It’s ALL About the DOOR!


I fell in love with this door the very first time I saw it in 1990 when Jack took me to visit all 21 of the California Missions. This beautiful blue portal was tucked away in the courtyard at Mission San Juan Bautista. It will be the cornerstone in my showstopper painting for my 2019 Collector Event in Santa Fe!

The entire piece is designed around the doorway. I’ve made up the courtyard based on memories of different places we’ve traveled over the years. You may click on this, or any of the other images to view them larger.

I begin sketching the composition on the canvas with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD + Liquin!

WHAT’S MUD??????? It’s the base mixture for several of our color recipes using the Double Primary Palette Color Mixing System that Jack developed. MUD is 2 parts Ultramarine Blue (UB) + 1 part Alizarin Crimson (AC). To find out more about this system CLICK HERE!

The double curves of the walls will gently encourage the viewer to wander through the painting.

A straight edge is used to draw the steps.

Nasturtiums cascade over the foreground wall.

Shadows cast by the gracefully arching leaves of Giant Birds of Paradise will dance on the building and door.

Canna Lilies are hugged by the upper curved wall.

Our plan is sketched up on the canvas and we’re ready to begin applying oil paint 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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12 Responses to “It’s ALL About the DOOR!”

  1. Pete Mason Says:

    It’s going to be beautiful!!!

  2. PierceClarkArt Says:

    This truly will be a show stopper!!!

    Have a blessed day! Donna

    Sent from my iPhone


  3. Barb Mills Arden Says:

    Wow! It’s magnificent! Watching you paint makes me want to leave behind my acrylics and try oils again! Thank you, Mikki, for generously sharing your talent with me!

  4. Jason Says:

    I remember this door way! I can’t wait to see it! Love you, Mikki.

  5. roseherczeg Says:

    Oh wow, this is going to be another masterpiece! I love, love, LOVE the color of that door. I know you have just the oil color for it… I can see it in my mind. Thank you for sharing, and I will be watching :). Hugs, Rose

  6. Peggy Byl Says:

    Hi, I just love your work! I live in Santa Fe and was wondering when and where your event is going to be, thanks.

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Thank you Peggy,
      My 2019 Collector Event is at the Santa Fe Art Collector Gallery at 217 Galisteo Street. I’ll be there Friday evening, August 30 and then our big RSVP Event is Saturday afternoon on the 31st. I’ll have more information on my blog as we get closer. I do hope you can come! Thank you for following my blog. HAPPY PAINTING, Mikki

  7. rlbartist Says:

    WE can follow along??? SO COOL! – Rosie

  8. Lynanne Badger Says:

    OMGosh! I’m in love with this door too!

  9. Roseann Zaner Says:

    Can’t wait to see the finished painting! Gorgeous already!

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