Hummers and Hollyhocks

May 15, 2021

Starting a new piece featuring two of my absolute favorites, Hummingbirds and Hollyhocks! This is a commission for a longtime collector. Walt saw the painting I had done of the Hummingbirds flitting around the trumpet shaped blossoms of our Tangerine Cross Vine. It had already sold so he asked if I would do one especially for his wife. As we visited we decided to change the flowers to Hollyhocks because she loves them. He gave a copy of the sketch above to Anne on Mother’s Day. Now we are able to collaborate, she can be part of the process and follow along.

The painted image measures 19 inches tall by 9 inches wide. My first step is to begin sketching the stalks, large blossoms and leaves of the Hollyhocks with a brush dipped a thin oil wash of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. That enables me to determine the size of the Hummingbirds, making them correctly proportioned to the tall, stately plants. Please remember as you read through my post, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

More stalks, flowers and flower buds are added.

The iridescent heads of the Hummers are washed in with a mix of Viridian Green + Liquin. Alizarin Crimson + Liquin in used for their Ruby Red Throats!

Thin oil washes of Sap Green + Liquin and Pthalo Blue + Liquin are used for the leaves of this native New Mexico flower.

We’re all sketched up and ready to begin painting with opaque oils in our next session. Hope you’ll come follow along.

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Magic of the Monarch

May 12, 2021

My collector has a good friend who does research on Monarch Butterflies and loves Gardenias. Lynn asked me to combine the two in a painting as a birthday gift for Gracie. My reference photos are taped on my easel, making for easy referral as I begin sketching the composition on the 6 inch x 6 inch Cradled Panel.

After drawing the Monarch, Gardenia and Flower Buds with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin, I turn my attention to the foliage. The general shapes of the leaves are washed in with mixes of Sap Green + Liquin and Pthalo Blue + Liquin.

The background is painted with combinations of Cadmium Red Deep + Magenta, Cadmium Red Deep + Cadmium Red Light and pure Cadmium Red Light.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Gardenia

The Gardenia leaves are painted with combinations in several different proportions of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + a touch of Lemon Yellow.

Multiple flower buds are added next.

The delicate wings are blocked in with mixes of MUD + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Red Light + White.

The distinctive pattern is drawn into the wet paint with Ivory Black.

“Magic of the Monarch” 6 inches x 6 inches on Cradled Panel

The Monarch’s brilliant, sunlit wings glow against the soft blues, purples and whites of the fragrant Gardenia!

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Moms are SPECIAL

May 9, 2021

Mothers are truly amazing; they are selfless and labor tirelessly to nurture their families. Moms have a very special role in molding and shaping their children’s lives; walking a fine line to be a guiding light is not an easy job!

I’d like to thank all of you for your Love, Dedication and Hard Work. To every one of you AWESOME MOTHERS in my TEAM SENKARIK FAMILY,

NOW, I have a favor to ask of the Dads on my Team.

Please give your Wonderful Wife a BIG HUG especially for ME!!!!!

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BONDED FOREVER

May 7, 2021

I begin by drawing the STARS of our painting, the pair of Red Northern Cardinals, on the 6 inch by 6 inch Ampersand Cradled Panel. A thin oil wash made of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin is used for the female Cardinal. Then the male is washed in with a mix of Alizarin Crimson + Liquin, with the dark accents added using the MUD wash. A little of the Alizarin Crimson mixture tints the crown, wing and tail of the female. You may click on any of the images to view them larger.

Plum Blossoms are washed in with combinations of Dioxazine Purple + Liquin, Magenta + Liquin and Ultramarine Blue + Dioxazine Purple + Liquin.

I’ve allowed the initial wash sketch to dry overnight. Now the background is painted around the birds and flowers with several mixes in varying proportions of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Plum Blossoms

Leaves are added with mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium.

My collector asked me to add freckles to the Plum Blossoms. They painted into the wet paint of the flowers with a mix of White + a touch of Ultramarine Blue.

