Bear With Me!

A new commission! With Bears no less! Here’s my sketch. Please keep in mind as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to view them larger.

After sketching in the horizon line and distant mountains I begin drawing the bears with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

A pair of cardinals perch on a branch under a crescent moon rising in the early evening sky. They are sketched with thin washes of Alizarin Crimson + Liquin and Alizarin Crimson + MUD + Liquin.

A couple of books have been left on the rocks nestled at the base of the trees. You’ll find out the reason why in a later post!

The painting has been commissioned as a gift, hearts with the initials of the recipient’s children are carved into the trunks of the birches.

The flowers growing along the rocks are washed in the Magenta + Liquin. This covers the canvas so when I paint the flowers there won’t be any little white spots showing though the opaque color. We’ll start painting in our next session, hope you’ll come back and follow along!

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4 Responses to “Bear With Me!”

  1. roseherczeg Says:

    Oh, how sweet! I will be watching! I love when you paint the smaller ones and your sketch is adorable 🙂

  2. Pete & Julie Mason Says:

    Looking forward to seeing your finished
    Art work! Love it!!!

  3. Liz Mc Cann Says:

    Love love love it…the little bears are so cute and the little birds perfect…what a brilliant artist you are Mikki…thank you as always for sharing your wonderful work..x

  4. Mikki Senkarik Says:

    Thank you Rose, Pete, Julie and Liz! I appreciate your kind and encouraging words. With BIG BEAR HUGS, Mikki

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