Archive for April, 2013

On The Way to Taos

April 30, 2013

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A garlic strand and some dried flowers have been painted behind the ristras. Next I begin constructing the bins and base of the fruit stand.

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In my mind I could hear the sound of our truck tires on the crunchy gravel as I worked on the parking area in front of the stand. It’s funny how those delightful memories crop up while painting some of our favorite places.

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And talk about memories…… My mouth was watering as I painted the fresh peaches and apples. YUMMM!

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Indian Corn is another item we always seem to pick up when we stop at Sopyn’s.

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Dried gourds fill out the area by the Indian Corn. Hollyhocks, Matilija Poppies and Coreopsis jumble together happily in the foreground. The blossom colors are blocked in first.

SD2013 On the Way to Taos 20x24On the Way to Taos     20″ x 24″   Original Oil Painting

After completing the leaves on the flowers the details of the Chili Ristras are added. The final touch is to paint the brightly colored flags dancing in the breeze. Hope this painting sparks many warm remembrances of stopping at Sopyn’s On the Way to Taos for those who see it. Thank you for following my blog, I appreciate each and every one of my readers. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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Signs, Signs and more Signs

April 29, 2013

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The sky, distant mountain and tree are painted first. The color for the weathered red tin roof is made by mixing various proportions of Alizarin Crimson + White + MUD (a deep purple made of equal parts of Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson). If you would like to know more about the double primary palette Jack developed CLICK HERE. I also tell why he calls that particular deep purple combination MUD!

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Next for the sign. The entire surface is painted first. I leave a little of my original sketched in lettering for a guide. Since this side of the panel is in shadow a mix of Cadmium Red Deep + a touch of Magenta is used for SOPYN’S.

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The fruit and leaves at the top left of the sign are painted directly into the wet background. Guidelines are made for the top and bottom of the letters for the lower portion of the sign. Then I begin lettering the “Fruit Stand” part of the panel. A mix of MUD + Liquin is used for the calligraphy. As the individual letters are completed I paint out the guidelines.

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The body of the building is blocked in, working carefully around the washed in chili ristras that are now dry. They have a luminosity that I don’t want to cover up. I’ll let some of that remain when I come back and add opaque paint to the individual peppers. Dark areas are added behind the hanging ristras to indicate stuff in the background.

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Now for that cool APPLES sign. The yellow part is made of Cadmium Yellow Medium + a little Cadmium Orange + MUD. I want the background of the sign to be muted so it will stay back. Cadmium Red Deep is used for the lettering. WHEW! Got ’em done. Hope to see you tomorrow, we should be finishing up. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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Fruit Stands

April 27, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADon’t you just love little roadside markets that feature local produce? Sopyn’s Fruit Stand on the way to Taos is a favorite of ours. I thought it would be fun to do a bit different painting for the Wildernightingale Gallery in Taos. So here goes……

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I’m combining the two photos at the top of the page. I really like the Apples sign in the picture on the left and will use the image on the right for the layout. The main elements are sketched on the canvas with a wash of equal parts of Alizarin Crimson + Ultramarine Blue. Liquin is added to make the mix thin enough to draw with.

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Next the chili ristras are washed in with Alizarin Crimson + Liquin.

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Flowers will fill the lower right corner. We’re all sketched up and ready to begin painting. Hope you’ll come back and follow along. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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Mother’s Day is Right Around the Corner

April 26, 2013

SH10210 Expression of Elegance 20x16 red

Honor that special Mom in your life with an    

“Expression of Elegance”

It’s hard to believe the day we honor all of the loving, hard working moms in our lives is right around the corner on May 12. What about being different this year and giving that exceptional mother in your life a Senkarik original oil painting that she can enjoy long after the usual flowers and candy are gone? Let these fresh spring Irises bring her joy for years to come, every time she looks at them on her wall. Say “You mean so much to me” with the gift of Expression of Elegance, available exclusively on my eBay auction. The bidding ends on May 1 leaving plenty of time to ship your painting to arrive for the big day.

SH10210 Expression of Elegance with Mikki

The unframed dimension of Expression of Elegance is 20 inches tall x 16 inches wide.  It comes ready for you to pop in a traditional frame measuring 16″ x 20″. This size original oil painting would sell in our Team Senkarik Galleries for $1,000. However, on my eBay auction we are starting the bid at a penny!

To Go to the auction for Expression of Elegance CLICK HERE.

The auction ends Wednesday, May 1 at 8 PM in Texas (Central Time). I can personalize your painting on the back by writing something especially for you. Just let me know as soon as possible when you win.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you wonderful moms on our Team! Hugs,

Mikki and Jack signature

Vignettes of Spring

April 24, 2013

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Our garden is happily blooming away. Thought I’d share a few vignettes of spring with you.

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Red Corn Poppies and Green Thread, the yellow flowers, are popping up among the Bluebonnets.

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The Peggy Martin Roses are starting to burst out in their spring finery. In a few more weeks the arbor will be solid pink. I’ll keep you updated on the progress.

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Our Canna Lilies are in the bed to the right of the Rose Arbor. Here’s the first bloom of the year!

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The studio patio is such a pleasant place to sit and relax. The vine to the right of our King Ranch Rockers is Star Jasmine. In a few weeks it will be in full flower and fill the air with its awesome fragrance. Thanks for visiting the studio today. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

A Kiss of Spring

April 21, 2013

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Now, let’s get some color going here. The Azaleas are warm mixes in various proportions of Permanent Rose + White and Permanent Rose + Cadmium Red Light + White. The large mass of flowers is blocked in first.

