Blue Skies Ahead

SH2116 Step 9

Alright, let’s get to painting on that blue sky. My mixes are shown above. The recipes for them are: #1. White + a hint of Ultramarine Blue + a little Cadmium Orange. #2. White + Ptahlo Blue. #3. White + Cobalt Blue. #4. Two shades of White + Ultramarine Blue + a touch of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson). Would you like to know more about our Double Primary Mixing System that Jack developed? Then just CLICK HERE!

SH2116 Step 10

The blue field of the sky is first painted with the darker mixture #3 toward the top of the canvas. Mix #2, which is lighter, is used in the lower portion of the sky. Then I come back with Mix #1 to make the soft hazy clouds hovering over the distant mountains.

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The farthest mountain is made blue using mixtures #4 so it will fall back. The closest one is warmer. However the colors are still very cool because I want both to recede. This will be become more obvious as we add warmer, brighter hues in the foreground.

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Now for Jeana’s little Cardinal. Originally washed in with Alizarin Crimson + Liquin, I’m now painting him opaquely. We have a pair of cardinals that visit our feeder regularly. Jack could see them from his computer desk. Many times I’d look up from painting and he’d be gazing out the window, engrossed in watching Mr. and Mrs. Chippers bouncing around the courtyard. I love hearing their little chip, chip, chip as they come down to eat. They pay for the birdseed by modeling for me!

SH2116 Step 13

Coyote fences are common in Santa Fe and Taos. They are made of rough cedar posts, tightly spaced to keep wild critters out of gardens and courtyards. Please remember as you read my blog, you can enlarge any of the images to see them larger.

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We’re done for today. Hope you’ll visit our studio again to see the progress as we continue!

Happy Jack Marina

Before I close I thought I’d include a true “Happy Jack” picture. For many years Jack and I traveled all over the United States, it wasn’t unusual for us to put 35,000 to 40,000 miles a year on our vehicle. You’d be amazed how many places have “Jack” in their names. Anytime we saw one we’d stop and take a photo of Jack with “his” sign! This was in the bayou country of Louisiana. Have a wonderful day. Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

9 Responses to “Blue Skies Ahead”

  1. Christopher Newell Says:

    I KNOW you two must have stopped for breakfast @ Skyway Jacks that used to be at the base of the north end of the Skyway headed South out of St. Petersburg. FL….Savor the Awesome together travels…never a destination as sweet as the journey. LU!

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Oh my goodness, one of the best breakfasts ever. And you are so right, the journeys together were amazing. We never knew what the next turn in the road would bring. Whenever we could we’d take back roads instead of the interstate highways. What discoveries we made! Thank you Chris.

  2. mordechaiedel Says:

    Hi Mikki , Forever we thank you dear Jack for being a kindred soul . Elevating our lives with painted words as only you could do . Dear Mikki, may Blue Skies Ahead smile for you . Please G-d , dispell all sadness and bestow courage and blessings for you to renew .

    Best wishes from Annie and I in Vancouver ..

    From: Mikki Senkarik Reply-To: Mikki Senkarik Date: Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 1:40 PM To: Mordechai Edel Subject: [New post] Blue Skies Ahead Mikki Senkarik posted: ” Alright, let’s get to painting on that blue sky. My mixes are shown above. The recipes for them are: #1. White + a hint of Ultramarine Blue + a little Cadmium Orange. #2. White + Ptahlo Blue. #3. White + Cobalt Blue. #4. Two shades of White + Ultramarin”

  3. Terri Says:

    Thanks for sharing your memories and photos of Jack. I am so happy that you met your soul mate and had as much time together as you did. I always enjoy opening your emails and watching you create something beautiful.

  4. geminisinger Says:

    I love watching your process, Mikki…and I LOVE all the pictures you are posting of Jack…<3

  5. George Kreutz Says:

    Traveling with Jack, he was blessed to have you along. Thanks for sharing your memories and his life.

  6. pierceclark Says:

    Mikki, your skies are blended so beautifully.

    Could you make us a short video of how you blend your sky colors? On canvas, from the darkest, more ultramarine upper area to the lower, more turquoise areas?

    Jacks sign is cool!!

    Have a blessed day! Donna

  7. Shirley Rush Dean Says:

    Love the Jack photos.

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