My Santa Fe gallery called with an unusual commission request. My new collector wanted me to repaint a piece of mine that the gallery had already sold. Now, that has happened quite a few times over my career. BUT, the unusual part was they wanted it to be IDENTICAL to the original piece. I told Kristen, the owner, that I couldn’t possibly duplicate the painting, brush stroke for brush stroke. The painting would not be IDENTICAL to the original but would be the same layout, have the same placement of elements and same flower colors. Receiving the client’s GO AHEAD I enlarge the original image to the exact size it will be painted. Then it’s printed on 4 different 8 1/2 x 11 inch pages which I tape together.

Please remember, you may click on any of the images to see enlargements.

Using a 6B carbon pencil, I begin scribbling all over the back of the printed out pages.

I make sure to cover the entire surface. This will be my ‘Carbon Paper’ to transfer the image to my canvas.

The printed out image is taped to the canvas, carbon side down. A T-Square is used to make sure the upright lintel posts on the porch are perfectly straight.

A ball point pen is used to trace over the printed image, transferring the composition to the blank canvas.

The paper is lifted occasionally, making certain I haven’t missed any details.

The canvas with the transferred drawing is now placed up on my easel. We’re ready to begin painting in our next session, hope you’ll come watch.

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© Senkarik 2022

One Response to “IDENTICAL”

  1. Don Dillard Says:

    Congratulations on the commission 👍 Mikki you continue to amaze me with your artistic creativity……👍👍👍🙏

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