Embrace of Live Oaks

Got my color laid out on the palette to paint those beautiful old Live Oaks embracing the cozy cabin. #1. White + Ultramarine Blue. #2. A darker shade of White + Ultramarine Blue. #3. Two mixes of White + Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange. #4. Three different combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White. #5. Cadmium Yellow Medium added to the lighter shade of mix #4. #6. Ultramarine Blue + MUD + White.

The meadow behind the trees is painted with the two shades of #3. The light running behind the building and trunks adds distance. Mixes #4 and #5 are used for the foliage of the Oaks. A little White is combined with mix #5 for the lightest leaves behind the roof. The same concept as before applies here, sun illuminating the tree in back of the dark building will give the feeling of more depth.

The trees to the right of the cabin POP UP, over the mountain in the background, to provide additional distance. 

I’ve decided the tops of the trees on the right edge will come below the far hills. This makes that clump drop further back. Please remember, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

Now….Let’s paint the Cabin. AND I have audio telling you exactly what I’m doing and why!

Painting the Cabin – Part II

Painting the Cabin – Part III

Painting the Cabin – Part IV

So, our cozy little Cabin is happily nestled among the Live Oaks. We’ll be working on the Bluebonnets next! HUGS,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

5 Responses to “Embrace of Live Oaks”

  1. Denise Says:

    Would love to see a video of you painting the bluebonnets!

  2. Dan Kincer Says:

    Mikki, this is awesome, love hearing your process and also enjoy the tidbits you throw in about Jack.

  3. Rose Herczeg Says:

    Thank you, Mikki! I love the addition of sound to your videos, and I imagine it helps you too, to not have to write everything out. Such a great painting in the making! God bless!

  4. Mary Spear Says:

    Out of curiosity (and trying to learn more about underpaintings), did you have a specific reason for choosing a purple underpainting?


    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Mary,
      Good question! Jack and I have always used the MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) mixture to sketch our initial plan on the canvas. It is the base mix for many of the colors we use. Here is a link to my blog explaining the Double Primary Color Mixing system that Jack developed. Thank you for following my blog. HAPPY PAINTING, Mikki

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