Archive for August, 2017

2017 Collector Event Catalog of Paintings

August 30, 2017

All of you, my collectors, readers and friends, have been so wonderful with your words of encouragement, support and love over the last year. You’ve made my new path without Jack so much easier. God provides exactly who we need in our lives and I definitely need you. Thank you for being there for me. Your words have given me inspiration to do this series of paintings for our Team Senkarik Collector Event called “A MELODY OF COLOR”. And to express my sincere appreciation I’m giving everyone a savings of 10% off the prices shown until our Event Gala is over, Saturday September 2 at 6 PM. Oh, there is one exception…… SHOWSTOPPER SPECIAL. In honor of Jack pushing timid, timid me into doing my very first show in Santa Fe 26 years ago, it will be presented with a 26% savings. As you scroll through the catalog look for the SHOWSTOPPER SPECIAL!  Please keep in mind, if you happen to fall in love with a piece that is already going to a new home I’ll be more than happy to collaborate with you on a similar painting.

Simply Santa Fe  14″ x 14″  $790  Gallery Wrap Style   SOLD

Santa Fe is simply unique with rounded adobe and intriguing gates. I particularly love all of the folk art crosses seen around town. And HOT Chilis! Instead of the usual ristra I decided to add a basket of freshly picked peppers, ready to spice up a tasty Southwestern dish.

Winter’s Magic   20″ x 24″  $2,290 Gallery Wrap Style SOLD

Delighted laughs, the jingle of sleigh bells, happy barks, hoof beats in the snow and the chip, chip, chip of a cardinal. All add up to make the music of “Winter’s Magic”  in Santa Fe. Many have mentioned that the driver looks a little like Jack. Well….you are absolutely right. I found a picture of him in just the right pose. He’s modeled for me in several paintings over the years, my hero has always been Cowboy Jack. You may click on the picture to see it larger.

Ambassador of Joy   14″ x 14″  $790  Gallery Wrap Style SOLD

Roosters are such feisty little fellas; their crows welcoming the dawn of a new day spark joy in my soul.

Delivery of Sunshine  14″ x 14″  $790 Gallery Wrap Style  SOLD

Sissie, one of our rescue kitties, has to sniff everything. Jack often commented that he was surprised her little nose didn’t get worn out she sniffed so much! So I decided to have a kitten sitting on the window sill sniffing the Sunflowers. Some lucky person is going to receive a “Delivery of Sunshine”. What a happy surprise!  

Please remember, if you would like to add this or any of the other paintings to your collection the wonderful staff at Santa Fe Art Collector Gallery will be happy to assist you. AND…you will receive a 10% savings until September 2 at 6 PM. Just call:


Garden Steps   14″ x 14″   $790  Gallery Wrap Style  SOLD

When I saw this delightful little wheelbarrow overflowing with flowers I immediately envisioned a painting. I’ll admit to changing the color from plain weathered wood to a pretty Santa Fe Turquoise!

The next few paintings are framed in our White Senkarik Signature Frame. It’s part of the canvas, very light, durable and easy to clean. Just use Windex and a lint free cloth.

Echoes of the Mediterranean    28.5″ x 36.5″   $5,990   SOLD 

White Senkarik Signature Frame: Outside Dimension 34″ x 42″

The sound of waves crashing against the rocky shore of Tuscany echoes off these ancient walls and flower pots reverberate with the beautiful azure color of the Mediterranean.

Exuberant Trio      24″ x 30″     $3,290    SOLD 

White Senkarik Signature Frame: Outside Dimension 30″ x 36″

Listen closely! Can’t you just hear the hearty splash as the horses race into the river with their happy snorts filling the crisp mountain air? One of the most fun parts of painting “Exuberant Trio” was capturing the shimmering reflections of the fall foliage, dancing on the rippling water.