Mrs. Chippers’ body is painted with combinations of Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + a little MUD + White. Her beak is Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson and Cadmium Orange.

Mr. Chippers’ bright red feathers are made with Cadmium Red Deep + Magenta, Cadmium Red Deep and Cadmium Red Light. The highlights on his head and chest are added with Cadmium Red Light + White.

Cardinals mate for life, so our colorful pair is “BONDED FOREVER”!

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Scarlet Visitors

May 1, 2021

Starting another little EMBRYO or Baby Painting today. My collector fell in love with “Crimson Visitor” on my Mother’s Day Special Offering but it was already spoken for. This painting is going to be a gift for a friend of his whose parents are now in Heaven. Every time she sees Cardinals she feels they are paying her a special visit in honor of her mom and dad. The original piece only had Mr. Chippers, I suggested that we add Mrs. Chippers to personalize the painting just for Robin. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to view enlargements.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Salvia and Sunflowers

Sunlight splashes into the painting and across the satillo tile from from the right, illuminating the basket, flowers and pair of cardinals.

After the entire surface of the floor is covered, the perspective and horizontal lines separating the tiles are drawn into the wet paint with a fine liner brush.

The basket is first blocked in with mixes of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + more Ultramarine Blue + White. Then the wicker is delineated with lighter mixes of the same combinations. The flat edge of a square tipped, Bright Brush is perfect to add the heavily textured strokes.

The heart shaped leaves of Sweet Potato Vine, casting their shadows down the side of the basket, bring an extra touch of LOVE into the painting.

White Daisies sparkle in combination with the purple Salvia and cheerful yellow Sunflowers.

The last step is to paint Mr. and Mrs. Chippers!

I know whenever I see Cardinals in my garden I think of Jack with warmth in my heart. Mr. Chippers was his absolute favorite visitor to our feeders. I pray these “SCARLET VISITORS” bring that same joy and happy memories of her parents to Robin!

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FLOWERS THAT WILL NEVER FADE!

April 27, 2021

WOW, April is almost over and Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Mothers are amazing; they are selfless and work tirelessly to nurture their families. This year consider giving “MOM” an original Senkarik “Billboard of Happiness”; a gift that will express your appreciation and love for years to come, long after flowers and candy are gone. This exclusive selection is specially priced just for your Mother’s Day gifting! All you have to do is click on the image of each painting for more information or to make your purchase.

Here are some colorful expressions of LOVE, filled with FLOWERS THAT WILL NEVER FADE, for that awesome Mother in your life! CLICK HERE TO SHOP THE ENTIRE COLLECTION!

“Spring’s Magic”

Let the fragrant flowers and whisper of the Monarch’s delicate wings fill your Mom’s soul with “Spring’s Magic”!

Image 6 inches x 6 inches. Oil Painting on Cradled Panel with 1 1/2 inch sides.

REGULAR PRICE $490   SPECIAL MOTHER’S DAY PRICE $390 SOLD

“DELIGHTFUL MELODY” 

Does the lady of your home adore Hummingbirds? I know my heart sings with joy when I hear the distinctive squeaks and hums of the zippy little bundles of energy frolicking in our garden. Bring smiles and happiness to the Mother of your children with the “DELIGHTFUL MELODY” of these Hummingbirds’ antics as they dance from blossom to blossom. 

Image 19 inches tall x 9 inches wide. Outside of Senkarik/White Signature Frame is 24 inches tall x 14 inches wide. 

Regular Price  $1,990  SPECIAL MOTHER’S DAY PRICE  $1,490 SOLD

“Crimson Visitor”

Our “Crimson Visitor”, Mr. Chippers, has flown in to bring joy and happiness to the special Mother in your life!

Image 6 inches x 6 inches. Oil Painting on Cradled Panel with 1 1/2 inch sides.

