Reaching for the Sky

eb SH5713 Coastal Reflections Step 1

Now, let’s get busy on the second piece in the Calm Waters at Sunset Diptych. Both paintings were drawn up at the same time. This allows me to make certain the backgrounds and proportions of the birds match. Roseate Spoonbills are a little larger bird than the Snowy Egrets flying up out of the marsh grasses.

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eb SH5613 Reaching for the Sky Step 2

The sky is painted first, it sets the tone for the rest of the piece. I’ve designed this EMBRYO with palms in the distance to provide a dark background for the white birds.

eb SH5613 Reaching for the Sky Step 3

The dark reflections are pulled, straight down into the wet paint of the water. The palms and distant marsh grass are accented with warmth from the setting sun.

eb SH5613 Reaching for the Sky Step 4

After adding rusty reeds in the foreground I begin working on the Snowy Egrets. Painting the birds is a challenge. I have to get the shadows dark enough so the pure White highlights will glow. Another one of those little rules in making a painting: You can’t have Light without Dark.

eb SH5613 Reaching for the Sky 6x6

I think one of the prettiest sights in the world is the flashing white wings of Snowy Egrets against a sunset sky. Let these graceful birds Reaching for the Sky magically transport you to the serenity of the coastal marsh. These paintings retail in our galleries for $300 each but to add to the fun we are starting the bidding on both auctions at 1 cent. That’s right, ONLY A PENNY! But you must act quickly, the auctions end Sunday evening, August 11 beginning at 8 PM Central TIme.

eb SH5613 Reaching for the Sky with tape

Having earned a Master’s degree in Medical Illustration from the Medical College of Georgia, I’ve illustrated 47 major Medical, Anatomy and Surgical Textbooks. In honor of my Medical background these charming baby oil paintings are called EMBRYOS. They are new, fresh ideas that have yet to be “birthed” into a larger gallery piece. Add a spot of color on your wall with one or several, these collectible EMBRYOS hang nicely in groups. Do you have a gift giving occasion coming up? EMBRYOS make wonderful gifts that will bring smiles for years to come.

eb SH5613, SH5713

Reflections of the sky on still water as the sun slowly descends at the end of the day are so beautiful. Then add some Roseate Spoonbills and Snow Egrets to complete the setting. AHHH, it’s time to relax and enjoy, escaping the hustle bustle of the day. These EMBRYOS are composed to hang as a pair, but they can be displayed individually. The auctions are staggered 7 minutes apart so you can win the two Original Oil Paintings to hang on your wall. AND…..If you win both pieces we will give you FREE SHIPPING!

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Happy Bidding,
Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

3 Responses to “Reaching for the Sky”

  1. Sharon Says:

    Mikki,, Your Embroys are absolutely beautiful. It looks like you do your sketch with ultramarine blue rather than pencil.. Do you think this would also work in watercolors? I admire so much of your story. I’m a late starter in painting. Having my first display at local library at age 70. Just now feeling alive and compentent. Thanks for sharing. Love your work. Have read Jack’s artticles for months now. Will follow your work now also!

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Thank you for your kind remarks. Actually I use an oil wash mixed of Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson to sketch up my basic plan on canvas. But I would use pencil to sketch the outline for watercolors. Since they are transparent the dark Ultramarine Blue might show through your final washes. Congratulations of your one woman show! Hugs, Mikki

  2. Babre Koch Says:

    This is stunnning, like it lots



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