2018 SENKARIK WHITE CALENDAR

November 17, 2017

NEW FOR 2018

Many of you have asked for a full sized calendar featuring both Jack’s and my work. So here it is…… The SENKARIK-WHITE Calendar for 2018!

Each month has a different Jack White or Senkarik painting, accompanied by an uplifting scripture or inspirational message. Here are a few samples of the pages, you may click on the picture to view an enlargement. To purchase or see a complete preview CLICK HERE.

As an added Bonus…..Our publisher is offering 10% off the regular price of $19.99 PLUS Free mail shipping. Or if you would rather, you may choose to purchase the calendars at regular price and receive 50% off Ground Shipping. Just use the Promo Code BOOKSHIP17 (all caps) at checkout for either opportunity to save. BUT you must act quickly, the promotion expires at 11:59PM on Monday, November 20!

Don’t forget….I also have PRINTS in my new store. There are several different options available, from prints on paper, wood, acrylic or metal! And prices begin at only $27. CLICK HERE to go to the PRINTS department of the Senkarik.com Store.

You’ve requested note cards too! There are six designs of my work and one of Jack’s for you to select from. CLICK HERE to go to the store.   I appreciate you shopping with us. Have FUN browsing! HUGS,

 

Beautiful in Bluebonnets

November 16, 2017

 

 

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Blocking in Quinn’s face

Before doing any more work on Quinn’s face I move to her hand. Bracing against the mahl stick steadies my brush as I paint her tiny fingers.

Now for her left arm and the hand holding the yellow Coreopsis. You may click on this or any of the other images to view enlargements.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting Quinn’s Eyes

The mahl stick comes in handy again as I delineate the line of her lower jaw and chin.

Placing the painted image next to the photograph in Adobe Photoshop enables me to see what details I need to correct to achieve a complete likeness. I’m almost there, just a few minor tweaks…..

Beautiful in Bluebonnets      14″ x 14″

And we’re done. Our pretty little Quinn is “Beautiful in Bluebonnets”! I appreciate you following along. Here’s a special thank you to everyone for your prayers for the Sutherland Springs victims. God Bless You! HUGS,

 

 

Prayers Needed

November 15, 2017

Just got this message in an email from Elaine Kolodziej. She is the dear friend of ours who spoke at Jack’s Memorial. They own the newspapers in Wilson County where Sutherland Springs is located. She knew everyone who was killed or injured in the shooting.

 “Today is the funeral for the Holcombe family. John Holcombe is burying his parents, his wife and four children, brother and his brother’s daughter. 😦   I can’t imagine … Elaine”

 

Please keep John Holcombe in your prayers. Like Elaine, I can’t even begin to imagine what he is going through. And how shattered his life is. I pray Our Lord wraps him in His loving arms, giving him peace, comfort and the will to continue. May God bless him with the strength and courage to face the path ahead of him. We can’t understand, we can only Trust in God. This certainly makes our little issues seem extremely insignificant. Thank you with all of my heart,

 

Wildflowers

November 13, 2017

Application of opaque oil color begins with the sky and background trees. The line of trees in the far distance is painted with cool greens made of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) White which makes them fall back. The closer trees are darker mixes of Pthalo Blue + Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium. A bit of White is added for the lighter portions of the oaks.

The field of Bluebonnets is blocked in, starting near the trees. Combinations of Ultramarine Blue + Dioxazine Purple + White is used for this area. The junction between the flowers and trees is softened to make them all drop into the distance. This follows a basic rule to help give depth in a painting: Soft Edges Recede; Hard Edges Come Forward. The sharper, distinct edges will be on Quinn, bringing her forward.

The Bluebonnets nearer the foreground are made of Cobalt Blue + White.

After the foliage of the Bluebonnets is painted around the blue masses of the flowers, Indian Paintbrush are added. These are various mixes of Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Light + White.

The flowers continue on to the sides of the gallery wrap canvas.

The whole unit of cardboard + canvas is taken off the easel and laid flat on my taboret to make it easier to paint the bottom edge.

The fabric of the dress in the original photo was adorned with a pattern. However, that would be too busy and distract from her face in the portrait. So the dress is painted a soft turquoise blue made of Pthalo Turquoise Blue + White that will accentuate Quinn’s skin tones.

Now white “caps” are added on the Bluebonnets. Please keep in mind as you read my blog, you may click on any of the pictures to see them larger.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Coreopsis

Flowers are complete, we’ll begin working on Quinn in our next session. Hope to see you then! HUGS,

Portrait of a Cutie

November 11, 2017

 

 

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Initial Wash-In

 

The original photo of Quinn is taped to my easel, making it easy to refer to. Bracing my wrist against the mahl stick steadies my hand as I continue working on her face. Thin washes of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin are used for the shading.

