Santa’s Helper

SH3615 Santa's Helper step 6

One of my wonderful followers had a great question, “what colors did I mix to make the gold package?” It is painted with various combinations of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. The darker brushstrokes and the green added in from the adjoining package makes the paper look reflective. You probably noticed the basket was red in the original photo. But I decided to change the color so the red Santa’s Hat will glow.

VIDEO! Blocking in the sweet little baby in the basket.

VIDEO! Work continues on Sissie…….

SH3615 Santa's Helper step 7

I let some of the red from the Santa’s Hat reflect onto Sissie’s cheek. A fine liner brush was used to pull the thin whiskers into the wet paint of her fur.

SH3615 Santa's Helper 14x11Santa’s Helper          14 inches tall x 11 inches wide

A plaid bow finishes out the green package in the lower right corner. The bow was painted entirely red at first. Then the green and gold stripes were dragged over the red while it was still wet. I had to lay the color on gently so it didn’t pull the red up and muddy the stripes. Don’t you think Sissie makes a sweet little Santa’s Helper?

Please remember, our annual Team Senkarik Collector Event is just around the corner! It will be September 4 and 5 at the Santa Fe Art Collector Gallery at 217 Galisteo in Santa Fe. For more information you can call the gallery at 505.988.5545. Hope to see you there. Hugs,

M Senkarik

3 Responses to “Santa’s Helper”

  1. Janet Zeh Says:

    What a sweet painting and so masterfully done as always!

  2. Anita Johnson Says:

    Where do I go to get te palette for making all the colors?

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