Texas Tapestry

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Blocking In the Rocks

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Blocking In the Water Cascading over the Rocks

I know the videos make it appear as if this paints very quickly but it has taken most of today to get the rocks and water to this point! Lots of going back and forth working on little details. The water rushing over the rocks causes foam to collect at their base. To indicate this, mixes of White + a little Ultramarine Blue are applied with thick brushstrokes. The contrast to the smoothness of the water in the pond below the falls, adds textural interest to the painting. You may click on the image to see this better.

To paint the lower edge of the Gallery Wrap Canvas, the canvas/cardboard unit is taken off the easel and placed upside down on the floor. You can see how having the canvas attached to the cardboard makes it very easy for me to handle the wet painting. There is no way I could do this without the cardboard backing!

“Texas Tapestry” 24 inches x 36 inches

I had originally planned to have more flowers, nestled to the right of the Sunflowers. However, when the rocks were complete I liked it better that you could see the stream dancing and splashing behind the large leaves and blossoms. More flowers would have covered this up. It also gives a welcome resting spot for the viewer to mentally “Sit on the Rocks”, listen to the melody of the babbling brook and enjoy the “Texas Tapestry” of spring wildflowers blanketing the hill! I appreciate you following along! With Colorful Smiles,


© Senkarik 2021


6 Responses to “Texas Tapestry”

  1. kbasli Says:

    This is wonderful Mikki!

  2. Pete Says:


  3. Evelyn Hart Says:

    Mikki, This is beautiful. It is so nice of you to share with us how you paint. I moved to Texas a year ago.

  4. Iva Salinas Says:

    thank you i like watching you paint and telling what colors you are mixing to get certain colors. i am new and learning what colors to mix. i paint with acrylics. thanks

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Thank you Iva. I work in Oil Paints. I find the colors are easier to mix in oils. My frustration with acrylics is they dry too quickly and the colors change as they dry. So you may want to try oil paints. Have fun and HAPPY PAINTING! Mikki

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