Georgia O’Keefe and Ghost Ranch

SFAC New Gallery old signOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Here are a couple of shots of the new location of Santa Fe Art Collector gallery at 217 Galisteo Street! Isn’t it beautiful? The one on the left is before they got their sign hung up. We are so excited, it’s going to be so fun to have our annual collector event there on August 30 and 31st. Please make plans to attend, we’d love to give you a hug in person. Phyllis and Darrell gave me a whole wall in the new space! They sold two pieces last week so I’ve got to get them something to fill the empty spots on “MY” wall.

SA0213 Embracing Serenity Step 2

A serene courtyard always is popular. So let’s get to work. I sketch the basic architectural elements with a thin wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. The liquin thins the oil paint and makes it dry faster.

SA0213 Embracing Serenity Step 3

The scene though the open gates is drawn, shadows are washed in and the flowers labeled. The sketch is now complete.

SA0213 Embracing Serenity Step 4

The sky is painted first, establishing the lighting for the piece. Working forward the most distant mountain is made cooler, or bluer, so it will recede. Then the foreground bluffs are blocked in with mixes of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. MUD is added for the darker shades.

SA0213 Embracing Serenity Step 5

Georgia O’Keefe lived and painted at Ghost Ranch, near Albiquiu in northern New Mexico for many years. These stately bluffs are stalwart sentinels, keeping watch over the ranch. I’ve taken artistic license and moved them right outside this quiet courtyard. That’s the fun of being an artist, we can make the world the way we want it to be. Thanks for visiting the studio today, please do come back. Smiles and Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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2 Responses to “Georgia O’Keefe and Ghost Ranch”

  1. Bonita Zieseniss Says:

    Dear Mikki, Congradulation on getting your own wall in the new gallery, no wonder you sound so happy. Your happiness is catching. I`m happy also to go to my studio, where my husband just replaced all our lights with the daylight bulbs you told me about. I no longer have that yellow glare from the old bulbs. The happiness you and Jack have, is much like Mike and I, we`ve been married 53 years now and we share our studio. He does stained glass and of course I`ve been painting for 37 of those years. Have a good day!!!! Bonita Zieseniss

  2. pitzersart Says:

    Hey Looks great Lets hope you have a tough time keeping that wall filled!!! Rob Pitzer Pitzers Fine Arts P O Box 2850 Wimberley, Texas 78676 G: 512-722-6032 C: 512-983-1085 rob@pitzersart.com http://www.pitzersart.com Sola Gracia *(By Grace Alone)*

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