Colorful wildflowers blanket the field in the foreground. My original plan was to have only Red Poppies, but Spring calls my heart. Besides, to me Spring is the season of Renewal and Rebirth, symbolic of the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and the new creation we become through our belief in Him. What better way to celebrate than with a cornucopia of God’s beautiful flowers? You may click on any picture to view an enlargement.

The myriad green hues of the foliage are painted around the masses of Red Poppies, Orange California Poppies and Yellow Daisies, helping to shape their blossoms.

Red Poppy petals, accented by the sun, are highlighted with pure Cadmium Red Light.

Signifying the Blood shed by Jesus to redeem us from our sins, a clump of Red Poppies nestles at the base of the Eucalyptus Tree. Their large centers are made with a mixture of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin Original.

The same mix is used for the dark centers of the Yellow Daisies.

Deep impressions in the middle of the Orange California Poppies are indicated with a combination of Alizarin Crimson + Liquin Original. My hand rests against the mahl stick, providing a steady base as the small details are made.

Several shades of Burnt Umber + White are used to block in the Good Shepherd’s heavy tunic. After looking at the painting, I decided to take out the palms behind the flock of sheep. I like it better with just the Olive Grove in the background.

I chose Diaxozine Purple + White for the Headwrap. Purple is the color of Royalty, as well as symbolizing humility and sorrow for Jesus’ suffering. This color is associated with Lent, the period of six weeks of sacrifice before Easter, marking the coming Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

The wayward lamb, cradled safely in the arms of the Good Shepherd, once was Lost. BUT, now is Found!


This painting is the story of my faith journey. I grew up in the Lutheran Church but in my early twenties walked away. Not only from the church but completely away from God. I didn’t understand His unconditional love and felt I just wasn’t good enough. There was no way I could ever measure up. So, I stopped even trying, I was the Lost Lamb. Never prayed, nothing. Ended up in an abusive marriage and eventually reached the point I contemplated taking my life to end the pain. HOWEVER, even though I had forgotten Him, Our Lord NEVER forgot me. The Good Shepherd came after me by sending a gentle, compassionate believer into my life, Jack White. He helped me leave that horrible relationship, became my best friend and taught me to paint. But most importantly, during the 26 years we were happily together, Jack showed me what unconditional love was and brought me back to Jesus.

 THE GOOD SHEPHERD came for me. AND… He Comes for you.


© Senkarik 2023

20 Responses to “THE GOOD SHEPHERD”

  1. Donna Pierce Clark Says:

    Mikki, this is the most beautiful painting you’ve ever made. Sigh

  2. Patricia Ann Ingram Says:

    Thank you Mikki for not only sharing your beautiful art work with me but sharing your life and your God with me. God found me when I was 14 and he never left me although I was forced to be Baptized as a Baptist when I was 21, my choice of a spiritual home was accomplished when I was 50 years old and was Christened a Catholic. I will be 79 in April and God has paved my way through life and has never left me, through the bad times and the good times and the times in between. You are an inspiration to all, Thank You! May God Bless

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Thank you for your sweet words and for sharing your story, Patricia. The Good Shepherd comes after us in many beautiful ways. May you always feel His comforting arms around you! With hugs, Mikki

  3. Liz Mc Cann Says:

    What a beautiful painting and what a wonderful glad you got to be with your soul mate for those wonderful years to make wonderful memories which will now sustain you..thank you for sharing Mikki..🙏⚘🇮🇪🇺🇲💕

  4. Ray Dane Says:

    Mikki, this painting is magnificent! I love it. God is truly wonderful.

  5. Don Dillard Says:

    Beautiful painting Mikki..Congratulations

  6. heidimichelle85 Says:

    Beautiful painting and wonderful thoughts! Thanks for sharing your story. Our children were raised in a Christian home. Since moving out our son suddenly decided he wants nothing to do with us and has turned his back on God as well. We pray for him daily that one day he will come back to God. Your story gives me hope.

  7. JANET Says:

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful story. You are an
    amazing, strong woman. God bless you.

  8. Gisela Hoener Says:

    Dear Mikki, Gisela and Waltraudlike to 👭 thank you for the
    beautiful painting, it brings peace , and we pray to god, and the virgin Mary for peace on earth. Happy Easter, to a wonderful friend.

  9. wendyweissmanart Says:

    I love your work and your words. He is risen indeed! Thank you for sharing this.

  10. Darlene Diehl Starnes Says:


    Thank you for sharing your testimony and love for Jesus through your talents you have been richly blessed. I love your paintings.

    On the large canvases what size brush do you use?

    Thank you kindly for your reply, as I always have difficulty to connect through WordPress to press Like or Comment.

    Thank you again, Darlene Starnes

  11. Mikki Senkarik Says:

    Darlene, Thank you for your kind words. Our Lord has truly blessed me with the ability and opportunity to celebrate His beauty on canvas. I want to share the Good News of His love and forgiveness.

    I appreciate your question about my brushes, here’s a link to a blog I wrote about the brushes I use. Hope this is helpful! God Bless You, Mikki


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