Christmas in August

2013-12-27 Sissie in Santa Basket 3 flipped

I’ve missed everyone for the past week. We had a little unexpected bump in the road, Jack had to go into the hospital. With a bladder infection that wouldn’t respond to any oral antibiotics he had to have IV treatments to knock out that bug. The good news is JACK IS FINALLY BACK. Home at last, home at last. OH Thank God, he’s home at last. I can’t even imagine what it must be like for those who have to spend an extended time in the hospital, my heart goes out to you. We are so blessed. It’s kind of like Christmas in August.

And speaking of that time of year, our licensing agent asked if I would paint some Christmas themed images for her to offer to her clients. Lisa especially liked this picture of Sissie in our Santa Basket. So Jack and I thought it might be a something a bit different for my annual collector event.

SH3615 Santa's Helper step 1

She suggested putting our little rescue baby in a Santa’s hat. After some brainstorming I decided to have her under the Christmas tree surrounded by packages with beautiful bows. My initial plan is sketched up on the canvas in a thin oil wash made of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

SH3615 Santa's Helper step 2

The tree is blocked in with cooler mixtures of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. MUD is added for some of the darker shades. I want the tree to be muted and impressionistic so it will stay in the background.

SH3615 Santa's Helper step 3

The Christmas tree lights were tricky. At first I made them way too bright, they jumped to the foreground. I had to make them cooler and grayer so they wouldn’t distract from Sissie and the packages. The foil paper is fun to paint, especially adding the reflections from the other presents. The gift to the right of the one I’m working on will be green, you can see I’ve added some of it’s color into the side of the gold package.

SH3615 Santa's Helper step 4

The Polka Dot ribbon is first painted solid red. Then I come back in and add the dots.

SH3615 Santa's Helper step 5

A little white edging finishes out the Polka Dot bow. Sneak Preview…….I’ll have a couple of videos in our next session. You can watch as I paint our sweet Christmas kitty. Hugs,

M Senkarik


12 Responses to “Christmas in August”

  1. Leon and Peggy Black Says:

    Glad Jack is home. BLESS you.
    Our love & prayers,
    Leon and Peggy

  2. Connie O Says:

    I love this! Have two black kitties myself. I am so glad to hear that Jack is back home and doing better, that is stressful no doubt!!

    Curious how you mixed the gold color for the wrapping paper though? I’ve become a devoted fan of the double primary palette myself since I started using it this year. Although I work with watercolors I find almost all your mixtures I try work just about the same 🙂

    Thank you so much Mikki!

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Connie,
      We love our little kitties. But I do have to say when we went to the rescue shelter if someone had told us we’d come home with two solid black kitties we would have said NO WAY! But they are sisters and the previous owner had requested they be adopted as a pair. They’d been at the shelter a long time and their time was short, so we said we’ll adopt those pretty babies. WE LOVE ‘EM! Now for your question. The gold package is made of various mixtures of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. The darker brushstrokes and the color adding in from the adjoining packages makes the paper look reflective.
      Thank you for following my blog, Mikki

  3. bonita austin Says:

    Wishing Jack a quick recovery. I love this painting but how can you
    sell it? You need her on YOUR wall.

  4. wafaa darwisha Says:

    Very glad you and Jack are very well. Thank god Jack is back home again. I Missed your posts very much. I benefit of every single stroke you do, it adds much to my experience. Thank you Mikki. Wish you always the best.

  5. Janet Zeh Says:

    Thank God Jack is home and hope he is soon completely well again. Your little kitty in the basket is adorable!

  6. wooboom Says:

    Glad Jack is feeling better and you have him home☺

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  7. Monica Says:

    So glad to hear Jack is better!! Please take good care of yourselves 🙂 God bless you both…Always!

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Monica,
      Hope you two will be able to come to our collector event. It’s Friday September 4 and Saturday September 5 at the Santa Fe Art Collector Gallery at 217 Galisteo. Would be great to give you and Myron a big hug, Mikki

  8. Inez Hudson Says:

    Glad to know your Jack is on the mend! Loving the Christmas painting. It’s fun to throw in a little whimsy now & then. Truly enjoy reading your news in my emails.

  9. Annette Says:

    Best best wishes to Jack. Great to hear he is back home with his pack. This picture is so cute. It would be great if you did a small series of these and put them on ebay, wink wink. Great job Mikki.

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