Three Little Gems

SL9614 Jewelry Box step 13

One of our readers wanted to know what brand of Alkyd Oil Paints we use. Jack and I like Winsor-Newton Griffin Alkyds which can be  purchased at  There is no need to use any mediums or grounds with the Alkyds and they come in the very same colors as regular oil paints. If you don’t want the Alkyds to dry quite as quickly they can be intermixed with regular oil paints! OK, back to the easel. The flowers are completely dry so we’ll work on Gragson first. I pull out a special color for his beautiful coat, Ivory Black. White is mixed in for the highlights on his shiny fur. I let a little of the blue from the container behind him reflect onto the side of his face and back.

SL9614 Jewelry Box step 14

Rumsfeld is next. I love his eyebrows, doesn’t he remind you of Donald Rumsfeld? His coat is painted with various mixtures of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. Some of the Black left over from Gragson is used on Rumsfeld’s shoulder. Since the sun is shining from the upper left the catch light in his eye is placed at the edge of the pupil at 11 o’clock. Light transmits through the cornea, illuminating the iris on the opposite side. So the area of the brown iris from 5 o’clock to 7 o’clock is made lighter. You can see this better if you’ll enlarge the picture, just click on the image.

SL9614 Jewelry Box step 15

Now, pretty little Baby is painted. I let her fluffy tail hang over the edge of the box which adds to the dimension.

SL9614 Three Little Gems Front

“Three Little Gems” is complete. Don’t you think that’s a nifty gift idea Denise came up with?

SL9614 Three Little Gems Left side


SL9614 Three Little Gems Back with hinges

Here’s a couple of pictures from other angles so you can see how the design works. The most fun thing is Denise is going to make a unique piece of Jewelry for Maria. So she’ll have a gift within a gift! Isn’t that so cool? Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG





7 Responses to “Three Little Gems”

  1. Terri Hansen Says:

    It’s beautiful!

  2. Alison Granny Duke Says:

    Really enjoyed watching this one take shape as I have with all of your work. Have Very Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year.

  3. joannecali Says:

    beautiful and personally meaningful

  4. ConnieO Says:

    Truly outstanding painting and functional gift, I love it! One question though, would you not want to apply some sort of varnish/wax to help with protecting the paint from dust (or make it easier to wipe clean) and skin oils from handling? 🙂

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Connie,
      You are so right, I’ll spray the finished box with Grumbacher Retouch Varnish before it is shipped. In fact all of my paintings are sprayed with a protective coat of Retouch Varnish before they are shipped out. Thank you for your question. Sometimes I forget to tell y’all about simple but important steps! Have a Blessed Christmas. Mikki

  5. Leekpea Says:

    so beautiful!

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