Baskets of Happiness

We are going back to the Greek Islands today. I love the burros that are used for transportation and to haul just about everything. Especially beautiful are the little donkeys loaded with flowers, just perfect to paint for our Collector Event. Every year I try to do some small pieces for our show in Santa Fe. These are a lot of fun to do and they are very popular with our collectors. During the Event we have a drawing giving our collectors the opportunity to purchase the little gems.

The whitewashed building with Cobalt Blue window and shutters is painted first. Then the blossoms of the Geraniums are blocked in with mixes of Cadmium Red Deep + Magenta and Cadmium Red Deep + Cadmium Red Light. To enlarge any of these pictures just click on the image.

After completing the Geraniums and floor I begin to block in the burro. Various mixtures of Cadmium Orange + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Ultramarine Blue + White make the basic browns of the body. The black for the mane, tail and legs is mixed with Alizarin Crimson + Pthalo Blue. Some of the cool shadow color from the building is used for the white belly. I brace my wrist on the mahl stick to steady my hand as I paint the detail.

Baskets of Happiness     11″ x 14″     Original Oil Painting

The flower vendor is ready to head out with his burro’s Baskets of Happiness filled with cheery Sunflowers. Listen closely, can you hear the bell jingle as the little donkey shakes his head? Thank you for visiting our studio, have a super day. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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2 Responses to “Baskets of Happiness”

  1. Renuka Pillai Says:

    You start with such a wonderful drawing Mikki! Beautiful work…..

  2. Renuka Pillai Says:

    Dear Mikki, How much will be the asking price of “Basket of Happiness” I am sorry but was just curious….

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