A Kiss of Winter

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Several areas in our great country are experiencing the first snow of the season so I thought it would be fun to paint some of the fluffy white stuff. In the initial sketch I draw the architecture as if there was not going to be any snow at all. The base line of the building, door and pot are established. This way I can keep all of the proportions correct.

In a snow painting I make the adobe mix darker than usual so the white will really POP! I’m using mixtures in varying amounts of  MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + a touch of Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. The chili ristras are washed in with Alizarin Crimson + Liquin.

The southwest style door is a mix of Pthalo Blue + White. The willow branches in the opening are drawn over the dark area that has been allowed to dry. Bracing against the mahl stick makes the process much easier.

The white canvas works to my advantage when painting the English Ivy draped over the building. Leaving the blank canvas lets me see how the pattern of snow will look!

The Mums are completely painted, then they are covered with snow. I’m careful to “Lay” the paint on the flowers so I don’t pick up any of the color underneath. This way the white remains crisp and clean.

A Kiss of Winter     19″ x 16″    Original Oil Painting

Since I usually paint sun warmed architecture surrounded by flowers it’s a real challenge to paint snow and maintain my colorful “Voice”. We finally figured the best way to accomplish this was for me to paint the first snow of the year. That way there is still foliage and flowers on the plants that have been touched by A Kiss of Winter.

The outside dimension of the Senkarik Signature Frame is 19 inches tall and 16 inches wide. The size of the painted image is 13 3/4 inches tall by 10 3/4 inches wide. A Senkarik original oil painting this size sells in our galleries for $790. The auction bidding starts at a PENNY. That’s right, 1 cent. And…. to say thank you we are giving FREE SHIPPING, anywhere in the continental United States, to the winner.

So have some fun and visit my auction on eBay. Just CLICK HERE to Bid!

Good Luck and Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

2 Responses to “A Kiss of Winter”

  1. Michelle McSpadden Says:

    Hi Mikki!!
    I recently discovered your blog and website after reading one of Jack’s great articles on the FASO blog and wanted to thank you for taking the time to share your work and life so transparently and generously with others. God has surely brought you a long way and I pray that He blesses you abundantly, above, and beyond your dreams!
    Michelle : )

  2. BEVERLY SIMMONS - YERGLER Says:

    I LOVE LOOKING AT YOUR PICTURES. THANKYOU FOR
    SHOWING US HOW YOU DO YOUR WORK. IT MEANS ALOT
    TO ME, BEV

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