Thinking Ahead

SJ8914 Step 1

This commission is going to be painted around the edges on a gallery wrapped canvas. We have to think ahead about preparing the piece for shipping! A square is painted on the back of the canvas with White KILZ. This is where I label the piece with the title, our copyright code of authenticity, my signature and a special personalization to the collector. The KILZ paint keeps the Sharpie pen from bleeding through. A hanging wire is attached and then screw eyes are placed into the stretcher bars at the red arrows.


SJ8914 Step 2

Here is a closeup of the screw eye. To make it more convenient for our collectors we also tape wall hangers and nails to the hanging wire.

SJ8914 Step 3

This canvas is 30 inches by 36 inches. A piece of double ply cardboard is cut to 36 inches by 42 inches. The canvas is turned right side up and centered on the cardboard. Then I press down on the canvas, the screw eyes make indentations in the cardboard. If you will enlarge the image (just click on the picture) you can see an arrow drawn on the canvas. It’s directly to the right of my hand. This was penciled on when I labeled the canvas, it indicates the top of the piece. The arrow insures the painting will be in the same orientation as the label on the back. Believe me, I’ve made the mistake of not marking the top of the canvas and ended up making a painting with an upside down label on the back 🙂

SJ8914 Step 4

The indentations are enlarged with an ice pick.

SJ8914 Step 5

The canvas is placed back on the cardboard, the screw eyes pushed through the holes and nails are placed in them. This anchors the canvas securely to the backing board.

SJ8914 Step 6

Tape is placed over each screw eye and nail to make sure they stay in place.

SJ8914 Step 7

Now the complete unit is put up on the easel. Molly, our studio supervisor, is in her official spot. We’re ready to begin painting. We’ll get going tomorrow, hope you’ll come watch. If you would like to receive an email every time I publish a new post please feel free to subscribe to my blog. CLICK THIS LINK and scroll to the upper right side of the page. You will see a heading EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS. Just enter your email address and click the button “Sign me up!”  It’s easy. And if you enjoy my blog please CLICK the FaceBook LIKE Button. As we say in Texas, “Much Obliged!

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

4 Responses to “Thinking Ahead”

  1. G. F Says:

    Hi Mikki – lovely artist!!
    I love your paintings They are full of light . I wanted to know how do you get the copyright code of authenticity, do u have a new code for each painting?? and also in which gallery do u place your paintings for sale??
    I’d love to know.

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Thank you for your wonderful comments. Our copyright code of authenticity consists of the initial of my name (S), a letter for the month. January is A, February is B, etc….. Then we have the number of the painting done in this year and last of all the year. So this painting is SJ8914 which translates to Senkarik, October, the 89th painting done in 2014! Every piece has it’s own code that we can look at and immediately know when it was painted. It also helps if by some chance I happen to duplicate names on a painting. We know which is which by the code. I’ve done several thousand over 25 years!
      I’m in galleries in Napa Valley, Santa Fe, Taos and Texas. However if you are interested in commissioning a painting you may contact me at Hugs, Mikki

  2. Lisa Says:

    Thank you for the great info!

  3. Nadya Says:

    Mikki! Adore all of your paintings and you are a great artist!

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