Archive for January, 2019

Colorful Elegance

January 17, 2019

Planting begins by filling the window box with lush Geraniums made of Cadmium Red Deep + Magenta, Cadmium Red Deep and Cadmium Red Light. The mass of red is blocked in first, then leaves are painted with mixes of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

The blue ceramic container is a perfect spot for a jumble of cheery Sunflowers. Large blossoms are first painted with combinations of Cadmium Yellow Medium + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) and Cadmium Yellow Medium.

Leaves of Ultramarine Blue + Lemon Yellow frame the flowers. After the large seed heads in the center of the blossoms are added, we highlight the petals illuminated by the sun with Cadmium Yellow Medium + Lemon Yellow. Notice how the painted image extends on to the side of the gallery wrap canvas.

The entire surface of the floor is covered, establishing the light and shadow pattern. Then the legs of the chairs and table are drawn into the wet paint with a mix of MUD + Liquin.

Next, perspective lines indicating the crevices between the individual terra cotta tiles are drawn with a fine liner brush.

A clump of Magenta Hollyhocks nestles behind the chair on the right. The flowers are mixes of Magenta + White while the leaves are painted with greens left over from the Geraniums.

A few petals from the flowers float to the ground, adding charm to our romantic setting.

Juxtaposed next to the Red Geraniums and Magenta Hollyhocks, the bistro chairs made of Sevres Green + White absolutely glow.

The table top is made of white ceramic tile. As with the floor below, the perspective lines are drawn freehand into the wet paint of the flat surface.

“Colorful Elegance”   16 inches x 16 inches

AND…….we’re done! The “Colorful Elegance” of this romantic little bistro issues an invitation to come sit and enjoy a sip of wine. Thank you for your wonderful comments, your words make my heart smile! I appreciate all of you following my blog. I’ll be starting on a new piece in our next session! ‘Til then, HAPPY PAINTING! Hugs,Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

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Cobalt Blue and HOT Pink!

January 16, 2019

The rock wall is painted with several mixes of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + a touch of Pthalo Blue + White. The paint is applied very carefully around the bistro chairs and table, I don’t want to obliterate the sketch.

After painting the arch over the window the vertical sides of the opening, or jambs, are blocked in. The most distant portion of the jamb, closest to the inside of the building, is made a little bit bluer or cooler so it will recede. A few brush strokes of Ultramarine Blue + White painted over the rock color makes it cooler.

The White window sash is completely in shadow, so it’s been painted with a mixture of White + a little bit of MUD + a touch more Ultramarine Blue. Now that the window has been painted over the dark, washed in area you can see how it appears there is depth in the interior of the building. Next, two shades of Cobalt Blue + White are used for the shutters and flower box.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Bougainvillea

We’ll tile the floor and start planting in our next session. Why don’t you grab some gloves and come give me a hand! HUGS,Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

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Enchanted by a Little Bistro

January 15, 2019

Starting a new painting is filled with excitement. Rather than planning paintings way ahead I go for what captures my heart at the time I’m beginning a fresh piece. For this painting, that’s going to my gallery in the Napa Valley,  Provence tickled my fancy. So I browsed through my images of Southern France. WHAM!!!!! When I saw this picture of the little bistro table and chairs I was enchanted. My imagination took off…..

Grabbing my sketchbook I quickly scribbled my thoughts. I love the cobalt blue shutters and rugged rock buildings found in the region, definitely had to add those. A window box filled with Geraniums would be nice. And HAVE to have Sunflowers in a blue, ceramic container! Since this is not for a commission I don’t even ink the sketch in, I have enough information in the rough pencil sketch to solidify my idea. You may click on the sketch to see it larger.

The painting is on a gallery wrap canvas, the painted image will extend on to the sides of the canvas. In order to make it easier to handle the wet painting I’ve attached the canvas to a sheet of double ply cardboard. CLICK HERE to see how that was done. Architecture and chairs are drawn first in a thin oil wash of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

Wine bottle and glasses are natural accompaniments!

The open area of the window is washed in with translucent (not opaque) washes of MUD + Liquin and Ultramarine Blue + Liquin. I want the underlying white canvas to glow through the translucent washes giving luminosity to the opening. When the window sash is painted over the dry wash it will give them impression of depth in the room behind.

Wine in glasses and bottle is washed in with Alizarin Crimson + Liquin. Then the top part of the bottle is covered with a wash of Sap Green + Liquin. The large ceramic container on the left is blocked in with a wash of Ultramarine Blue + Liquin.

I’ll let the washes dry and we’ll be ready to begin applying opaque oil paint in our next session. Hope you’ll come follow the progress of this painting! 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.

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A Sense of Peace

January 13, 2019

Looka’s body is painted with mixtures of White + MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + a tiny bit of Cadmium Orange and White + Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange. When painting a White bird or animal the toughest part is to get the shadows dark enough that the White highlights gleam. But then again you don’t want to get the shadows too dark because the animal doesn’t look White! As Jack would say, “It’s a fine line!” Looka’s collar is a red brown made of MUD + Cadmium Orange + a touch of Alizarin Crimson + White. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the pictures to see them larger.

