Workin’ on a Rooster!

I’m starting a new commission today. Here’s my VIDEO DEMONSTRATION showing how I begin with the oil wash sketch of the Rooster.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Washing in the colorful feathers

The background is painted with several shades of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. The lightest mixtures are used behind the Rooster’s head and neck to draw attention to his brilliant red comb and wattles.

Mixes in different combinations of Ptalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White make the grassy hill. Sunlight illuminates the ground directly in front of our cocky fella, this also serves to lead the eye of the viewer to the Rooster. Your gaze will follow the light into the painting and up his leg to the tail feathers. The curve of the feathers then directs the eye back around to the Rooster’s head.

Legs are first painted with a dark mix of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + White. A lighter shade is used for the highlights.

I’ll paint the Rooster 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.

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4 Responses to “Workin’ on a Rooster!”

  1. Melanie Farmer Says:

    Why do you paint with gloves on?

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Good question Melanie. I use gloves because my skin is so dry the thinner makes my fingers crack, especially at the corners of my nails. Which can be very uncomfortable. So I put lotion on my hands, then the gloves and I have no problem! Hope this helps, Mikki

  2. Joseph Michael Miracle Says:

    Hi Mikki,

    Thanks for the gift of greeting cards!

    What size is the rooster painting? You know Kent and I love your rooster paintings!



    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Thank you! The outside of the Senkarik Signature Frame on this guy is 16 inches by 16 inches. This is a commission but if you and Kent would like to add a Rooster to your collection I would be happy to paint one especially for you! Hugs back to you both, Mikki

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