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Next the leaves are painted in and around the colorful flowers. I use several mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium for the foliage. An occasional stroke of Pthalo Blue + White is made to add coolness in the depths of the leaves.

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I had originally thought of yellow Daffodils in the foreground. However, after the Azaleas were finished I decided that White Narcissus would look better. The crisp White flowers with yellow cups, or corona, pop against the warm Pink Azaleas.

SD1913 A Kiss of Spring 24x30

A Kiss of Spring        24″ x 30″    Original Oil Painting

The smaller tree on the left bothered me, the piece felt too crowded so I took it out. Also the trunk of the tree to the right of the bridge was too large. Three smaller trees look more natural. I went back in and worked on the reflections a bit more, adding some greens and soft grays reflecting down from the trees behind the bridge. I love this old, red camelback style bridge nestled near the Thompson Neely House at the Washington Crossing State Park in New Hope. It’s especially handsome paired with the soft greens of new leaves. Doesn’t this time of year make your heart sing? Take a moment to sit on the bank and enjoy A Kiss of Spring. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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Reflections on the Canal

April 20, 2013

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Just a quick HELLO from Molly, our rescue kitty and garden mascot. She’s taking a break from hunting for lizards in the Bluebonnets!

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Now let’s get back to the easel. The entire area of the canal is painted with a mix of Ultramarine Blue + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White. I make it a little lighter in the foreground where the sky overhead reflects into the water. Using some of the paint from the trees the reflections are pulled straight down over the wet paint of the canal.

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At the right edge of the canal a slight breeze ripples the surface of the water. A few strokes of Ultramarine Blue + White are pulled horizontally to indicate this.

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The water is lightened a little more under the reflection of the bridge. Also the trunk of tree to the right of the bridge is reflected into the water. That’s it for today but please come back tomorrow, we’ll be finishing up. The painting will really change when the warm Azaleas are added in the front. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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Distant Woods

April 19, 2013

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The paint from the previous painting is saved at the left end of my palette. It comes in handy for the woods in the distance.

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The sky is painted first. A mix of Cobalt Blue + White is used for the upper portion. The sky near the tree line is painted with a lighter mixture of Pthalo Blue + White. Next the leftover paint is used for the leafless trees.

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By working wet-into-wet I can keep the top edges of the trees soft. A muted, spring green made of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White is dragged into the gray of some of the distant trees to indicate new growth.

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This is my favorite time of year, a new beginning! I get so excited when the trees begin putting on their new, spring foliage. Jack and I drive around celebrating as we observe the signs of the earth waking up after winter. I don’t know what we’d do if we lived where it really gets cold and snows!

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Fresh grass covers the slopes of the tow path. I can just imagine hearing the clip-clop of a mule pulling a barge along the quiet waters of the Delaware Canal.

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And now for the red bridge…….Mixtures of various proportions of Cadmium Red Deep + Cadmium Red Light + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) are used. A bit of White is added for the highlights. The red looks so nice against the complimentary soft green of the new leaves in the background. Thanks for visiting our studio today. Hope you’ll come back soon. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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Bridge over the Delaware Canal

April 18, 2013

Jack’s newest article is out on Fine Art Studio Online! CLICK HERE to read Stop Telling and Start Selling.

Delaware Canal howard cooperman

Howard and Edye, the owners of the Bucks County Gallery sent this picture of the Delaware Canal. Jack and I thought it would be really nice with a few spring flowers added.

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What heralds spring in this part of the county better than Azaleas and Daff0dils? A quick thumbnail sketch is made to solidify my thoughts. I’ve taken artistic license and rearranged the elements in the photo just a bit.

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My basic plan is drawn up on the canvas with a brush dipped in a thin mix of equal parts of Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson + Liquin. A few adjustments are made as I work. I’ve decided to move the bridge a little closer to the foreground.

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The maze of trees in the background are washed in as a solid mass. If you would like to see any of the images larger just click on the picture. We’re ready to begin painting. Hope you’ll come back tomorrow and watch. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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A Sad Day

April 16, 2013

We are shocked, angered and saddened by the tragedy in Boston. Jack and I hold all of those touched by this senseless bombing close in our hearts. We’re keeping you in our prayers.

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The stone wall is a different pattern than the building. The entire wall area is painted, then the crevices between the rocks are delineated.

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My usual sequence of Flowers First, Leaves Last is followed on the Geraniums. The Reds of the blossoms are mixes of Magenta + Cadmium Red Deep and pure Cadmium Red Deep. You can see the initial block in on the container at the right. On the left I’m painting the leaves around the Red with various mixes of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow.

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After the leaves, stems and buds of the Geraniums are finished, the flowers are highlighted with Cadmium Red Light. Next I move to the Daylilies in front of the wall. It would be difficult to paint the long, thin leaves around the flowers so I reverse my usual order and block in the foliage first.

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The flowers of the Daylilies are painted over the foliage and wall. I have to carefully “Lay” the paint of the blossoms on top of the green leaves so I don’t pick up any of the color underneath. Deep centers complete the orange Lilies and we’re done! The winged arms of that happy, little heart bench offer an Invitation to Linger Awhile! Thanks for following along. If you ever have any questions please feel free to ask. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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