Cascade of Silver Lace      32″ x 42″    $6,990     SOLD

White Senkarik Signature Frame: Outside Dimension 38″ x 48″

Wouldn’t you just love to wake up in the morning and mentally wander through this serene courtyard as you enjoy your cup of tea or coffee? To take advantage of this special offer please contact the Santa Fe Art Collector Gallery. Just call 505.988.5545

Refuge of Tranquility   30″ x 24″   Limited Original Giclee   #1/83    $1,990  SOLD

White Senkarik Signature Frame: Outside Dimension 36″ x 30″   

The subtle beauty of the Sonoran Desert is awesome, a wonderful backdrop to this colorful entry. A cheerful Rooster is waiting to welcome all his visitors! “Refuge of Tranquility” is one of my Limited Original Giclees on Canvas. I embellish each one with oil paint, repainting the flowers and adding special touches. Even though part of an edition each one is uniquely different, therefore the name Limited Originals. When viewed from a few feet away it’s difficult to distinguish from a Senkarik Original Oil Painting. 

Colorful Captivation   24″ x 30″  Limited Original Giclee   #2/49    $1,990  SOLD

White Senkarik Signature Frame: Outside Dimension 30″ x 36″  

Bring of touch of Santa Fe to your home: enjoy the bright Southwestern colors every day in your bedroom, kitchen, living room or office. Don’t miss the hummingbirds happily zipping in the air and squeaking! You may click on the picture to see them larger.

Fresh From the Field    12″ x 15″  Retail Value  $500  SOLD

We’ll be auctioning my Original Oil Palette Painting shown above, “Fresh From the Field”. To add to the excitement all bidding will begin at A PENNY! That’s right, ONLY 1 Cent!

Alert   16″ x 20″   Retail Value $500   SOLD

We’ll also have a signed and framed Print of Jack’s Original Oil Painting “ALERT” for auction. The bid on this piece also starts at ONE COPPER PENNY!

AND, you don’t have to be present at Our Collector Event to take part in the auction! You may phone in your bid. You will need to contact the Gallery in advance to let them know you’d like to join in the fun.

Just call: 505.988.5545

VIGNETTES: Visual Melodies from My Heart to Yours is a new series of art pieces I’ve started doing. I can’t carry a tune in a bucket but my paintbrush dances to the melodies of memories, playing in my heart. A vignette is a brief but inviting scene that leaves you wanting to experience more. 

These Original Oil Wash Vignette Drawings, based on sketches I made as Jack and I traveled the world, spill from the front of the canvas panel onto the sides. Enjoy the delight and excitement of the visual melodies singing from my brush, every time you view them in your home or office.

Wish I May, Wish I Might   10″ x 10″   $490   Original Vignette Oil Drawing SOLD

Old rock water wells are found everywhere in the hill country towns dotted across Italy. Wouldn’t it be fun if they could talk? Imagine the stories of unusual wishes you’d hear. Guess that’s why they can’t speak, no one is supposed to know!

Romantic Ride   10″ x 10″   $490   Original Vignette Oil Drawing  SOLD

Jack and I decided Venice is absolutely one of the most romantic places in the world. I’m sure most of you agree. How much more romantic can you get than whispering along in a gondola, gliding on hidden canals that gleam with the reflections of picturesque buildings?

Got Bluebonnets!  10″ x 10″   $490   Original Vignette Oil Drawing  SOLD

Texas and Spring Bluebonnets go together like Milk and Cookies. Or, as Jack would say, Warm Pecan Pie and Vanilla Ice Cream. For Texans, an old barn with a windmill mixed in is the “Icing on the Cake”!

Listen for the Bells   10″ x 10″   $490   Original Vignette Oil Drawing  SOLD

One of the most charming things we discovered in Tuscany was church bells pealing out their song an hour before sunset. This all began in the 1400’s when the gates of the walled towns would be locked at night; all residents needed to be inside. Bells would issue a warning, alerting farmers as well as others working in the surrounding areas to return back to the protection of the compound for the night. So “Listen for the Bells“!

Produce with a Little Bray   10″ x 10″   $490   Original Vignette Oil Drawing SOLD

Santorini, Greece is another special place, close to our hearts. Who doesn’t fall in love with the cute little donkeys, serving as the local freight trucks that nimbly navigate the steep, twisting lanes!

Palms of Mallorca   10″ x 10″   $490   Original Vignette Oil Drawing SOLD

The quaint hill towns on the island of Mallorca, one of the stars of the Mediterranean, have a sunny personality.  The crisp white buildings sparkle against an azure ocean backdrop as fronds of majestic palms play lyrical tunes in the gentle breeze.

Asleep on the Job   10″ x 10″   $490   Original Vignette Oil Drawing  SOLD

This little guy has really been working in the garden, he’s pooped! Tigger doesn’t have a clue he’s getting a close inspection by Mr. Chippers!

