November 11 – A Special Day

November 11 is a special day for Jack and me. On this day in 2004 he was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer and not given much chance to live. Well, here we are, 11 years later and Jack is doing quite well. We are so grateful to God, the doctors, the medical teams and all of our friends who kept us in their prayers. We couldn’t have done it without you. I also want to extend a big, Texas MUCH OBLIGED to all of our Veterans. You and your families have made so many sacrifices to keep us and our great nation safe. HAPPY VETERAN’S DAY!

SK4715 Silent Sentry Step 6

OK! Let’s build the adobe structure first. I begin painting the wall with various mixes of Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + White. MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) is added into the mixtures for the darker shadows. I drag the shadows of the larger birch branches into the wet paint of the adobe.

SK4715 Silent Sentry Step 7

The birch trunks are painted with the same mixtures only in different proportions. More White and Ultramarine Blue and less Cadmium Orange is added to make the white bark. It’s amazing how the same basic mixes can produce such a variety of colors. A large Bright (square) brush is used to paint the trunk. If you’d like to learn more about the brushes I use please CLICK HERE.

SK4715 Silent Sentry Step 8

Now that the building on the right, trunk and limbs are complete I go back and finish out the fine shadows of the branches. I want to do this while the walls are still wet, it’s much easier to drag the tiny lines. If I were to wait until the structure was dry the shadows would be rough and bumpy.

SK4715 Silent Sentry Step 9

Dioxazine Purple is mixed with Ultramarine Blue + a little White to make the window looking out on the snow covered entry. Thanks to all of you who offered more suggestions on saving your leftover paint. One of the main reasons I write this blog is to help artists. It’s wonderful when we can all help each other! HAPPY PAINTING!

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5 Responses to “November 11 – A Special Day”

  1. Sharon Says:

    Congratulations on another beautiful year together!

  2. alrichburg Says:

    I love your tips and painting! You inspire me each week! Thank you!

  3. ruthreidart Says:

    I been following your blog for some time Mikki and appreciate your dedication to keeping the momentum going as well as the generous sharing of your expertise. Thank you. I’ve also bought several of Jack’s books.

    What if now like to ask you about is your use of WordPress for blogging. Can you recommend any beginner instruction manuals? I’ve set up an account but that’s it so far.

    Any advice would be welcomed.

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Ruth,
      Wordpress is pretty simple. When Jack and I started we just kind of played around. Let me tell you, if we could do it anyone can. But there is a HELP feature. Go to the black bar across the top of your dashboard page. There is a round circle with a person on the upper right side of the page where you sign out. Click on that, at the bottom of the drop down is HELP. Otherwise we just pressed buttons until we found what we wanted. I don’t know of any instruction manuals but you could search Instruction Manuals for WordPress blog on GOOGLE. Thank you for following my blog. Hugs, Mikki

  4. Ed Mac Says:

    The LORD has blessed you guys mightily. Have an awesome next 11 years!!! Ed Mac

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