Her Soft Coat


I played with a few mixtures before coming up with ones that work best for Emma’s silky coat. What’s funny is, they are almost the same as the basic adobe mixtures in my southwest paintings. I’ve made several combinations in different proportions of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + White. On the shadow side of her neck and shoulder a mix of Ultramarine Blue + White is added along the edge. This helps to give the feel of roundness to her body.


The background is still wet, so it’s easier to pull those stray hairs catching the light into it with a fine liner brush.  I don’t want to paint each and every individual hair, just add a few here and there. Next time you look at a dog you’ll realize you see their coat as a mass of color, not lots of tiny hairs. Her ears are painted wet-into-wet which helps to keep the feeling of their softness.


I make Emma’s neck and lower body cooler and a little darker. I’m saving the warmest and lightest colors for her face, the focal point of the painting.


The dog tag is pink, just perfect for the pretty little girl.


The piece is signed in the lower right corner while the paint is still wet. It would be very difficult to make the calligraphy of my signature smooth if the paint underneath was dry and bumpy. Thanks for visiting our studio today, please come back soon! HUGS,

2 Responses to “Her Soft Coat”

  1. Tracey Mardon Says:

    A wonderful painting Mikki! Your comment about the signature made me wonder whether you thin your paint or use any medium for your signature paint?

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Tracey, Thank you. I mix a little Liquin in with the Cadmium Red Light used for my signature. That makes it flow a little more smoothly. I appreciate you following my blog. MERRY CHRISTMAS, Mikki

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