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Pink and White!

May 18, 2019

The first thing to do is paint the stems holding up the Poppies. It’s amazing how those thin, little stems can support the huge blooms! The Flanders, or Shirley Poppies, have tiny hairs on the stems. Those are delineated with my fine liner brush. The flower in the lower left corner is a California Poppy, she’s not hairy!

Here are the color recipes for the blossom I’m going to work on in this session. #1. Two shades of Permanent Rose + Magenta + White. #2. Three mixtures of Permanent Rose + White. #3. White + Dioxazine Purple. #4. White + Ultramarine Blue. #5. Pure White. #6. White + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue.

The different colored petals make the Poppies even more fun to paint. Mixes #1 and #2 are used to block in the Pink ones; #3, #4, #5 and #6 for the White.

Covering the large surface with lots of thick paint, brushstrokes of light and dark shades are dragged wet-into-wet over each other. The petals aren’t a solid, flat plane. Sunlight streaming through the thin, rippled petals causes lots of variation in their basic color.

The edges of some of the petals are almost ruffled, the texture is made with heavy strokes of paint.

One down, three to go! Hope you’ll come follow the progress in our next session. I’m planning on having a Video for you! With Happy Hugs,

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Behind the Poppies

May 17, 2019

The canvas is now taped, it was a challenge to work around the flowers where they break into the frame! The tape job isn’t real pretty but as long as it is well stuck, masks off the frame and keeps it clean we are good to go. When the painting is complete the tape will be pulled off and thrown away so who cares what it looks like now? Please remember, as you read through my blog you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

My colors for the background are mixed. All are combinations, in various proportions, of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. They are numbered in order of darkness, #1 being the darkest and #5 the lightest.

I begin with the darkest mix, #1, in the upper right corner of the painting. Moving to the left I gradually start making a transition to #2.

Mixes #2 and #3 are used in the upper left corner.

The original painting, done in 1997, only had 2 of the California Poppy “Caps”. After we had shipped the painting to our gallery in the Napa Valley I always wished I’d put in 3. With 4 flowers and 3 “Caps” there will be 7 elements in the painting. Design wise it’s always better to have odd numbers. So I’m adding a third “Cap”, I hope Jenny doesn’t mind! Mixes #2 and #3 are used here.

The lower left corner is painted with the lightest mix, #5.

Once the background is complete I go ahead and sign the piece in the lower right corner. It’s much easier to do the calligraphy of my signature into the wet paint. It would be almost impossible to make smooth lines if the underlying paint was dry. My brush would skip and hop over the rough texture.

The extra background mixtures are saved on the left side of my palette. This way I won’t have to try to mix and match the paint if I need any when painting the flowers. The globs of color will be usable for several days. Thanks for following my blog and I really appreciate all of your wonderful comments! With Colorful Smiles,

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No Measure Grid Technique

May 15, 2019

This is a step back in time for me, this piece of mine was painted in 1997. I was contacted by the collector in October 2017. Jenny, Mike and their two children were devastated. Their home in Santa Rosa, California had completely burned to the ground in a matter of hours in the horrible wild fires that had swept the region. She said this painting was the very first she had ever purchased and it was a treasure in her life. Then Jenny asked if there was any way I would consider re-painting a duplicate poppy piece for her.

I quickly emailed back to make sure all in her family were OK and did they have a place to stay? Yes, I would re-paint her Poppies but it was not about the painting to me. I just wanted to help them get through this huge storm in their lives. Soon after that we visited on the phone. Jenny said that my reply to her email was the “First Ray of Sunshine” in the darkness of what they were dealing with. What a special family!

The date for groundbreaking on their new home is quickly approaching so it’s time to begin work on Jenny’s Poppies. Fortunately we take pictures of every painting I do. This one was long before digital cameras so I just have an old fashioned photo to work from. The colors are not exactly true but it’s amazing how I immediately know the color mixes! In order to make the painting very similar to the original I use a grid to help me transfer the composition to the canvas. This very simple grid technique is one Jack taught me. The BEST thing is it requires NO MEASURING! I scan the photo of the painting and print out a copy on regular paper. The first step is to draw diagonals from corner to corner of the canvas on the picture. That establishes the center point of the piece.

