A Little Reminder

February 6, 2016

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I know a lot of you are planning to watch Super Bowl 50 tomorrow,  Jack and I certainly are. But don’t forget……the eBay auction for Romantic Reflection ends tomorrow, February 7 at 8 pm Central Time! So take a little break from the football action. Or put your bid in early. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to WIN an original Senkarik figurative painting for that special Valentine in your life!

CLICK HERE to go directly to the auction.


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The Thrill of Cutting

February 5, 2016


Back to horses! This commission is actually a Christmas present. My collector was so nice, she was willing to wait until I could work the painting into my schedule. We came up with a special Gift Certificate to give her husband on Christmas morning. The fun thing is now Craig will get to follow along as I paint the portrait of him and Starlight Merada (Chunky) in action.

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Sarah really liked the action in the photograph shown in the first picture. But she wanted it all to take place outdoors. That’s the wonderful thing about painting, we can make the world as we want it to be. Here’s my sketch. I moved the calf in the foreground to show more of Chunky. Besides, I didn’t want the backside of the steer to be the focal point of the painting.

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First, the composition is lightly sketched with pencil on the canvas.

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Now I begin drawing the herd milling around behind Craig and Chunky. A thin oil wash made of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin is used. I’ve primed the canvas with White acrylic which makes the surface slightly slick. This allows me to wipe off any errant lines.

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One thing I really like about working on the acrylic primed canvas is that I can “Lift” highlights out of areas that have been washed in. This technique comes in especially handy when blocking in Chunky’s gleaming coat. As you read though the blog please remember, you can click on any of the pictures to see them larger.

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With all that action going on there will be lots of dust flying!

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The portrait of Craig and Chunky is completely washed in. We’ll begin painting in the next session. Hope you’ll come back and watch. If you would like to receive an email every time I publish a new post you can 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! Hugs,

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Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

February 1, 2016

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I’m listing a piece for our eBay collectors just in time for Valentines! I rarely do figures so this piece is especially fun for me. Many of you may not know this but I began my art career as a Medical Illustrator. So all of the anatomy I learned at the Medical College of Georgia comes in handy! Here is my initial sketch on canvas.

If you’d like to go directly to the auction CLICK HERE.

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Walking through a secluded courtyard our lovely lady has taken a moment to sit and enjoy the fragrance of the flowers, reflecting on their beauty. Since I don’t paint figures very often here is your opportunity to own an original Senkarik figurative piece. February 14th is just around the corner, gift that special someone in your life with a Valentine of Romantic Reflection. They will see an expression of your love every time the recipient views Romantic Reflection on their wall. I’ll even personalize the back of the painting to the person you are giving it to. Just let me know as soon as possible after you win!

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Romantic Reflection measures 14 inches tall by 11 inches wide. Please remember, you may click on any of these images to view them larger.

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AND…. you don’t have to worry about framing. Romantic Reflection is painted on a gallery wrapped canvas with finished sides. It’s wired and ready to hang on your wall; we even provide the hanger and nail.

This original oil painting would retail in our galleries for $790 but to make it more fun we are starting the bidding at 1 cent. That’s right, ONLY A PENNY! But don’t linger, the auction ends Sunday evening, February 7, at 8 PM Central Time! This way we can make certain it arrives in time for Valentine’s Day!

CLICK HERE to go directly to the auction.

Happy Bidding,
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Winter in Our Garden

January 29, 2016

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OK, for all of you living in the frozen north this blog is especially for you. It’s January in our garden. No Snow here in central Texas! Roses, Snapdragons and Pansies are happily blooming away.

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This is taken from under the arbor in the first picture. I’m looking back toward our fountain courtyard.  Please keep in mind as you go through my blog, if you’d like to see any of the pictures larger just click on the image.

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Some of our irises are in full flower!

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In front of our home/studio the garden is also quite happy. Don’t you think the snapdragons in front of the blue containers are striking? The tall red blooms at the base of the oak trees are aloes. Hummingbirds love them.

