Let’s get started on those cute little stuffed toys, Princess and Wolfie!

Princess is painted with combinations of Lemon Yellow + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Yellow Medium and Lemon Yellow + a tiny bit of MUD. The highlights on the right edges of the crown are Lemon Yellow + White. The paw with the upside down heart shaped center pad is made of MUD + Liquin. You may click on this or any of the other pictures to view them larger.


Now work continues on our star of the show, HOBO. The shadows on his white markings are made of several mixes of MUD + White + a touch of Cadmium Orange and Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + MUD + White.

Ivory Black is used for his nose, while highlights are made of Ultramarine Blue + Ivory Black + White.



HOBO’s tongue and gums are painted with several mixtures of Alizarin Crimson + MUD + Cadmium Red Light + White. The deeper shadows have more Alizarin Crimson and MUD.

The final challenge is replicating the Texas Tech Logo on the red bandana. WHEW! Had to hold my breath doing that one! This is the really cool thing about commissions, it’s fun adding the personal touches.

HOBO   12 inches by 16 inches

HOBO is a happy boy, surrounded by his toys, beautiful flowers and the “Masked Rider”. And I have the most wonderful collectors. Ed, a long time collector of both Jack’s and mine is also an Oklahoma Sooner. He and his family have become dear friends over the years. Just for those of you who aren’t college football fans Oklahoma and Texas Tech are RIVALS! SO this is a big deal. Ed thought Amanda and I would be interested in knowing more about the original “Masked Rider”, wasn’t that thoughtful of him? Here’s the scoop:

Hi, Mikki!

You and Amanda might be interested in knowing the original Red Raider was Mr. Joe Kirk Fulton. He owned one of the huge cattle ranches in the Texas Panhandle near Channing, TX.

Joe Kirk grew up in Lubbock attending public school and then Texas Tech University from which he graduated with a degree in agricultural sciences. While attending Texas Tech University, DeWitt Weaver, then head coach of Texas Tech Football, eager to have Texas Tech become a member of the Southwest Conference, mentioned to Joe Kirk that Tech needed a mascot. Joe Kirk came up with the concept of the Red Raider, which is now known as the Masked Rider. Since Joe Kirk was an Ag major and an experienced horseman, he was asked to introduce the Red Raider for the first time on Jan. 1, 1954, at Tech’s first ever Gator Bowl appearance. In a red cape and black Stetson, Joe Kirk raced around the stadium to a completely surprised crowd on a black horse named “Blackie,” loaned to him by Bert Eads of the Hockley County Sheriff’s Posse. Texas Tech was a heavy underdog but ended up beating Auburn 35-13, and the tradition was born. The day after the Gator Bowl victory, Atlanta Journal columnist, Ed Danforth, wrote: “No team in any bowl game ever made a more sensational entrance.” Joe Kirk went on to ride as the Red Raider for the next three years, to the delight of fans and to the chagrin of opposing teams. A statue of Joe Kirk, on “Blackie,” graces the grounds of the Frazier Pavilion at Texas Tech University. In 2010, Joe Kirk was inducted into the Hall of Honor at Texas Tech University.

How’s that for a little history lesson from a SOONER, no less.

Sooner Ed


THANKS Ed……AND BIG HUGS to all of you!






3 Responses to “HOBO”

  1. artbycheryllynn Says:

    Ironic you know this story, I had forgotten it. Joe Kirk Fulton was one of the well know Running Quarter Horse Breeders in his latter years, and I did two colored Pencil drawings of his World Champion Running horse, Dashes Dream. Turned out the trainer kept the one of the All American, and the Jockey was given the one of her Champion of Champion, instead of JK. Never knew why I never heard from him, till years down the road. I did Special Leader for him later, and had done His Dam also.

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      WOW Cheryl Lynn, Congratulations on getting commissioned to do portraits of those beautiful horses. Actually I didn’t know of Joe, one of our dear collectors sent the information to me. Ed felt Amanda and I would enjoy knowing the back story of the “Masked Rider”. I appreciate you following my blog! HUGS, Mikki

  2. Patricia Ann Ingram Says:

    WOW! Thank you so much for the in-depth explanation on Hobo’s eyes. I never realized that is what it took to make eyes look so real and outstanding. Not only are you a fantastic painter but an excellent teacher as well. I had to smile when you said you sometimes hold your breath…. I do that all the time and thought I was the only one. 😀 May God Bless

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