Girls, Horses and the Secrets They Share   10″ x 10″   $490   Original Vignette Oil Drawing SOLD

‘Nuf said!

Spellbound   10″ x 10″   $490   Original Vignette Oil Drawing   SOLD

Early one morning about 6 months ago I heard the notes of a flute wafting gently in the fresh, cool air. Peeking over the fence from my deck I saw Josiah sitting on the curb, playing the beautiful song. As I watched, Mr. Business, our neighbor’s kitten, hesitantly approached. Then he sat…..transfixed! Both feline and I were “Spellbound”. I couldn’t bring myself to leave long enough to get the camera, I snapped pictures in my mind. When he was finished, Josiah reached out, rubbed his admirer, got up and headed for school. What a gift from Our Lord, an incredible beginning to my new day. God does provide what we need!

So if you are in the Santa Fe area, please come join us on September 1 and 2 for our 26th Annual TEAM SENKARIK Collector Event at the Santa Fe Art Collector Gallery. It’s always a BUNCH OF FUN! The Gallery has an opening Reception for me on Friday from 4 to 6 PM. Then our BIG DEAL Collector Event is on Saturday, starting at 3 PM. It will last until 6 PM or however long everyone wants to hang out and visit. I’d love to see you, give you a big Texas sized hug and personally thank you for being on my Team!  

DON’T FORGET, I’m giving everyone a savings of 10% off the prices shown until our Event Gala is over, Saturday September 2 at 6 PM. And a 26% savings on the SHOWSTOPPER. But you better act quickly! Call 505.988.5545 to add any of these pieces to your collection. HUGS,

Serenade of Mallorca

August 29, 2017

The mixes for the fountain are laid out on my palette. #1. White + Ultramarine Blue. #2. Two shades of Viridian Green + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White. #3. Three combinations in varying proportions of Viridian Green + MUD + Cadmium Orange + White.

The base and bowl are blocked in first.

The top portion of the fountain has a “Pineapple” design. The entire surface is painted first, then I draw the design into the wet paint with my fine liner brush. The different sections are highlighted according to how much light coming in from the right illuminates them.

African Daisies nestle along the base of our fountain. The blossoms are initially blocked in with mixes of Cadmium Red Deep, Cadmium Red Light, some of the Pink mixes from the Bougainvillea and Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson. 

Grey-green leaves made of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White offer a nice compliment to the red, pink and oranges of the blossoms.

Painting the centers is a 3 step process. #1. The Daisies before centers are added. #2. A dark center is made with a mix of MUD + Liquin. #3. A dot of Cadmium Yellow Medium in made in the middle of the dark. #4. A smaller dot of MUD is then pinpointed in the center of the Yellow one. To see this better just click on the picture and the image will enlarge.

Water falling from the upper bowl into the base below is dragged, straight down. I let the brush skip over the thick, bumpy paint underneath. This helps give the impression the water moving.

Serenade of Mallorca      24″ x 30″  

Wouldn’t it be fun to live here, enjoying that view every time you walked through the courtyard? I’d never leave! WELL…..except maybe to go down to the beach and play in the surf! I appreciate you visiting my studio and following along. HUGS, 


August 28, 2017

Pink Bougainvilleas cascade over the tile roof and wall of the courtyard. Combinations of Permanent Rose + White are used for this brilliant vine. It’s blocked in following my usual sequence of Flowers First, Leaves Last. On the right side I’m beginning to add the foliage.

A smaller Bright (Square) brush is used to make the individual bracts shimmering in the sunlight. By giving the brush a little twist as I apply the paint a round shape is formed.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Geraniums – Part 1

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Geraniums – Part 2

Now the Geranium pots are filled we’ll concentrate on the Valencia Orange Tree. Like the flowers, I paint the oranges first. Then the leaves are blocked in around the oranges, helping to define their shapes. The leaves are mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + a touch of Lemon Yellow + White.

Geraniums are planted at the base of the Orange Tree. The heart shaped leaves of a Sweet Potato Vine also spill out of the square, terra cotta container.