REGULAR PRICE $490   SPECIAL MOTHER’S DAY PRICE $390 SOLD

“Peaceful Valley”

Give the gift of RELAXATION with this fragrant, flower filled terrace overlooking the serene Napa vineyards. Butterflies float lazily in the warm sunshine, providing a touch of cheerful whimsy.

“Peaceful Valley” is painted in a GALLERY WRAP STYLE with the image flowing from the front of the 16 inch x 16 inch canvas, over the edge and onto the sides.

Regular Price  $990  SPECIAL MOTHER’S DAY PRICE  $890 SOLD

Colorful Chaperone”

Add some zippity-do-dah to your Mother’s home or office with this little Kitty and curious Hummingbird. The Talavera Rooster is a “Colorful Chaperone” with a heart full of love and these flowers will always stay fresh without any care or watering!

Painted Image is 11 inches tall x 7 inches wide. Framed in our Senkarik/White Signature Frame, the outside dimension of Colorful Chaperone is 16 inches tall x 12 inches wide.

Regular Price  $790  SPECIAL MOTHER’S DAY PRICE  $590

“Dance of Sunlight”

One of the most fascinating and enjoyable times Jack and I had on our trip to Tuscany was watching the “Dance of Sunlight”, playing a delightful visual tune across the Tuscan landscape and stately towers of San Gimignano.

 “Dance of Sunlight” is painted in a gallery wrap style with the image flowing from the front of the 16 inch x 16 inch canvas, over the edge and onto the sides.

Regular Price  $990  SPECIAL MOTHER’S DAY PRICE  $890 SOLD

“Heartfelt Welcome”

A heart shaped Chili Wreath, sweet smell of Jasmine and sassy Salvia combine to provide a “Heartfelt Welcome”, expressing your love to that wonderful Mom in your life! 

Image 11 inches tall x 11 inches wide. Outside of Senkarik/White Signature Frame is 16 inches tall x 16 inches wide.

Regular Price $790  SPECIAL MOTHER’S DAY PRICE  $690

Don’t delay, MOTHER’S DAY is May 9th! Give her a Senkarik “Billboard of Happiness” that will make her heart smile for the rest of her life. I’ll be happy to personalize the back of the art for the recipient; please let me know as soon as possible after you make your purchase. 

CLICK HERE To shop the exclusive MOTHER’S DAY COLLECTION of SENKARIK paintings!

Words can’t begin to express my heartfelt appreciation for you being part of my life! Thank you and HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

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Crimson Visitor

April 23, 2021

Using an AMPERSAND Cradled Panel as my support, I begin sketching the basic design of my composition with a thin oil wash made of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. The Red Northern Cardinal is washed in with Alizarin Crimson + Liquin. My reference pictures are taped to my easel, making them easy to refer to as I work. You may click on this or any of the other images to view enlargements.

The adobe wall in the background is covered with several mixes in different combinations of White + MUD + Cadmium Orange and White + MUD. The corner of my Bright (square-tipped) Brush is used to work carefully around my sketch. To learn more about the brushes I prefer to use CLICK HERE.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION:

Blocking in the Sunflowers and White Daisies.

The surface of the floor is painted with mixtures of MUD + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Red Light, Ultramarine Blue + MUD + White and Cadmium Orange + Pthalo Blue + White. I let the sunlight splash across the tiles from the right. Then the perspective lines are drawn into the wet paint with a thin brush dipped in a mix of MUD + Liquin.

Various combinations of MUD + Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White are used for the heavily textured wicker basket.

Silver Pony Foot Vine spills out of the basket from under the Sunflowers.

The highlights on Mr. Chippers fiery feathers are made of Cadmium Red Light + White.

The final step is to accentuate the petals of the Sunflowers illuminated by sunshine. Mixes of Cadmium Yellow Medium + Lemon Yellow and Cadmium Yellow Medium + Lemon Yellow + White are used to add the cheery light to these happy flowers!

My heart always jumps for joy when Mr. Chippers appears in my garden. This “Crimson Visitor” is all set to bring that same Cheerful Joy to your heart! I appreciate you following along today!

