Archive for April, 2014

Tuscan Wine and Roses

April 3, 2014

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Let’s run away to Tuscany today for my eBay diptych! After sketching up the basic composition on the panels I begin painting the bright summer Tuscan sky and rolling landscape. Don’t you just love the little, hilltop villages in this part of Italy?

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Vineyards and Italian Cypress Trees finish out the background. Notice the farthest ends of the rows of vines are made bluer, or cooler, so they will recede. Then the fragrant roses spilling over the terrace wall are painted with mixes of Permanent Rose + White.

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The brilliant red door POPS with all of the green, its complimentary color, in the background.

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After the terra-cotta tiles are finished the frames of the chairs are drawn into the wet paint of the floor. The cushions are a Periwinkle Blue made of Ultramarine Blue + Dioxazine Purple + White.

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Now for the gardening. A lush Trumpet Creeper cascades down over the tiles of the roof.

SC3014 - SC3114 FINALCascade of Color                                 Heart of Tuscany

Geraniums and Sunflowers fill the containers, adding a happy jumble of color to the Tuscan terrace. These two Senkarik EMBRYOS, Cascade of Color and Heart of Tuscany, are designed to be displayed together or individually. The pair of these Original oil paintings would retail in our galleries for $780 but to make it more fun we are starting the bidding on each auction at 1 cent. That’s right, ONLY A PENNY! But you’ll need to act quickly, the auctions end Friday, April 4 beginning at 8 PM Central Time!

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Looking to add a spot of brightness in your home or office? Let this Tuscan Red Door, surrounded by cheerful flowers fill your life with a Cascade of Color. Wouldn’t you love to live where you could walk out the door and take in this view of Tuscany’s finest vineyards? Or perhaps you have a gift giving occasion coming up. Senkarik Original Embryos make unique gifts that are sure to please. The cheerful blossoms in Cascade of Color will last long after candy and regular flowers are gone.

CLICK HERE to go to my auction for Cascade of Color.

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Does the thought of sitting and sipping wine on a terrace overlooking vineyards and a quaint, Tuscan hilltop village sound appealing? Here’s your chance to enjoy this view deep in the Heart of Tuscany every single day on your wall.

CLICK HERE to go directly to the auction for Heart of Tuscany.

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Each piece measures 6″ x 6″. And don’t worry about framing them, these little gems painted on panels with 1 1/2″  finished sides are ready to hang as soon as you unpack them.

Take a magical trip to Tuscany every time you view Cascade of Color and Heart of Tuscany on your wall. The auctions are staggered 7 minutes apart so you can win one or both Original Oil Paintings for your home or office. AND…..If you win the TWO EMBRYOS we will give you FREE SHIPPING! Don’t linger, the first auction ends tomorrow, Friday, April 4 at 8 PM Texas (Central) Time.

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Basking in the Sun

April 2, 2014

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Buddy is such a cute little boy, his face and body are blocked in first. I’ll continue to make refinements as I work.

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After insuring Buddy is resting comfortably on the warm tiles I move to the Petunias. Magenta + Dioxazine Purple + White are used for the fragrant blossoms. Then the leaves of Viridian Green + White are painted around the flower color.

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Red Geraniums are some of my favorites. After the flowers are blocked in first and the foliage added I come back to highlight the individual petals illuminated by the sun.

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The luscious pink Hollyhocks are made of Permanent Rose + White and Cadmium Orange + Permanent Rose + White. The mixtures are randomly placed on the canvas, giving a delightful variation of brilliant color.

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Lush green leaves made of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium finish out the Hollyhocks. Buddy is Basking in the Sun enjoying the beauty of the garden around him. This has been so much fun, I really enjoy collaborating with my collectors. If you’d like me to paint something especially for you please email me at HUGS,

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Rosy Walls and a Soft Blue Door

April 1, 2014

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This lovely entry is in Provence. Villefranche to be exact, a picturesque village located on the coast of France between Nice and Monaco. I begin by blocking in the rosy walls. Mixes in varying proportions of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Red Light + White are used. The creamy door frame is made with mixtures of White + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue.

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Several of you have asked how I paint the lacy curtains that show up in my pieces on occasion. Now that the dark window area is dry, I lightly dragged the curtains over the washed in area using mixes of Ultramarine Blue + White and MUD + White. I made sure to let some of the dark show through. This layer will serve as the shadows of the filmy material. Mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White are then used to paint the soft blue door.


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When the door and mullions separating the window panes are complete the curtains illuminated by the sun are highlighted. Pure White would be too bright, I add a little white to the curtain mixtures leftover from the previous step. Then the entire surface of the floor is covered with various Terra-Cotta mixtures of MUD + Cadmium Orange + White. Perspective lines are now drawn freehand into the wet paint of the floor with a fine liner brush. You can click on the image to enlarge any of the pictures.

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Horizontal lines separating the individual tiles are delineated. The final step on the Terra-Cotta floor is to accent the edges of the tiles. Notice the random strokes of Ultramarine Blue + White that are added near the back of the floor on both levels to make it recede. The blue is cooler than the warmer browns at the front of the floor. This follows a simple rule that helps to give the appearance of depth in a painting: Cool Colors go Back, Warm Colors come Forward. Thank you for following along today, hope you’ll come back and visit again soon. Hugs,

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