Looka has such expressive eyes and ears. The entire eye is first painted with MUD, then the brown iris and white catch light are added. His spots are some of the browns from the terra cotta tiles on the courtyard floor.

The shadow of a female cardinal that’s landed on the steps to investigate Looka is now added.

Sunflowers grow around the side of the gallery wrap canvas. The large blossoms are blocked in with various mixes of Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Orange + a touch of MUD and Cadmium Yellow Medium.

The leaves are painted around the masses of yellow, helping to shape the flowers. Combinations of Ultramarine Blue + Lemon Yellow are used for the foliage. A few brush stokes of Pthalo Blue + White are added, here and there, to bring coolness to the leaves.

My brush picks up some of the underlying yellow as the central disk of the Sunflower, made of MUD + a tiny bit of Liquin, is added. This turns them slightly brown. Then in the very middle I go back and make a dark center of pure MUD.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the White Hollyhocks

Sweet Looka happily lounging in the sun, surrounded by colorful flowers and visited by the inquisitive cardinal, portray “A Sense of Peace”. Thank you for following my blog and also for the wonderful comments you make. Your words bring happiness to my heart. With Big Hugs,

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Wisteria, Bougainvilleas and an Antique Lantern

January 11, 2019

The long, dangling blossoms of the Wisteria are made of mixtures of Dioxazine Purple + White and Dioxazine Purple + Ultramarine Blue + White. Foliage is then painted around the Purple flowers with several shades of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium.

The Bougainvillea is painted with another special color, Permanent Rose. White is added in various proportions to make the lighter bracts. The pink parts of this plant are called Bracts, the tiny white flowers are actually located inside the pink globes and are not visible here! Leaves are mixes of Viridian Green + a touch of Cadmium Yellow Medium + White.

The entire floor is painted, establishing the light and shadow areas. Then perspective lines separating the tiles are dragged into the wet paint with a fine brush.

Combinations of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White are used for the steps. The darker mixtures are made by adding MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson). The upright part of the step, the riser, is always darker than the top surface. This is because the sun from above hits the top plane directly, making it lighter.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Antique Lantern and Bracket

That’s all for today! I’ll be working on that sweet Looka in our next session! Until then…….HUGS,

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Painting the Rugged Rock Walls

January 10, 2019

 

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Rock Walls

Jeana loves owls so I’m placing a tile with two of them in the niche. The outer border is blocked in first, then the dark blue background is painted around the shapes of the owls. Ultramarine Blue + a tiny bit of White is used for the background.

The heads and bodies are painted with a couple of mixes in different combinations of White + Ultramarine Blue + a touch of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson). The same mixtures were used for the border.

Using the dark blue mixture the owl design is completed.

A special color is used for the door, Sevres Green. The shadow portion is Sevres Green + a little MUD + a tiny bit of White. The sunlit part of the door is Sevres Green + White. It’s fun figuring out the shadow cast on the door by Looka’s head and ears.

Construction of our building is complete. Come back tomorrow to see what gets painted next! HUGS,

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Out in the Open!

January 8, 2019

Well, I’m BACK!!!!!! Finished all my top secret, surprise paintings. At least for a little while anyway. So let’s get to work. This painting is going to hang to the left of two other pieces I’ve done for my collector.

Here’s the pen and ink sketch, we’re including Jeana’s fur baby, Looka. He’s now in Puppy Heaven but this painting will bring her fond memories of her sweet boy.

Moving to the canvas I begin “Constructing” the architectural elements with a thin oil wash made of MUD (2 parts French Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

After getting the building drawn I add our boy, Looka. My wrist rests on the mahl stick that is hooked over the top of my easel. This steadies my hand as I draw the details of his anatomy.

I’ve gotten in the habit of labeling the flowers so I’ll remember what I’m supposed to do as I get to painting. I’ve been known to start slapping paint on the canvas and go off on a tangent, completely different from what my collector and I discussed!

We’re all sketched up and ready to begin painting in our next session. Hope you’ll come follow along! 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.

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HAPPY 2019!

January 4, 2019

Can’t believe it’s a brand new year, AGAIN! 2018 just flew by! I’m still undercover, working on more surprise paintings. So in the meantime I’d like to share some wonderful words of wisdom from Andy Rooney (1919-2011), who had the gift of saying A LOT with very few words. He was best known for his weekly broadcast “A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney“, a part of the CBS News program 60 Minutes from 1978 to 2011.

I’ve learned….That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

I’ve learned….That when you’re in love, it shows.

I’ve learned….That just one person saying to me, “You’ve made my day!” makes my day.

I’ve learned….That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

I’ve learned….That being kind is more important than being right.

I’ve learned….That you should never say no to a gift from a child.

I’ve learned….That I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him or her in some other way.

I’ve learned….That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

I’ve learned….That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

I’ve learned….That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.

I’ve learned….That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

I’ve learned….That we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.

I’ve learned….That money doesn’t buy class.

I’ve learned….That it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

I’ve learned….That under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

What great words to follow. And may Our Lord guide our hearts and put His hand on ours as we paint in 2019!” With BIG HUGS,

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