Starting to Paint……

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First, I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Jack and I appreciate all of your sweet comments and wishes for the holiday. Now it’s time to get back to work. I begin with the distant trees behind the covered saddling stalls. I use cooler greens made of various proportions of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. A few brush strokes of Ultramarine Blue + White are made to add even more coolness to the background. As you read through my blog please remember, you can click on any of the pictures to see them larger.

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Now I “Build” the saddling stalls. The back wall has windows with wrought iron rails in the openings. Allowing some of the distant trees to show through helps give depth to the painting. The stone arches are made with mixes of Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + White. MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) is added into the mixtures for the darker shadows.

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It’s springtime in Kentucky, Dogwoods abound. I’ve got my colors all mixed and ready to go. #1. White + a little lemon yellow + a touch of Pthalo Blue. #2. White + a bit Ultramarine Blue. #3. Ultramarine Blue + White. #4. Dioxazine Purple + White. #5. Mix #4 + White and a smidgeon of Cadmium Yellow Medium. #6. Two shades of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow + White. #7. A couple of mixes of Ultramarine Blue + Lemon Yellow.

VIDEO: Blocking in the Dogwoods.

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The Dogwoods are completely blocked in and the trunk is added. You can see how the darkness of the trees in the background accentuates the creamy blossoms of this spring favorite. My plan is for the light color behind him to set off Secretariat’s head and alertly perked ears.

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Standing sentry over the paddock is a stately Sycamore Tree. This tree was just a tiny sapling when the track was built in Lexington in 1936 and is an enduring symbol of Keeneland horse racing tradition. The silvery bark of the trunk reminds me of a dappled gray horse!

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The Sycamore is just beginning to push small leaf buds out on the fingers of its long branching arms. Come fall the Keeneland icon will be covered in brilliant foliage, making the autumn race meet even more colorful. But now we have the subtle beauty of the delicate Dogwoods gracing the lovely paddock. Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

2 Responses to “Starting to Paint……”

  1. Denise Says:

    It is looking beautiful! I am so tickled to have seen it in person when you first started it and I can’t wait to see it all done. I hope you and Jack had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  2. Debbie Flanders Says:

    Mikki thanks for adding videos to your blogs. Watching how you place your brush strokes is really beneficial. I love your blogs and appreciate the time you take to make them. Hugs from British Columbia, Canada

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