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SPRING’S MAGIC

April 21, 2021

In this session I’m working on a 6 inch by 6 inch Ampersand cradled panel. You can probably tell, I definitely have Spring Fever. It’s so wonderful to see flowers blooming and butterflies flittering around the garden. So I’m bringing them inside to my studio! My reference photos are taped to the easel and I’ve started sketching the basic plan with a thin oil mixture of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to see enlargements.

The sketch on the cradled panel is complete, let’s get to painting. Come Watch…..

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Starting to Paint

The foliage and leaflets on the flower buds are painted with mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + Lemon Yellow. White is added to make the lightest shade of green. The shadow portion of the White Rose of Sharon blossoms are made of combinations of White + Ultramarine Blue, White + Dioxazine Purple and White + Pthalo Blue. Pure White is used for the petals illuminated by the sun.

The stamen, full of pollen, is mixtures of Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD, Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red Light and Cadmium Yellow Medium + White.

The Monarch’s wings are first painted with mixes of MUD + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Red Light. Then the distinctive Black edging and pattern in the filmy wings are drawn into the wet paint of the wing with Ivory Black.

The fragrant flowers and whisper of the Monarch’s wings bring a touch of “SPRING’S MAGIC” to your heart! Thank you for following along today!

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Delightful Melody

April 16, 2021

Today’s session shows several days of actual painting time at my easel. Application of the Opaque Oils begins in the background, here are my color mixtures. All of the big blobs, in the center of the palette, are mixes in varying proportions of White + MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + a touch of Cadmium Orange and a little more Ultramarine Blue. The paints lined up at the far left of my glass palette are the washes left over from the first session. The colors along the top are the basis of our Double Primary Color Mixing System. If you’d like to learn more about the wonderful Color Mixing System that Jack developed, CLICK HERE!

The flowers, leaves and Hummingbirds that I washed in earlier are now dry. I carefully work around the washed in areas to preserve the design of the composition. You may click on this, or any of the other images to see enlargements.

I love painting shadows. Sunlight spilling over the Cross Vine, illuminates the lowest of the three Hummingbirds, casting his shadow onto the white wall in the background.

The flashing wings are painted wet-into-wet over the background. This enables me to soften the edges, giving the impression of movement.

Cadmium Red Light + a touch of white is used to highlight the “Ruby” throat of the Hummingbird.

The shadow of this fella’s thin, long beak streaks down over his bright White chest!

The leaves are painted with the flat, broad edge of my Bright, square tipped brush. CLICK HERE to learn more about the brushes I prefer to use.

Mixes of Cadmium Red Light + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Orange and Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Yellow Medium are used for the trumpet shaped blossoms.

The deep centers of the flowers are added with a mix of Magenta + Liquin.

“DELIGHTFUL MELODY” 19 inches tall by 9 inches wide

Let the antics, squeaks and whispering wings of the Hummingbirds fill your soul with their “DELIGHTFUL MELODY”! It’s been fun having you visit my studio. Please do come back again! Hugs,

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Cross Vine and Hummers

April 13, 2021

I’ve got SPRING FEVER so I’m starting a SPRING painting today. Fortunately our Cross Vine survived the brutal cold that we had in February. It’s blooming profusely now and Hummingbirds are loving the trumpet shaped blossoms. I make a quick drawing of my idea in a sketchbook to solidify the composition. Please remember as you read my blog, you may click on any of the images to view enlargements.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Sketching the Initial Plan on the Canvas

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Sketching One of the Hummingbirds

The blossoms of the Cross Vine are blocked in with mixes of Permanent Rose + Liquin and Magenta + Liquin.

Thin oil washes of Sap Green + Liquin and Pthalo Blue + Liquin are used to block in the foliage. I carefully work around the flowers as I want their color to remain vibrant.

Now the delicate stems and twigs of the rambling vine are added.

I‘ll allow this to dry completely and begin applying opaque oil color in our next session. Hope you’ll come back and follow along! HUGS,

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