Splash and Matt


One of the things I love about painting portraits in oils is you can come back later and smooth the color transitions. Working in acrylics doesn’t allow this because they dry so quickly. And…if you’d like your oil paint to stay workable even longer you can add a tiny drop of clove oil to the mixes. I’ve not done that, the regular drying time of oils works well for me.  I put my laptop on the palette and enlarge the photo of Matt. This allows me to compare the two images and get his likeness as close as I can.


Next I’ll complete the Chicago BEARS logo on the collar. My wrist is braced against my mahl stick to steady my hand as I delineate the letters. You may click on the image to see it larger.


The brim of the ball cap is highlighted so it will POP forward. Matt looks like he could be a professional baseball player doesn’t he?


Matt’s arm is blocked in so I can paint the White on Splash’s tummy. A light grey is used, I don’t what the white down here to take attention away from Splash’s face.


Matt’s arm and hand are painted with less detail for the same reason. His and Splash’s faces are the focal point, if the hand and fingers were highly detailed they would detract. The ends of the fingers are made a bit bluer so they will “Turn” around Splash’s body.

sj2916-splash-and-matt-19x16Splash and Matt        19 inches tall by 16 inches wide

The final touch is to add Splash’s name tag! It’s funny, I could hear Jack’s voice in my ear as I’ve been working on this piece. All of his advice and teaching over the years has been floating though my mind. How fortunate I am to have been able to watch and learn from a Master Portrait Artist. Thanks for following along, I’ve enjoyed having you! And please remember, ALWAYS feel free to ask questions. With BIG HUGS,


8 Responses to “Splash and Matt”

  1. Angelica Says:

    No doubt, the family is going to love this tribute to Splash and Matt. Your colors are amazing and perfect. Thank you for teaching and sharing with us…you are a Master Artist too! Jack could see that he had a very talented woman to teach.

  2. Phyllis Solcyk Says:

    This portrait is one of the best!
    I really liked it. Many thanks for
    sharing your lovely Work.
    Phyllis Solcyk

  3. Debbie Hunter Says:


    Thanks so much for sharing your posts and thoughts! We have really enjoyed them. Are you going to be in Sante Fe sometime? We haven’t been for a while and would love to meet you. I remember you used to have gatherings there.

    Have a blessed day! Jim and Debbie Hunter

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Debbie and Jim, I plan on being at our Santa Fe Gallery over Labor Day Weekend 2017 for our annual Team Senkarik Collector Event. Sure hope to see you there. I’ll keep everyone updated. Hugs, Mikki

  4. rpillai2012 Says:

    Fabulous painting! So great. God bless Jack, what a master teacher and living partner he must have been.

    I have one of his Echrusio’s, it is 16″ x 20″ and of two ships.


  5. Nadya Says:

    Mikki, how to you hold the canvas on easel. I see under the canvas the board, but how to hold the canvas don’t understand it. I appreciate all your advices and Thank you again!

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