Welcome to Our Newest Gallery!

We have some sad news and some glad news to share with you. Walden Fine Art in Taos, New Mexico has closed. We have been showing with Victoria Walden since April 2001. She and her daughters are like family to us, we’ve watched the girls grow into beautiful young women. Victoria has decided to take her life in another direction, we’ll miss being in her gallery but are very excited for her new beginning. AND…. speaking of new beginnings, we are very happy to now be represented in Taos by Wilder Nightingale Gallery. So if you are in the area please stop in and say WELCOME to Rob Nightingale and his sales staff, Donna and Tim. The gallery is located at 119 Kit Carson Road and their phone number is 575-758-3255. CLICK HERE to visit the gallery website.

It’s hard to believe it is almost snow season in New Mexico. BRRRRRRR, we’re having wonderful 80 degree days here. Winter visitors to Taos love to take a touch of the southwest snow home with them. Snow is not easy to work into my voice of flowers and architecture but Jack came up with the answer a few years ago. The FIRST SNOW of the year. Especially an early one when plants are still covered in flowers and leaves. I begin by sketching the scene as if there was no snow.

The adobe walls are painted with mixes in different proportions of Cadmium Orange + Pthalo Blue + White. MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) is added for the shadows. If you would like to learn more about our color mixing system CLICK HERE.

The fun of painting a snow piece is adding the frosting of white on the architecture and plants. I work the snow around the willow rungs on the door with a small Bright brush.

As I block in the vine overhanging the wall on the right side white canvas is left exposed to help me see where the snow will be.

Chrysanthemums are a cheery fall flower that are fun to paint and cover with snow. The flowers are painted first. Then the leaves will be worked around the blossom color.

Early Snowfall      14″ x 11″    Original Oil Painting

Snow is dragged over the flowers of the Chrysanthemums and the Petunias in the blue container. Then the fluffy blanket of white covering the entryway is painted. I got so excited painting I forgot to take a picture showing the in-between step! Early Snowfall was finished before I realized I hadn’t snapped a photo. OPPPS!

And, last but certainly not least, Jack’s newest article has just been published on Fine Art Studio Online. CLICK HERE to read No Plan B.

I’ll be working on a companion piece for our new gallery tomorrow. Come watch! Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

One Response to “Welcome to Our Newest Gallery!”

  1. Jody Poehl Says:

    Very nice as always I just completed a seascape that I brightened up a bit after I was finished based on you and 1 other artists suggestion… Take care.

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