Quinn has the cutest little dimple on her chin! The corner of my Bright (square) is used to make it. Please keep in mind as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

A number 4 Bright brush is used to draw her tiny hands.

Her left hand did not show in the photograph I was given for reference so I had to make it up. I decided it would be fun for her to be holding some flowers she just picked! I may have her hand just a bit small, it will be no problem to make it a little bigger when I get to painting. Thanks for following along today.

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“Billboards of Happiness” on Tile!

November 8, 2017

I’ve been working on some TOP SECRET commissions so I don’t have a painting for you today. It’s that time of year to be helping Santa in his workshop! BUT, while I’m sequestered in the hidden studio I’d like to introduce you to a wonderful product…….Senkarik “Billboards of Happiness” on Tile! And Jack’s pieces are also available!

Years ago Jack and I began working with Dave Bosely, and his wife Peaches. They developed a home grown business, Artwork on Tile, and reproduce my paintings, as well as Jack’s, as high quality murals on various types of tile. These make wonderful accents around the house.

Several collectors who own Jack’s and my paintings also have murals in their kitchens, bathrooms, dining rooms and offices. We have many more collectors who proudly display just the murals. The tile art installations offer a more affordable alternative to Senkarik and White Original Oil Paintings.

If you are interested in installing one of these beautiful murals in your space here is a link to their website. Just put my name in the search box…

ArtworkonTile.com

And You can also check out Jack’s work, just put his name in the search box.

ArtworkonTile.com

You’ll have fun browsing! There are lots of options for you to consider. You may call Dave and personally discuss your particular design needs, he gives FREE consultations and quotes. I guarantee you will love working with him and Peaches, they are delightful!

(800) 975-7839

Now….your little smile for today. I looked out the sliding glass door this morning to discover Molly and Bosco are TWINS! HUGS,

Please Pray for Sutherland Springs

November 5, 2017
I’ve gotten several emails asking if I’m OK. Thanks to all of you for your concern. The terrible shooting in the church at Sutherland Springs is about 35 miles southeast of San Antonio, not far from where we used to live in Floresville. What an awful tragedy. We have dear friends in Floresville and LaVernia, very near Sutherland Springs. I pray fervently none of them, their families or friends were involved. Also the spot I chose for Jack’s ashes in a beautiful field of wildflowers is only a few miles south of Sutherland Springs. We’ve driven through this lovely little Texas community many times. I was at a church luncheon when we first got the news. Our Pastor immediately stopped the proceedings and we prayed for everyone involved. I’m completely stunned and can’t even begin to understand how someone can do this. Please pray for all of those touched by this awful shooting.

My STORE is OPEN!

November 4, 2017

It’s been a long time in development but I now have a STORE on Senkarik.com! It’s officially OPEN FOR BUSINESS. Or “BIDNESS” as Jack would say.

I’m excited to offer several different sets of Folded Note Cards, 4 1/4 inches by 5 1/2 inches, with envelopes included. All six cards in each set are the same and have at least 4 high quality reproductions of my colorful “Billboards of Happiness”. The front, inside and back of one of our designs is shown above. All cards have images inside but we’ve made sure to leave plenty of room for a personal, handwritten message. These make great gifts or Stocking stuffers; Christmas isn’t that far away! AND…..we’ve even had collectors frame these beautiful cards to display on their wall!

Click HERE to see all of our designs and order Note Cards

All of our books are also available in the new Senkarik.com store. That includes our Senkarik Signature Collection Tabletop Book I and Book II as well as………

 Jack’s Eight Art Marketing Books that are written especially for artists and his Historical Novels.

Click HERE to browse our BOOKS selection

 

These high quality cards are the same size as the Senkarik designs and feature Jack’s painting, “Peace in the Valley”. This my absolute favorite piece of his. I remember as Jack was working on it I kept saying how much I hated to see this one go to his gallery, it reminded me so much of the 23rd Psalm. When Jack was finished he turned the painting around and wrote on the back, “To Mikki, the Love of my Life”! It’s hung right beside my easel ever since. Now I’m sharing “Peace in the Valley” with you; there are six note cards in a package and verses 1-4 of the 23rd Psalm are printed on the inside.

To order a set of Jack White Note Cards CLICK HERE

ALSO, I’m now offering a line of Museum Quality Prints. These come in a variety of styles including prints on paper, metal, wood and acrylic. Framing is also available. The pieces above are just a few of the many colorful images you will find in our Store.

