Jewels of the Desert

SJ9913-SJ10012-SJ10113 sketch

My eBay auctions this week feature a trio of cactus blooms. Initially a series of thumbnail sketches is made to solidify my ideas. To see this or any of the other images larger just CLICK on the picture.

SJ10013 After the Rain Step 1

Then the basic outline of the design is drawn up on each panel with a thin oil wash.

SJ9913-SJ10012-SJ10113 sketched on canvas

I draw up all three pieces at the same time making it easier to keep the size relationships consistent.

To skip ahead and go directly to all three eBay auctions CLICK HERE

SJ9913 Precious Color Step 2

The background is painted first. Mixtures of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White are made with Blue being the predominant color. To lighten the mix more White is added. The glob at the bottom has the most White while the one on top has the least.

SJ10013 After the Rain Step 2

After the background is painted I begin to work on the actual cactus. The same three colors are mixed for the green pads, just in different proportions. Much more Cadmium Orange is added to make the mixtures greener. The fine thorns are pulled directly into the wet paint, allowing for smooth, thin lines.

SJ10013 After the Rain Step 3

Now for the POP of color. The vibrant flowers explode against the muted colors of the background and cactus.

SJ10013 After the Rain 6x6After the Rain   6″ x 6″ Original Oil Painting EMBRYO

We usually don’t equate brilliant color with the desert. But let it rain and WOW! The muted grey greens of the desert provide a beautiful compliment to the intensity of the colorful flowers adorning the cacti. Bring a spot of color into your life with these incredibly yellow Prickly Pear cactus blooms that magically appear After the Rain.

CLICK HERE to go to the auction for After the Rain

SJ10113 Desert Gem 6x6Desert Gem   6″ x 6″    Original Oil Painting EMBRYO

When the desert bursts out in bloom it looks as if the cacti are decorated with brilliant jewels. Let Desert Gem adorn your home with the vivid, jewel like color of a Prickly Pear Cactus flower.

To go to the auction for Desert Gem CLICK HERE

SJ9913 Precious Color 6x6Precious Color   6″ x 6″   Original Oil Painting EMBRYO

I’m so glad we had the opportunity to live in Carefree, Arizona for a few years and experience the seasons in the Sonoran Desert. Rain is so precious, monsoons make the normally subtle cacti explode into brilliant blooms. Let the Precious Color of the intense pink blossoms of a Cholla Cactus brighten up your wall.

CLICK HERE to go to the auction for Precious Color

SJ10113 Desert Gem 6x6 with ruler

Why do we call these EMBRYOS? 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 6 inch by 6 inch baby oil paintings are called EMBRYOS. They are new, fresh ideas that have yet to be “birthed” into a larger gallery piece. Don’t worry about framing, each is on a cradled panel with finished sides, ready to hang up on your wall. Add a spot of color in your home with one or several, these collectible EMBRYOS hang nicely in groups. Christmas is right around the corner. EMBRYOS make wonderful gifts that will bring smiles for years to come.


Precious Color, After the Rain and Desert Gem are designed to hang individually or as a triptych. Bring the “Jewels of the Desert” to your home. These original oil paintings retail in our galleries for $390 each but to make it more fun we are starting the bidding on all three auctions at 1 cent. That’s right, ONLY A PENNY! The auctions are staggered 7 minutes apart so you can win one or all of the Original Oil Paintings to hang on your wall. AND…..If you win the entire set we will give you FREE SHIPPING! But don’t wait too long, the auctions end Sunday evening beginning at 8 PM Central Time!

CLICK HERE to go directly to all three auctions

Happy Bidding,
Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

2 Responses to “Jewels of the Desert”


    Okay Okay I NEED a set of these!!!

    Tomorrow is okay [?]

    Rob Pitzer Pitzers Fine Arts P O Box 2850 Wimberley, Texas 78676 G: 512-722-6032 C: 512-983-1085 Sola Gracia *(By Grace Alone)*

  2. zenobia Says:

    Love them!

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