Fur Babies

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Now the fountain has dried a bit overnight we’ll add the cascade of falling water. The thick paint is dragged straight down, letting the brush skip and bump over the drier paint underneath.

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Phil and Denise have three “Fur Babies”. Let’s start with Gragson who is a Brussels Griffon. After painting the red kerchief, Ivory Black is used for his thick coat. A bit of white is mixed in for the highlights.

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Gragson has such a cute face and huge brown eyes. A touch of Ultramarine Blue + White along the right side of his face helps to round his head. To enlarge this or any of the other pictures just click on the image.

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Rumsfeld is next. His body is painted with various mixes of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + MUD + White.

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Moving to his head the basic planes are blocked in before delineating the details of his face.

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I love Rumsfeld’s eyebrows and moustache! Don’t you?

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Baby is a Maine Coon Cat. Ivory Black and some of the adobe mixtures from the walls are used for her fluffy coat.

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The “Fur Babies” are done. One of my favorite things about collaborating with collectors is adding special little touches like this to their paintings. It’s been so fun getting to “meet” Phil and Denise’s little darlings.

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Jack was looking at the painting and said those babies look like someone just opened a bag of food! Don’t you think he had a wonderful idea for the title, “Is that the Dinner Bell?” Thank you so much for following along. And please remember, if you ever have any painting questions don’t hesitate to ask. The main purpose of my blog is to help fellow artists learn and get better. HAPPY PAINTING!

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

6 Responses to “Fur Babies”

  1. Lesley Mills Says:

    Beautiful Mikki!

  2. nanseesart Says:

    I love how the little furries have come to life. The bottom reflection on the fountain with the blue underneath looks amazing. I know the water was easy to do, with the dry brush technique, but, it still looks so real. It’s the touch of the master that makes the difference!

  3. Mary Carmel Says:

    Mikki, I am so glad I found you. I keep referring to your blog again and again. Thanks for what you do for artists everywhere!

  4. joannecali Says:

    Yes, a great name, for a wonderful painting. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing talent with others. Joanne

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