Hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years! I took a little time off from blogging, but now I’m back with a new commission of one of my favorite places, Santorini, Greece!

The scene will be classic Greek architecture, overlooking the Aegean Sea. But just to show you that ideas come from all different places, the image above sparked the inspiration for my painting! I love the unusual top of this building, draped in flowers, with a blue dome rising tall in the background.

So here’s my basic sketch. It was fun composing the scene around the image shown in the previous step. I decided to add two domes towering above the structure in the foreground.

A T-Square is balanced on the top edge of my canvas in order to draw the upright lines of the buildings. My basic sketch is drawn with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin Original.

The structure and gate in the foreground begin to take shape.

Pickets of the gate, opening to the stairs going down the steep hillside, cast their shadows on the side post.

The iconic bluffs of Santorini are now added.

More stairs tumble down the side of the hill in the distance.

A thin oil wash of Cobalt Blue + Liquin Original is used for the Blue Church Domes.

Our sketch is complete, we’ll begin painting with thicker oil paints in our next session. I hope you’ll come follow along.

I appreciate you visiting my blog today, hope you’ll come back soon and visit my studio again! If you would like to receive an email every time I publish a new post, you may 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 click the button “Sign me up!”  It’s easy. Please keep in mind, to move through the blog when you get the posts, just CLICK on the small titles at the top of the page. The right one for the next post or the title on the left side for the previous session.

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© Senkarik 2022


4 Responses to “HAPPY NEW YEAR 2022!”

  1. Deanna Zanoni Says:

    I saw the top of the church in the picture and I knew right away it was Santorini. Hope you had lovely holidays. I did. My family is all over the US. We zoomed Christmas Eve. It was like we were all together. Really nice. I hope this year gets better with the COVID. My niece’s whole family had it. Like the flu, as all are vaccinated. She thinks her son brought it home from school. He was the first to get it. The only place he went was to school. Before you knew it they all got it. All are doing much better now. They live in NJ. Thank God for the computer and phone. We all keep in touch family and friends. Sending lots of love and hugs. Happy New Year❣️❣️❣️


    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Thank You for the New Year’s wishes, Deanna. Technology is so wonderful how it has enabled us to stay connected during this season of covid. I’m so thankful your niece’s family is better now. Sending lots of love and hugs back to you! Mikki

  2. Don Dillard Says:

    I love your finished pieces…and I double love your ink sketches…they are amazing👍👍👍👍🙏🙏🙏prayers…hugs

    Sent from my iPhone


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