The floor is still wet, making it easy to draw the long tendrils of the Sweet Potato Vine with a fine liner brush. You may click on the image to see it larger.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Sunflowers – Part 1

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Sunflowers – Part 2

The Red Door is well adorned with bright, happy flowers. In our next session we’ll build the water fountain! Hope you’ll come follow along. HUGS, 

Mallorcan Courtyard Floor

August 27, 2017

First of all, I’m safe and sound, God spared us from any damage by Hurricane Harvey. But please continue to keep those who were hit harder in your hearts and prayers. OK, my paint is mixed and we’re ready to start on the floor. #1. Two shades of Cadmium Orange + Pthalo Blue + White. #2. A couple of blues from the ocean. #3. All the rest of the mixtures are combinations in various proportions of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + White. Isn’t it awesome all the varieties you can obtain by mixing only 3 colors?


Painting the Tile Floor Part I


Painting the Tile Floor Part II


Painting the Tile Floor Part III

Here’s a closeup of the finished floor. Notice how the blues on the tiles near the back make them recede.

A little Cadmium Red Light leftover from the door is added into the floor mixes to make the terra cotta wall planters. The wrought iron brackets are then drawn into the wet paint with a mix of MUD + Liquin. 

A large square container will hold the Valencia Orange. We’ll plant that in our next session, if you’ll don some gardening gloves you can help me out! HUGS,

Hurricane Harvey

August 25, 2017

Just a quick update. I’m sure many of you have heard of the storm approaching Texas….San Antonio should be OK. We may get a lot of rain and some strong winds but the worst of the storm will be going to the east of us. However, please keep all of those people in Harvey’s path in your prayers. I grew up in Florida, so I know the fear and unrest that fills your heart when you have to evacuate for hurricanes. And how it feels, not knowing what you’ll find on your return. Pray for Our Lord to calm His frightened children, giving them the and courage to face this storm. Hugs,

Walls, Roof ‘n Red Door

August 24, 2017

Let’s get to work constructing that building! The ancient walls are painted with combinations in varying proportions of Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + MUD (Alizarin Crimson + Ultramarine Blue) + White.

Some of the same mixes, with a little more Ultramarine Blue added, are used for the low wall at the far edge of the terrace.

A fun touch is “Braiding” the trunk of the Valencia Orange Tree. You may click on this or any of the other images to see them larger.

The entire surface of the roof is painted first. Then I come back to paint the rounded ends of the individual tiles with my square “Bright” brush. All I have to do is give the brush, that is dipped in a mix of MUD + Liquin, a little twist and PRESTO…..a round shape.

The same paint is used for the bricks lining the tops of the arches.


Painting the Red Door Part I


Painting the Red Door Part II

Even at this point you can see how the warmth of the Red Door sends the cool blues of the water in the distance ZOOMING BACK! And…..the painting will have much more depth as we complete the floor and bright flowers. Hope you’ll come follow the progress. HUGS, 


Sunny Sky, Azure Water

August 22, 2017


VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting begins with the sunny sky.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Now for the azure Water!

The isle of Sa Dragonera is blocked in with varying mixes of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + a tiny bit of Pthalo Blue + a touch of Cadmium Orange + White. Some of the blue from the water is added into the shadows to make them cooler.

After the bluffs of La Trapa are roughed in the sandy beach at their base is painted with combinations of White + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue. Please remember as you read my blog, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

Waves crash against the craggy rocks. Listen closely, I bet you can hear the song of the surf! I had planned to post this blog last night after the solar eclipse yesterday afternoon. But… dear Molly (one of our two rescue kitties) wasn’t feeling well; I had to take her to the vet instead. So after two shots and a subcutaneous IV she’s back home. Seems she and Sissie got into a tussle; Molly had an infection from a scratch. I’m armed with 10 days worth of Antibiotic drops to give her so all is well. She’ll be back to herself in a few days. BUT….to get around to my story about the solar eclipse. I had the special glasses and was all prepared to view the moon slipping in front of the sun. I was in and out enjoying the progress. At 1:09 PM, the time of our most complete view I stepped out the door and noticed the shadow of our oak tree on the sidewalk. It was full of little crescents!

Here is a picture.

And a close-up. The crescents are exactly the same as the crescent of the sun showing from behind the moon. 

