A Combination of Paintings

Wrapped Up In Color (#12 on http://www.senkarik.com)

Since about 30% of my paintings are commissions we have the pieces on the Originals Page at www.senkarik.com numbered. This makes it much easier for our collectors to communicate with us when collaborating on a commission.

Pause and Enjoy

Our collector likes several of my paintings. He finally settled on the two above as the basis for this commission. His email read in part, “I like the window, the vases and the logs sticking out of the adobe structure in #12. I like the curve around walkway, the tree trunk, the chair and the chili in ‘Pause and Enjoy’ on the Walden gallery website.”

The first step is to make a pen and ink sketch for our client’s approval. I have flipped the composition and then combined the elements he liked.

Now to sketch up the basic plan on the canvas. Both paintings are brought up on my laptop to use as a guide, along with the pen and ink drawing attached to the easel. The blue tape on the canvas covers our Senkarik Signature Frame. When the painting is complete the tape will be pulled off, leaving the frame pristine. It’s football season, GO COWBOYS!

Using a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin perspective lines are drawn to help establish the door, window and logs, or vigas, projecting out of the adobe wall.

The basic elements of the painting are completely drawn. In our next session I will begin applying paint. The flowers are labeled so I won’t forget what we decided to plant! Have a wonderful evening and hope to see you tomorrow. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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