A Blank Canvas

The blank canvas is up on the easel, the colors for my double primary palette are laid out and I’m ready to get started. Now, which one am I going to paint? When I emailed the pen and ink sketches to Terry we got an immediate response. It was short and to the point. Three words to be exact, “The Red Bridge!”

The first step is to establish the mass of foliage in the left corner. This helps me in the placement of the bridge. The basic curves of the bridge and railing are drawn with a brush dipped in a mixture of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

The uprights on the bridge are drawn next.

After the bridge and the block of foliage on the right are complete, my attention turns to positioning the Great White Egret on the canvas. I’m using “Clicker Bobbie”, our resident egret on Senkarik Pond, as my model.

The wash drawing is finished. Please do come back again and watch this special garden piece grow. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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2 Responses to “A Blank Canvas”

  1. Donna Says:


    I find this very interesting to watch this particular one develop.
    I am interested and hope to see soon the next development.
    I am particularly watching for the value drawing you have done as it advances into a painting. I need to polish my own “value painting into finished painting” skills.

    I love what you have so far.
    I love all of your paintings!

  2. Nina Says:

    hello! You use liquin original?

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