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AND….Bluebonnets are popping up among the snapdragons. In a couple of months this bed should be filled with our Texas State Flower. I’ve started using leaves for mulch in our garden. We have lots of flower beds and lots of leaves! It’s certainly much less expensive than bagged mulch. And we are getting a plethora of earthworms in the soil. So, that’s the latest news from Mikki and Jack’s garden. STAY WARM! Hugs,

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A Plethora of Peppers

January 27, 2016

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The entire surface of the satillo tile floor is covered first. The shadows are established first, then I come back and paint the portion of the floor that is illuminated by the sun.

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Perspective lines are pulled into the wet paint with a fine liner brush.

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After drawing the horizontal lines separating the tiles the edges are highlighted where the sun hits them. The large ceramic containers are painted with mixtures in various proportions of Ultramarine Blue + White.

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If you’ve followed my blog very long you know I LOVE Sunflowers. They have such a cheerful determination, if I were a flower that is what I’d be! The mass of yellow blossoms is blocked in first.

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The large leaves are mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium. Then the dark centers of the Sunflowers are added.

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Lavender nestles at the base of the rustic ladder. The flowers are made of Dioxazine Purple + White.

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The California Poppies are also painted in my regular sequence of FLOWERS FIRST, LEAVES LAST. The blossoms are blocked in with several mixtures of Cadmium Red Light + Cadmium Orange, Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Light and pure Cadmium Orange. The foliage is painted with some of the greens left over from the Morning Glory Vine + a little Cadmium Yellow Medium.

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The deep centers of the Poppies are delineated with Magenta + Liquin.

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Painted with lots of thick texture the chilies now parade down the ladder. A Plethora of Peppers is ready to head off to Exposures Gallery in Sedona! I appreciate you following along. And please remember, always feel free to ask any questions you may have. This blog is for you! Hugs,

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January 23, 2016

Jack’s newest article has been published at FineArtStudioOnline. CLICK HERE to read RELENTLESS.

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Working on a new piece for our Sedona gallery. God has so blessed me as an artist, my collectors keep me busy. I’m juggling between commissions and paintings for our galleries. I’m all sketched up and ready to get started on this one. The flowers are labeled so I don’t forget my original idea when I get further along. I’ve certainly been known to do that :)

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First I have to “Construct” the building. Shadows are established first with mixes of Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White. The adobe in the sunlight is made of Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + White. After the large areas of light and dark are blocked in around the chili ladder I come back with the darker color and extend the tips of the pepper shadows.

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Red Chilies always look so positively Southwestern when paired with soft blue doors. This one is Pthalo Blue + White. More White is added to the mix for the lighter portion.

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The Window is painted with the shadow mix from the door with a little MUD added to make it a bit darker.

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Magenta Morning Glories tumble down over the old adobe structure. The blossoms have been blocked in first, now I’m painting the green of the foliage around the flowers. The small Bright (square) brush is perfect to delineate the heart shaped leaves. Please remember, as you read through my blog you can click on any of the pictures to see them larger.

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Deep, dark centers and highlights complete the cascading flowers made of mixes of Magenta + White, Magenta + Dioxazine Purple + White and Magenta + Alizarin Crimson + White. I’ve gone back to the door and added a few heart shaped shadows cast by the leaves. Gives the piece a subliminal “Aire of Romance”. If you would like to receive an email every time I publish a new post you can 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! Hugs,

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January 20, 2016

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A hug is like a boomerang………..

you get it back right away!


So here is a BIG HUG for today,

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Sentimental Treasures

January 16, 2016

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Sunny Sunflowers! Here are my color mixes. #1. MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. #2. Pthalo Blue + Liquin. #3. Two mixes of Ultramarine Blue + Lemon Yellow. #4. Cadmium Yellow Medium + a bit of Alizarin Crimson + MUD. #5. Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD. #6. Pure Cadmium Yellow Medium. #7. Cadmium Yellow Medium + Lemon Yellow.

