war was over and the dust settled, a lucky collector won the Sunflowers for $970. WOW! The eBay fee was $135, giving us $835 for Ukraine.

THEN, immediately after the auction, I received a phone call from a very generous TEAM SENKARIK Member who said he was sending a check for $500 to add to the donation! I’m overwhelmed. WE are going to be able to donate a TOTAL OF $1,335 to the UKRAINE HUMANITARIAN RELIEF FUND.

My heart is full of gratitude. Please accept my sincere THANK YOU for your help in supporting our friends in Ukraine who are suffering the horrible ravages of war.

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Traveling in Paint!

April 6, 2022

One of the coolest things about being an artist is we can travel anywhere in the world we want in our paintings. So today, in the comfort of my studio, I’m going to the Southern Coast of France. This imaginary courtyard is located in the Medieval hilltop village of Eze, overlooking the French Riviera. Here’s my rough pencil sketch. Since this is not a commission and the sketch won’t be shown to a client, I don’t take the time to make a finished pen and ink drawing. As you read through my post please keep in mind, you may click on any of the images to see enlargements.

I begin drawing the basic plan on the primed canvas with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin Original. Using the straight edge of the T-Square as my guide, the perspective lines for the seats of the chairs are drawn.

Work continues as I construct the building, roof and doorway.

The gnarly trunk of a Bougainvillea nestles in the corner between the doorway and arch.

Browsing through all of the reference pictures Jack and I have taken, I found a really cool church bell tower that fits perfectly below the terrace. The flowers are labeled so I won’t forget what I initially had decided to plant!

The peninsula of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat is drawn in the distance. Next the red stripes on the awning are delineated in a thin oil wash of Alizarin Crimson + Liquin Original.

We’re all sketched up and ready to begin painting with opaque oils in our next session. Hope you’ll come watch, I’m planning to have a VIDEO DEMONSTRATION!

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Revisiting Evening’s Allure

March 30, 2022

My next project is embellishing a Limited Original Giclee of my painting “EVENING’S ALLURE”. I love painting the beautiful Greek island of Santorini with its crisp white buildings, blue doors, domes and windows, all draped with bright Bougainvilleas. My collectors have commissioned this piece for their 44th Anniversary gift to themselves! It’s right around the corner, so let’s get to work. Here’s the unembellished giclee up on my easel.

First the clouds are glazed with a thin oil wash of Magenta + Liquin. It’s very subtle; however, this adds a rosy hue to the clouds as they are warmed by the setting sun. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

Next the sun and its brilliant reflections, shimmering on the water, are repainted.

The distant buildings glimmer in the lowering light. The white buildings are accented with mixes of White + a little Ultramarine Blue + MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson). These whites are very muted which makes them recede..

The dome and windows of the church have been glazed with a thin oil wash of Cobalt Blue + Liquin.  Then crisper, more pure Whites are used to repaint the lightest portions of the walls. The mixes are White + a touch of Ultramarine Blue and White + a tiny bit of Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue. Looking at the water, above my hand, you’ll notice it’s darker. I glazed that area with a very thin mixture of Ultramarine Blue + MUD + Liquin.

The gate in the foreground is glazed with a darker mix of Cobalt Blue + Liquin.

I’ve reserved Pure White for the sunlit part of the terrace wall. Notice how this jumps forward of the more muted whites in the distance. The Bougainvillea is repainted with mixes of Permanent Rose + White, Permanent Rose + Cadmium Red Light + White, Permanent Rose + Cadmium Orange + White and Cadmium Red Light + White.

Sun tipped Geranium petals of Cadmium Red Light and Cadmium Red Light + White glisten against the cool blue water in the background.

It’s fun adding the highlights on the Wine Bottle, Glasses and Grapes. The front edge of the Cobalt Blue table is also accented, giving the appearance that it comes forward.

Cadmium Yellow Medium makes the chairs glow in the warmth of the sunset.

Combinations of Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Yellow Medium and Cadmium Yellow Medium + Alizarin Crimson complete the Daisies! The delicate Petunias have been repainted with several mixtures of Magenta + White.

Adding a special, surprise touch to commemorate Sandy and Richard’s 44 years together, entwined hearts with their initials!

After drying a few days “Evening’s Allure” will be ready to head to it’s new home, helping Sandy and Richard celebrate their many happy years together. Thanks to all of you for following along. Hope to see you again soon! With Big Hugs,

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SUNFLOWERS for UKRAINE on eBay!

March 29, 2022

WIND DANCERS

Sunflowers are the national flower of Ukraine who is the world’s leading producer of Sunflower seeds. This cheerful flower has always been a symbol of peace for them. As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, displaying Sunflowers has become one way of showing solidarity for the Ukrainian people.

“WIND DANCERS” is a LIMITED ORIGINAL, high quality, hand embellished Giclee on canvas of my original oil painting of the same name. My heart goes out to all those people in Ukraine who are suffering right now at the hands of the Russians. I’m going to donate the ENTIRE PROCEEDS of this auction, less auction fees, to the UKRAINE HUMANITARIAN RELIEF FUND at my church, Shepherd of the Hills. This will be divided equally between Rescue.org and SaveTheChildren.org. This 10-day auction will end on Thursday, April 7 at 8 PM CST.

CLICK HERE TO GO DIRECTLY TO THE AUCTION!

Watch the Embellishing Process in this VIDEO DEMONSTRATION:

I have repainted this piece, making it totally unique. The background was originally purple, I repainted it in the Blue of the Ukrainian flag. I purposely made the upper portion dark, to show their current distress and pain. However, the lower right corner is filled with light, representing the nearly three quarters of the people in Ukraine who believe in the Christian faith.

“The path of the righteous is like the morning sun,

 shining ever brighter till the full light of day.”

Proverbs 4:18

Please join me in praying for Our Lord to bring an end to the terrible conflict in Ukraine. May He grant safety, comfort and guidance to all who are affected.

“WIND DANCERS” measures 24 inches tall by 30 inches wide, the painted image extends over the edge and onto the sides of the Gallery Wrap Canvas. Even though part of a very limited edition of 25, each piece is different because of the extensive painting I do. Hence the term: LIMITED ORIGINAL. This is your opportunity to WIN the VERY FIRST in this edition of 25 of “WIND DANCERS”.

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“WIND DANCERS” has the hanging wire attached and is ready to hang on your wall and enjoy. The regular price for this Hand Embellished Giclee on Canvas is $1,990. BUT to make it extra fun the bid starts at ONLY A PENNY. That’s right, you may jump in right now and claim ownership of “WIND DANCERS” for ONE CENT.

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THANK YOU for your Support of the Ukrainian People & HAPPY BIDDING!!!!!

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