Our Butterfly has a Name

Remember the Jim Croce song, I’ve got a Name?

Like the pine trees lining the winding road
I’ve got a name
I’ve got a name
Like the singing bird and the croaking toad
I’ve got a name
I’ve got a name

I’m probably dating myself with that reference but I loved that song as a teen and still do. Well, we have the smartest and most helpful readers, our pretty butterfly definitely has a name. As Charity Dakin, a wonderful artist from Canada said, “How absolutely fitting. Your mystery butterfly is a …………… PAINTED LADY Butterfly!” Would you like to meet Charity and see some of her art? You can, just CLICK HERE.

It’s back to Santa Fe for a nice fall day. The basic elements are sketched up on the canvas with a thin oil wash made of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + a liberal amount of Liquin. Then I begin painting with the sky.

In the early fall the hills around Santa Fe are covered with soft yellow Chamisa. I love the way the leaves of the Poplar Trees flutter in the breeze, catching the light as they wave to and fro.

The dark walls of the courtyard act like a tunnel, directing the viewer’s eye to the sunlit scene beyond. The roof tiles are painted with various mixes of MUD + Cadmium Orange and MUD + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Red Light. A few strokes of green from the distant hills are randomly added in the roof, giving the feeling of moss growing on the tiles.

Mixes of Ultramarine Blue + a little White are used for the window and gates.

Now that the walls and gates are finished you can really begin to see the tunnel effect. It will be even more apparent when the rest of the canvas is covered. Hope you’ll come back and see. Have a great day. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

Website: www.senkarik.com

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