Serene Evening


VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Evergreens and Birch Trees

The outcroppings of rock are painted with combinations in different proportions of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + more Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. The square shape of my large Bright brush is perfect to form the individual stones.

The painting, attached to the cardboard, is removed from the easel and placed flat on the taboret to extend the rocks over the lower edge. Now you can see how the backing makes it easy to handle the wet art! CLICK HERE to see how a canvas is attached to the cardboard.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Field of Pansies – Part 1

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Field of Pansies – Part 2

The Buck is painted with mixtures of Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + a bit of MUD + White. The setting sun outlines his ears with warm light.

Lupines in the foreground are blocked in with mixes of Dioxazine Purple + White, Dioxazine Purple + Ultramarine Blue + White and Dioxazine Purple + Magenta + White.

The foliage is made of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + Lemon Yellow + White.

The highlights on Mr. Chippers, the Northern Cardinal, are pure Cadmium Red Light. His body is Cadmium Red Deep + Alizarin Crimson and Cadmium Red Deep. His distinctive mask is delineated with Ivory Black. The Reds of the bird POP against the soft, cool green of the Pansy foliage behind him. Placing Green, the complimentary color of Red, next to it makes the Red appear even brighter.

The Fawns are “Piebald” deer. They are born ocassionally to completely solid parents because of a recessive albino gene. Jeana fell in love with them because they look like Appaloosa horses! ME TOO!

She asked me to make both of the baby deer with the unusual coloration. The most interesting thing is they don’t lose their spots like regular fawns and keep the markings their entire adult life!

Serene Evening    14 inches by 14 inches

The coolness of the flowers and landscape makes the sunset appear even brighter, bringing a warm glow to this “Serene Evening” in Upstate New York. I’d like to THANK all of you for your wonderful comments on my Easter Message. With Colorful, Appreciative Smiles,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG


2 Responses to “Serene Evening”

  1. Katrine Grindeland Says:

    your work is so wonderful and you are a true inspiration for me.
    i have watched your videos and admired your work for years.
    but i am wondering, do you ever arrange painting classes, or is this something you would consider??

    lot of love
    xxx Katrine

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Thank you so much Katrine. At this time I’m so busy with commissions and gallery commitments that I am not able to give classes. That’s one of the reasons I do the blog. Please feel free to ask questions. I really appreciate your confidence in me and for your loyalty in following my posts! Hugs, Mikki

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