‘TIS THE SEASON!

December 6, 2022

CHRISTMAS is right around the corner. A gift adorned with a SENKARIK BILLBOARD OF HAPPINESS will bring smiles for years to come! Senkarik Mugs, Tote Bags, Greeting Cards, Flags, Phone Covers, Throw Pillows, Prints and several styles of Apparel are available.

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These make GREAT STOCKING STUFFERS TOO!

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SENKARIK Coffee Mugs will warm the heart of every person who receives them! Select from OVER 60 IMAGES of my paintings! Choose the size of art and background color. Pick from Two Sizes, 11 ounces and 15 ounces.

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WEEKENDER TOTE BAGS

Image is printed on BOTH SIDES of the large canvas bag; it’s 16 inches tall by 24 inches wide! Design how big you would like the SENKARIK ART to appear on your bag! You may even want to purchase one of these as a Gift to Yourself!

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Give Santa a hand. SENKARIK PRINTS make Wonderful Christmas Gifts! I’ve ordered some of these high quality reproductions to give to my friends and they are beautiful. Over 60 designs are available.

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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! “Dancing in the Wind”, the painting above, is shown on a metal panel.

You may order your Prints framed or unframed. The sample above is “Colorful Captivation”. You have LOTS OF CHOICES. So, let your imagination run free. Select just the right piece or pieces for your recipient’s home. Or maybe even YOURS! 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!

Gift that special loved one with a PRINT to match the Ornament you gave them in their stocking! “WINTER’S MAGIC”, in a Gallery Wrap Style, goes with the Star Christmas Ornament shown at the top of the page.

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Some of the images offered are perfect for your Christmas Cards.

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CARESS OF SPRING

December 5, 2022

California Poppies spill out of the rectangular container. They were blocked in first with mixes of Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson, Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Light and pure Cadmium Orange. Then foliage, made of several combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White, is painted around the masses of Orange in order to help shape to the flowers. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any image to see an enlargement.

The Poppies were finished by delineating their deep centers with a mix of Alizarin Crimson + Liquin Original. Now, I’m blocking in the leaves of the Penstemon in the adjoining pot. This is done first because the tall spikes of the blooms tower above the foliage.

The Cadmium Red petals of the Penstemon glow against the warm greens of the Ptahlo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium leaves.

Turning my attention to the Wisteria, the twining vines are highlighted with some of the color remaining from the tile floor. Bracing against the mahl stick that is hooked over the top of my easel steadies my hand as I add the fine details.

Cheerful Sunflowers are blocked in with Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson), Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD + Cadmium Orange and pure Cadmium Yellow Medium.

The broad leaves of the Sunflowers have been made with combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + Lemon Yellow. Silver Ponyfoot Vine, painted with mixes left over from the foliage of the Poppies, cascades out from under the bright Yellow blossoms.

The distinctive large centers of the Sunflowers are added with MUD + Liquin Original.

Hollyhock blossoms are first blocked in with mixtures of White + Dioxazine Purple, White + Ultramarine Blue and White + Phtalo Blue + a touch of Lemon Yellow. The foliage is painted next, using mixes of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow.

Pure White is used to highlight the sun-washed blossoms lining the tall stalks dancing in the gentle breeze.

“CARESS OF SPRING”

During our spring in the Hill Country of Texas, God paints the landscape with His beautiful wildflowers. His “CARESS OF SPRING” makes my heart jump for joy! I think that little Turquoise Gecko on the tile by the door is doing the same! I truly appreciate you following along with me on this painting. With Joyful Hugs,

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Door, Floor and Pots!

December 1, 2022

You’ve probably wondered why I haven’t posted a blog on my Bluebonnet painting for a while. WELL, I spent Thanksgiving with my good friends and collectors, Cindy and Ron. They are the couple whose home was hit by lightning and burned. I went last summer to repair and restore their art collection. CLICK HERE to read all about that. Anyway, I had a few more things to do to complete the work on some of the paintings. So, they invited me to join them for Thanksgiving in their home that is now completely restored from the fire. Working trip, YES. But we still got some time to play at the beach!

Now I’m back and ready to pick up where I left off on the new painting for Pitzer’s Gallery in Wimberly, Texas. Red Door first. The shadows are painted with a mix of Cadmium Red Deep + Magenta, the sunlit portion is pure Cadmium Red Light. To view an enlargement of any image, just click on the picture.