Here is the shadow after the sun was entirely back to normal. All I can figure is the light coming through the tiny openings between the tree leaves acted like the pin hole viewer that people made to watch the eclipse! I know there are some of you who are more scientifically knowledgeable than I am. WHAT DO YOU THINK??????? With Puzzled Hugs, 





Surprise Commission

August 18, 2017

Now I can show you the GIFT painting I did for my collector’s wife in honor of a very important occasion in their life. Mallorca and Valencia, Spain are places that hold a special spot in their hearts. So both are going to be incorporated in the piece. A Valencia Orange Tree in the planter by the door and the coastline of Mallorca in the distance.

Work on the canvas begins by sketching the basic architectural elements with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

Wall planters hang on either side of the door, the Valencia Orange in its container nestles close to the door step. Then I move to the fountain on the opposite side of the courtyard. After drawing the top of the fountain I realize the base needs to be a bit larger, so it is expanded to the left.

Brick will be inlaid on the arches over the door and courtyard opening. 

We’re way up on the side of the mountain with a great view, looking out over the vista of the Mallorcan coast! We’ll start painting in our next session, hope you’ll come watch. I’ll even have some VIDEO Demonstrations! If you would like to receive an email every time I publish a new post please feel free to subscribe to my blog. CLICK THIS LINK and scroll to the upper right side of the page. You will see a heading EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS. Just enter your email address and click the button “Sign me up!”  It’s easy. And if you enjoy my blog please CLICK the FaceBook LIKE Button. As we say in Texas, “Much Obliged!

Delivery of Sunshine

August 17, 2017

The interior of the back wheel is filled with Lavender. I don’t add any details of the flowers or spokes because I want that area to recede. Then the bicycle pedal is painted. The flat edge of my Bright (square) brush is ideal for shaping the chrome portion.

Moving to the front of the bike I paint the flowers in behind the wheel. Then spokes are added. I don’t delineate each and every one, just those glinting in the sunlight. The viewer’s eye will complete the picture. Unless you look very closely you wouldn’t even notice they aren’t totally there. 

You may enlarge the image to see this better, just click on the picture and check it out! You’ll see what I mean. Just one of those neat little tricks “Our Jack” taught me!

DEMONSTRATION VIDEO! Painting the wicker basket that will be filled with Sunflowers.

Now let’s deck out those baskets in the back with Geraniums. Cadmium Red Deep, Cadmium Red Medium and Cadmium Red Light are used for the blossoms. The foliage is made of mixes of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow.

Sunflowers are blocked in with various combinations of Cadmium Yellow Deep + Cadmium Orange + MUD (Alizarin Crimson + Ultramarine Blue) and Cadmium Yellow Medium. A few brushstrokes of red leftover from the Geraniums are mixed in here and there for interest.

The large, dark centers are MUD + Liquin. Sweet Potato Vine is going to tumble out of the basket where the white spot is.

Now for the icing on the cake, our sweet little kitty! Color remaining from the rock wall, mixed with a little MUD is used for him.

Here’s a closeup of the tiny “sniffer”!

Delivery of Sunshine   14 inches by 14 inches

Some lucky person is going to receive a “Delivery of Sunshine”. What a happy surprise! Thanks for following along. And…..speaking of surprises. In our next session I’ll be starting that secret gift commission I told you about a while ago. HUGS,


Rough Rock, Smooth Tile

August 15, 2017

Several mixtures of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + more Ultramarine Blue + White are used for the rough, rock walls. The colors are applied to the canvas first, then I come back and impressionistically indicate the crevices of the individual stones. Lighter mortar, made by adding White to some of the wall color, fills the joints.

Window sashes and shutters are mixes of Cobalt Blue + White. I paint around the sketch of the kitten very carefully; my wrist rests on the mahl stick to steady my hand.

The light and shadow pattern is established on the tile floor. My basic mixes are MUD + Cadmium Orange + White.

After drawing the perspective lines that separate the tiles into the wet paint of the floor with a fine liner brush, the part of the bicycle tires hitting the ground are made. I want to do this while the tile paint is still wet, it’s much easier to make the edges smooth.

Dioxazine Purple + White is perfect for the Lavender snuggled against the base of the rock wall. The flowers are blocked in first, then the foliage will be painted.

Right now I’m going to leave the areas inside the bicycle tires unfinished. I’ll come back and paint the Lavender in those spots when I’m ready to do the spokes!

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