A Cozy Table for Two

Since Grape Creek Vineyards offers wine tasting in Fredericksburg Art Gallery I’m putting their label on the bottle of Merlot. This is a challenge, but with the assistance of my trusty fine liner brush, I’m up to it. You can’t see it in the image but I’m leaning against the mahl stick to steady my hand. I don’t try to delineate the logo on the label in minute detail but rather indicate it loosely. I will do the same with the lettering. To see the image larger just click the picture.

The wine bottle and glasses are done, on to the Geraniums. I’ve used mixes of Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Light + White and Cadmium Red Light + Permanent Rose + White for the blossoms. The foliage is made from Pthalo Blue + Hansa Lemon Yellow. The flowers are blocked in first, followed by the green leaves. Flower buds are being added on the right with some of the green that has a little white mixed in.

The flowers of the Petunias are washed in with Magenta. This is one of the reasons I like to paint on a pure white canvas. When a color is washed transparently over the white ground it has a luminosity and richness that you can’t get if the canvas has a colored undercoat. The foliage is then worked around the blossoms

In our past experience yellow flowers planted next to one of my red doors is very popular. So I’m putting Coreopsis in the flower bed to the right of the doorway. The shadow areas of the blossoms are mixes of Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson). The flowers in the light are made of Cadmium Yellow Medium + Hansa Lemon Yellow.

A Cozy Table for Two       24″ x 30″       Original Oil Painting

Many of you have asked about how our White Senkarik Signature Frame came about. Almost 20 years ago Jack was reading a book on Impressionism and found that Pisarro began using white frames in the third Impressionist exhibition in 1877. Pisarro felt the luminosity of the white frame matched the overall lightness of tone in his paintings and picked up the pattern of light. White frames permitted every touch of color in the painting to play its full part. No one color was emphasized at the expense of another. Over these many years we have found they work wonderfully with my colorful paintings and our collectors love them, they work well in traditional as well as contemporary settings. The white frame tends to isolate the art from the surroundings, making the colors appear more brilliant. We’ve seen a few of my pieces that have been framed conventionally in dark frames. The darkness of the frame seems to cannibalize the color in the painting and it doesn’t look nearly as vibrant. I just want to say, “thank you Pisarro!”  Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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2 Responses to “A Cozy Table for Two”

  1. pEGGY Says:


  2. K. Henderson Says:

    I really like this one.

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