After adding the wrought iron handle, the Wisteria blossoms draping down over the door are painted. The soft Lavender blooms, made of Dioxazine Purple + White, are accentuated by the deep red behind them.

Geckos are always a fun design that brings a welcoming and whimsical touch to a wall tile by the front door.

Now to the Saltillo Tile floor. The entire surface is covered with several mixtures, in various combinations of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + White, MUD + Cadmium Orange + a little Pthalo Blue + White and Ultramarine Blue + White. My goal in this step is to establish the light and shadow patterns on the courtyard floor.

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

The horizontal lines have been drawn with that same MUD + Liquin Original mixture. Here, I’m highlighting the edges of the individual tiles, illuminated by the sunlight streaming across the floor.

The rectangular container has been painted with some of the mixes remaining from the tile floor. The round pot to its left is made with combinations of MUD + Cadmium Red Light + White. The right edge of the container, opposite from the side the sun comes in, is made bluer with a mix of Ultramarine Blue + White. The cool blue makes the edge recede, giving the impression the pot is round.

We’ll be planting more flowers in our next session. Hope you’ll grab your gardening gloves and come give me a hand! With Beachy Smiles,

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25% OFF ALL Prints

November 28, 2022

Fine Art America, the publisher of my open edition prints, is offering 25% OFF ALL PRINTS UNTIL MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, November 28. Here’s your opportunity to do a little Christmas shopping for those special people on your Santa’s List. OR, maybe even for you!

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Wisteria Courtyard

November 26, 2022

Today’s session begins by painting the walls. Four combinations of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + a touch of Pthalo Blue + White are used. The basic colors of the Double Primary Palette that I use for all my oil paintings are at the top of my palette. The dabs of paint on the left are those remaining from the background. If you’d like to learn more about the Double Primary Color Mixing System that Jack developed CLICK HERE.

After painting the courtyard wall behind the Wisteria, its wiggly, squiggly vines are drawn into the wet paint with a thin oil mix of MUD + Liquin Original. Please keep in mind as you read through my blog, you may click on any image to see an enlargement.

Sunlight streaming through the Wisteria makes shadows dance down the adobe colored walls.

Antique bricks arch over the opening to the Bluebonnet Field and the Doorway. Mixes of MUD + Cadmium Red Light + Cadmium Orange + White, Ultramarine Blue + MUD + White and Cadmium Orange + Pthalo Blue + White are used.

Dioxazine Purple + White, Dioxazine Purple + Ultramarine Blue + White and Ultramarine Blue + White are used for the draping blossoms of the fragrant Wisteria.

Foliage is added with mixtures of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White.

The delicate petals of the Wisteria blooms are delineated, using the corner of a small, square tipped, Bright brush.

We’re moving right along! Hope you’ll come back soon to visit my studio and watch the rest of the progress of this painting. With Colorful Smiles,

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Praises of Thanksgiving

November 24, 2022

Psalm 100

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
    Serve the Lord with gladness!
    Come into his presence with singing!

Know that the Lord, he is God!
    It is he who made us, and we are his;
    we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
    and his courts with praise!
    Give thanks to him; bless his name!

For the Lord is good;
    his steadfast love endures forever,
    and his faithfulness to all generations.

Over the years my collectors, readers and fellow artists have become friends. Many of you I’ve never met in person, but I still feel we have a special bond. I would like to take this opportunity to let you know how thankful I am for you! I’m very blessed with all of your loving encouragement and support through thick and thin! I may not see you physically but it gives me great comfort knowing you’re there!

I’m also very thankful for the men and women who have sacrificed so much so we can live in Freedom here in America. We have much to be grateful for, God has certainly blessed each of us. Please remember to give THANKS every single day for His gifts because “Thanksgiving is an attitude of the heart, not a day of the year.” 

May Our Lord bless your Thanksgiving with Love, Laughter & a Joyful Day of Singing Praises to HIM!

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Blue, Blue, Bluebonnets!

November 20, 2022

As usual, we begin painting with the sky. The recipes for my color mixes are shown above: #1. White + Cobalt Blue. #2. Two combinations of White + Pthalo Blue. #3. White + Cadmium Orange + a touch of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson). #4. White + MUD. Just a reminder, you may click on any picture to see it larger.