Painting the Sunflowers, FLOWERS FIRST, LEAVES LAST. One of my collectors called just as I was getting ready to put the finishing highlights on the blossoms at the end of the video; I had to cut it a bit short!

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Here are the Sunflowers all finished out. You can enlarge the image to see it better, just click on the picture.

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Jeana also wanted to include a pair of Cardinals. I use Mr. Chippers, one of the regular visitors in our garden, for my model.

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White Petunias fill the foreground planter. They are painted in the same sequence as the Sunflowers. Working in this order keeps my flower colors crisp and clean. If I painted leaves first my brush would pick up the green as I blocked in the blooms, making them muddy.

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Mrs. Chippers nestles at the base of the Petunias to feed on some Sunflower seeds. Mr. Chippers keeps watch. He’ll sound the alarm if Nathan or the Hawk decide to come their way.

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We’re DONE! Sentimental Treasures is full of special memories that Jeana will be able to enjoy for years to come. Don’t you like the name Jack came up with? He always steps up to the plate for me, I’m so blessed to have him in my life. As we are blessed to have our readers who follow both of us. A great big Texas, “MUCH OBLIGED” to all of you!

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Keeping Watch

January 15, 2016

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The tile base of the fountain is first painted with mixes of Ultramarine Blue + White. Then the light grout lines are dragged into the wet paint. I’ve also brought of few strokes of the deep blue down into the tile floor. Some of the water has splashed over, reflecting the base. You can click on the image if you would like to see it larger.

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Nathan, one of Jeana’s fur babies, keeps watch over the courtyard. He’s acutely aware of the Hawk coming in for a landing but also knows that as soon as the Hollyhocks are painted he’ll be hidden!

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The lucky four leaf clover made of hearts is for Jeana’s mom. This is one of the main reasons I love collaborating with my collectors; it’s so fun working all of the special elements into their paintings. And this one is chock full!

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Now, let’s get those Hollyhocks painted so Nathan has some cover. The pink flowers are blocked in first with several shades of Permanent Rose + White.

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Mixtures of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow are used for the bright green foliage.

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OK, we’ve got the Hollies done so our “Watch Cat” is now undercover! Not much more to go…..we’ll finish up in the next session. AND, I’ll even have a VIDEO! Hugs,

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Splish Splash

January 13, 2016

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Let’s get to laying saltillo tile. The entire surface of the courtyard floor is painted, establishing the light and shadow pattern. The distant level, outside the gate, is made bluer so it will recede. I also add some brush strokes of Ultramarine Blue + White at the back edge of both the front courtyard and the shadow across the foreground for the same reason.

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Next the perspective lines are drawn freehand into the wet paint of the floor. I can’t use the mahl stick here, it would limit the movement of my hand and make it difficult to pull a straight line. You can see this better if you enlarge the image, just CLICK on the picture.

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The painting is laid flat on the taboret to paint the bottom edge of the gallery wrap canvas. The perspective lines are continued over the side. Having the wet painting attached to cardboard makes it MUCH easier to move. I can handle it by holding the cardboard and avoid getting any paint on my hands.

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After the perspective lines are drawn the horizontal ones separating the tiles are delineated. The edge of the individual pavers where they are illuminated by the sun are highlighted.

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The turquoise containers on the outer terrace are filled with California Poppies. Following my usual sequence of Flowers First, Leaves Last I begin with the blossoms.

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California Poppies also reside in the pots directly behind the fountain. The blooms have been blocked in already, now I’m painting the leaves. I use my Bright brush dipped in various greens to work around the Oranges and Reds, shaping the blossoms.

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The fountain is painted with several mixtures of Viridian Green + Cadmium Orange + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White. The edge of the shadow side of the bowls is lined with Ultramarine Blue + White. This helps to give the appearance of roundness.

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The splish, splashing water is dragged, straight down, over the edge and on top of the flowers in back of the fountain. I let the brush skip and dance over the bumpy, textured paint of the blooms to give the feeling of flowing water. Can’t you just hear the happy music it makes? BIG HUGS,

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