Playing in the Garden

I’m starting a new piece for our gallery in the Napa Valley, Gallery 1870. Gardening and Kitties just seem to go together, at least they do around the White Senkarik Studio. The wheelbarrow is from Tuscany, this is going to be a Tuscan Garden Scene. But it really could be anywhere you find flowers!

I grab an empty flower pot from my supply to use as a model for sketching the plan up on the canvas. A brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin is used for this step. The table to the left of my easel is perfect for placing “Models”. It’s also a good, protected place for paintings to dry. Our little furry girls can’t walk in the wet pieces there. 

We’ll put some well used garden gloves and tools in the basket to the right of the wheelbarrow.

The kitties are sketched in next. Their basic, circular shapes are made first, then details are added.

An oil wash of Permanent Rose + Liquin is used to rough in the mass of color for the Foxgloves planted in the Wheelbarrow.

Our painting plan is up on the canvas and we’re ready to begin working in opaque oils.

The initial wash on the Foxgloves has dried overnight; the thickly textured wall can now be painted around the blooms without any of the pink bleeding into the surrounding color. The rocks are painted very impressionistically, in fact it almost looks like an abstract. Especially if you enlarge the picture, just click on the image. I can assure you, this is about as abstract as I’ll ever get. I just don’t think that way very well at all.

Light grout indicates the stones that comprise the wall. I use the blocks of abstract color to guide me in shaping them. The corner of my large Bright (Square) brush is used for the thin grout lines.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION! Painting the Wheelbarrow.


Wheelbarrow is painted and we’ll start planting in our next session. Hope you’ll come watch! 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!



One Response to “Playing in the Garden”

  1. LouAnn Says:

    Had no idea you have a gallery in Napa. I may be up there in a few months. Are you ever there?

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