A Sweet Schnauzer

Today’s painting is special, a portrait of a sweet schnauzer who is now in dog heaven. Zabrina supplied me with several photos of General so I could see his coloring. The basic sketch is drawn up on the canvas with a filbert brush dipped in a wash made of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. To see any of these pictures larger just click on the image.

The canvas has been primed with white acrylic instead of gesso. This allows me to easily wipe off any lines I don’t like. You can see a few areas around the ears that I’ve reworked. The sketch with the basic values is now finished and I’m ready to begin painting.

The background is carefully blocked in around the sketch. Pure Cadmium Red Light is painted directly behind his head. A mix of Cadmium Red Deep + Magenta is used for the darker portions of the red background. Tomorrow I’ll start working on “The General”, hope you will come watch.

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Have a great day. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

2 Responses to “A Sweet Schnauzer”

  1. zabrina Says:


    Mikki, so what can I Say!!!!! your talent has touch me in a way that I will ever be grateful for you kindness. I stared at the portrait of General for hours after you left and cried and stared and cried..but I was in awe how you really captured his favorite pose.(not to mention his blue collar).. and I was crying out of happiness..Every stroke of the paint brush was a stroke of love and truly he was not just a dog he was my companion and friend… I want to thank God for your talent and that others needing some comforting over a loss of a pet would consider their pets on canvas..You are an amazing person and truly an honor to call you my friend.:)) Mr.Jack a big hug and THANK YOU!!!…….HAVE A BLESSED DAY!! Love the both of You all very much:) @ MIKKI still freaking out!!

  2. Cheryl Says:

    Can’t resist 30% savings on “The Mystery of Making It!” Thanks for a great blog and all the encouragement you and Jack give to other artists!

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