CLICK HERE to explore the two pages of our PRINT Collection

Please keep our new SENKARIK.COM STORE in mind for all of your gifting needs. A gift of Art will bring smiles to the recipient for years to come. Stroll through our different collections, you may find some fun ideas for several of those on your Christmas list. Maybe you want a little present to say “I LOVE YOU” to that special someone in your life or are looking for a unique birthday gift for a friend. Perhaps you’d like to brighten up a wall in your home or office with a Senkarik “Billboard of Happiness”! We are NOW OPEN, 24-7! Your most difficult task will be selecting from the many beautiful options we’ve presented! Do let me know if there are any products you’d like us to offer, I’d love your feedback.

Last but not least I want to Thank You for being on Team Senkarik, I really appreciate you! God has blessed me with such wonderful readers, collectors and friends. HUGS,

 

Limited Original – Escape to Tofino

November 2, 2017

Today we’re embellishing the second Giclee for my client. This one is smaller, 18 inches by 24 inches. As with “Echoes of the Mediterranean”, this Giclee on canvas of “Escape to Tofino” is taped to a piece of 4 ply cardboard before I begin painting on it.

Sunlight streaming across the water at the base of the distant mountains is highlighted as well as the foam collecting along the rocky banks. The furthest buildings and sailboats are also repainted, accenting the light hitting them. You may click on the image, enlarging it to see this better.

Next the tree tops on the far point, illuminated by the sun, are enhanced.

It’s fun working on the quaint little marina, fishing  and sail boats across the sound. My wrist is braced on my mahl stick, steadying my hand as I delineate the fine details.

Moving to the foreground the fence lining the terrace is highlighted.

I repaint the tabletop with a warm white made of White + a bit of Cadmium Orange + a touch of Ultramarine Blue. This makes it come forward of the boats and water lights in the distance which are made of a cooler white mixed with White + a little Ultramarine Blue. Then the lines separating the tiles are drawn with a fine liner brush dipped in a mix of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

Tall Delphiniums are painted with combinations of Magenta + White, while the Daylilies are various mixes of Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Red Light + Cadmium Orange and Pure Cadmium Orange. The foliage of both plants is made with Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium.

Bright Pink Rhodendrons are mixes of Permanent Rose + White.

Geraniums are repainted with mixes of Cadmium Red Deep, Cadmium Red Deep + Cadmium Red Light and Cadmium Red Light. Leaves are Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Lemon Yellow. The final touch is to accentuate the light sparkling on the wine bottle and glasses! We’re done! Thanks for following along today! HUGS,

Limited Original – Echoes of the Mediterranean

October 31, 2017

Now I’m working on a commission of a couple of Limited Original Giclees; the first is “Echoes of the Mediterranean”. Both are going to be framed in a traditional manner so I tape the canvas to a piece of 4-ply cardboard. When the pieces are finished and dry I’ll just roll the two up and ship them to my collector in a tube. When my clients receive the giclees they will take them to a frame shop to be stretched and framed in the moulding of their choice. I begin by repainting the Magenta and Red Orange flowers in the vines draping down from the arch.

The spray shooting up from the crashing waves has been highlighted with a mix of White + a bit of Ultramarine Blue. Then Pure White is used for the water cascading from the fountain. The brighter White comes forward of the duller White with the blue. You may click on the image and enlarge it to see this better.

Cadmium Red Deep, Cadmium Red Light and Cadmium Orange are used to accentuate the Canna Lilies. Deep centers are added with a mix of Magenta + Liquin. I’m using ALKYD Oil Paints which dry faster than regular Oils. They are the very same colors, but will enable me to ship the pieces sooner.

The Petunias are painted with mixes of Permanent Rose + White and Geranium Lake + White. The leaves are made with combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium. The paint is applied with heavy texture, that’s why the ALKYD Oils are so nice. The thick brushstrokes will be completely dry in 3 to 5 days instead of weeks.

Now I move to the Geraniums. Cadmium Red Deep, Cadmium Red Medium, Cadmium Red Light and Cadmium Red Light + White are used for these flowers.

The Calla Lilies are embellished with creamy whites made of White + a tiny touch of Ultramarine Blue + a teeny bit of Cadmium Orange.  Dioxazine Purple + Ultramarine Blue + White is used for the shadows of the yellow stamens. The greens from the Petunia foliage are perfect for the broad Calla Lily leaves.

The edges of the floor tiles are brightly illuminated by the sun spilling across the courtyard.

The Limited Original Giclee of “Echoes of the Mediterranean” is complete. Jack came up with this name for our reproductions. Even though each piece is part of a very limited edition, the hand embellishing makes every one different. No two are the same, therefore the term “Limited Original”. I want to thank all of you for following my blog. AND..for your wonderful comments. I appreciate them so much.

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