By the way, those are the basic colors of our Double Primary Palette across the top of the picture. To learn more about this Oil Color Mixing System that Jack developed, CLICK HERE.

The upper portion of the sky is mix #1. The lower part has been covered with the #2 mixtures, using the lightest shade near the horizon. Highlights (#3) dance along the tops of the clouds, the shadow area of which have been painted with mix #4.

The distant field, illuminated by sunlight, appears even brighter because of the dark trees in front of it.

COME WATCH as I block in the beautiful spring Blue, Blue Bluebonnets growing in the meadow outside the courtyard.

A few Magenta wildflowers cavort happily amongst the Blue ones.

Their distinctive white caps are now added, making sure there is no doubt that this is a field of our beloved Texas State Flower, the Bluebonnet!

Jack always loved seeing my “Through the Door” paintings at this stage. He thought it was cool with the background complete and the foreground still in the initial sketch. I do too! What do you think? With Cheerful Hugs,

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Back to Texas

November 15, 2022

Today, we’re coming back to the beautiful Hill Country of Texas! I’m working on a new piece for Pitzer’s Fine Art, my gallery in Wimberley, Texas. First, the basic architecture of the archway, door and courtyard wall is drawn up on the canvas with a thin oil wash of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin Original. Here I’m washing in the antique bricks that will line the tops of the door and open archway. To see enlargements of any of the images, just click on the picture.

Stately Hollyhocks nestle in the right corner; on the left of the Red Door cheerful Sunflowers will glow.

Firecracker Penstemon is sketched with a wash of Alizarin Crimson + Liquin Original. Orange California Poppies will be planted in the adjoining container.

Wisteria meanders over the arch and door. All of the colorful flowers in the courtyard will be accentuated by the cool hues of classic Texas Bluebonnets in the distant field!. Now that the initial oil wash sketch is complete, we’re all ready to begin painting. Hope you’ll come back and follow along!

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THANK YOU to our VETERANS!

November 11, 2022

The Joint Service Color Guard advances the colors during the retirement ceremony of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Henry H. Shelton, at Fort Myer, Virginia, on October 2, 2001. Dept. of Defense photo by Helene C. Stikkel.

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’d like 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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Embellishing ENDLESS BEAUTY

November 8, 2022

Now, let’s go to Santorini! The unembellished Giclee of ENDLESS BEAUTY is up on my easel and we’re ready to begin. Please keep in mind as you read through my blog, you may click on any image to view an enlargement.

A couple of thin oil washes are made with Severes Green + Liquin Original and Cobalt Blue + Liquin Original.

The water below the church is glazed with the Severes Green + Liquin Original oil wash, intensifying the color.

The Cobalt Blue wash is used on the gates, window and door. You can see how the color of the glazed area on the door, above the brush, is much richer than the hue below it.

The large leaves of the Canna Lilies are glazed with Viridian Green + Liquin Original. This makes them darker and richer, accentuating the brilliant, azure water at the base of the bluffs.

The bright, hot Pink Bougainvillea is repainted with combinations of Permanent Rose + White and Cadmium Red Light + Permanent Rose + White.

After embellishing the flowers of the Canna Lilies and Petunias that reside on the steps, my attention turns to the cheerful Geraniums. Their blossoms are painted with Cadmium Red Light + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Light and Cadmium Red Light + White.

Dioxazine Purple + White is used for the Lavender Cyclamen nestled below the Geraniums.

Tiger Lilies dance in the gentle breeze drifting in from the Aegean Sea. The Cadmium Orange flowers glow against the Cobalt Blue Gate. Blue and Orange are complementary colors, this means they are across from each other on the Color Wheel. Placing the Orange next to the Blue makes it appear even more intense.

The sun-washed stucco of the building on the right is highlighted with pure White. This makes it come forward of the wall and church in the distance. The lightest White on both of them have a little Ultramarine Blue mixed in, causing them to recede.

Ready to take a stroll along the stone walk and enjoy the ENDLESS BEAUTY of Santorini? I certainly am!

Here’s the LIMITED ORIGINAL Giclee, Before and After the embellishing process. It sure makes a difference, doesn’t it?

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