Home with a HEART!

The tin roof is painted with mixes of White + Pthalo Blue + a tiny bit of Cadmium Orange. Even though these are the same colors used to make the background, the roof appears Turquoise because of the additional Pthalo Blue in the mix. You may click on this, or any of the other images to see them larger.

Now for Mr. Chippers! The darker reds are Cadmium Red Deep + Magneta and pure Cadmium Red Deep. Cadmium Red Light is used to highlight his brilliant feathers.

Ivory Black was used to make Mr. Chippers’ distinctive mask. His beak is painted with some of the Orange mixes left over from the Cross Vine.

The birdhouse is constructed with several combinations, in different proportions, of White + MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson), White + MUD + Ultramarine Blue and White + MUD + Cadmium Orange. Sun streams into the painting from the left so both the side and front of the birdhouse are illuminated. The side is a little bit darker because the front receives the full light from the sun. Therefore it’s made brighter with a very light mixture of White + MUD + Cadmium Orange. The boards are old and weathered, with a few cracks here and there.

The twig perch is painted with mixtures that were saved from the cedar post supporting the birdhouse.

Mrs. Chippers’ soft dove color is made with mixtures of MUD + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. Some of the reds from Mr. Chippers’ will be used for her crest, wing and tail feathers.

Mr. and Mrs. Chippers are in complete agreement! They have found a “HOME WITH A HEART” to raise their new family!

VIDEO PROGRESSION from initial sketch to finished painting. ENJOY WATCHING!

Thank you for following my blog, I really appreciate you being part of my TEAM SENKARIK FAMILY! Hugs,


© Senkarik 2021


6 Responses to “Home with a HEART!”

  1. roseherczeg Says:

    So beautiful! I love cardinals… especially Mr. & Mrs. Chipper! Many hugs to you, sweet friend! xo

  2. jspringett2013 Says:

    Great 👍 work Celebrating Marge is 75th birthday today we had quite a beautiful birthday morning together. God is great lots of love Jimmy Marge and the pups

  3. Winnie C Thompson Says:

    Your paintings are SO BEAUTIFUL. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

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