Next a horizontal line and vertical line are drawn through the center point on the picture.

In the upper right quadrant the process is repeated. The rectangular box is transected; diagonals first, horizontal and vertical lines next.

The process is repeated in the other three quadrants or boxes. Our No Measure Grid is complete. If the composition were more complicated I could keep on repeating the process in each smaller box.

The same grid is then drawn up on the canvas. You may have to enlarge the image to see this better, just click on the picture.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Gridding Up the Sketch on the Canvas

I’m not sure how well you can see the pencil sketching in the video but play the video on FULL SCREEN and it will be more clear.

The poppies are drawn up on the canvas. We’ll begin painting in our next session. Please come watch! If you would like to receive an email every time I publish a new post please feel free to 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 enter your email address and click the button “Sign me up!”  It’s easy.

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EMMA, MAX and TEANNA

May 13, 2019

 

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Blocking in Max’s Body

Max’s darker points are a deep rich brown. Pete said Julie described him as like a “Seal Point Siamese Cat” with long hair. After doing some research I found that Ragdoll kitties with this coloration are also called “Seal Points”! Julie is RIGHT ON! A mix of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange is used for his darkest markings.

After painting the white on his face, the distinctive widow’s peak is delineated. It’s what inspired the breeders to name him “Eddy” after the character on the TV Show “The Munsters”! Pete and Julie always wanted a cat named Max, so they renamed Eddy. I think Max is a much better name, don’t you?

Max’s eyes are darker blue than Emma and Teanna’s. A mix of Cobalt Blue + a bit of Ivory Black + White is used for his. The blue in the image appears brighter than the actual painting. Digital cameras tend to brighten and exaggerate the blues.

Emma, Max and Teanna

AND TA DA!!!!!! Emma, Max and Teanna are complete. I’ll be on needles and pins to hear what that Royal Lady Teanna thinks of the portrait! With BIG HUGS,

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

May 12, 2019

 

 

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

To ALL my Friends, THANK YOU for being part of my life. With BIG HUGS,

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Emma and Teanna

May 11, 2019

I begin painting the kitties with Emma. Several mixes in different combinations of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + White and Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + White are used for the soft warm greys in her markings. A little bit of the background color + MUD + White is used for the interior of Emma’s ears. Please remember, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

The light rims on her ears are made with the lightest shade of the soft grey that has even more White added.

I shrink Emma’s chin a bit, I’d made it too large. It’s amazing how different all three of these fur babies are, even though they are the same breed!

It’s fun to pull her long whiskers into the wet paint of the background. Working wet into wet makes it so much easier. If the paint behind the whiskers was dry the brush would skip and hop over the rough surface, making it almost impossible to draw a smooth line.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting Emma’s Eyes

Next, let’s start on Teanna. The white portions of her coat are mixes in varying proportions of White + MUD + Ultramarine Blue, White + Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange and White + MUD.

Light, streaming into the painting from the upper left, casts Max’s shadow onto Teanna’s shoulder.

The markings on Teanna’s face are blocked in with the same mixtures used on Emma.

Teanna’s eyes are lighter than Emma’s. All I have to do is add a little more White into those mixes and use them for Teanna.

Teanna has little tufts of hair on the tips of her ears, just like my Molly! I wonder if they have a Lynx somewhere on their family tree?

That’s all for today, we’ll be working on Max in our next session! Do come follow along, I’ll even have a video for you! AND…..I appreciate all of your wonderful and fun comments. With Colorful Smiles,

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Change in Midstream

May 9, 2019

Soon after Pete got the first blog on their commission, showing the 3 kitties sketched up on the canvas, he sent me this image. He said Teanna struck this pose and he quickly snapped a picture. I get the feeling she DID NOT like the way I had her sketched up in the portrait! It’s almost like she was saying, “THIS is how I want to be portrayed, it’s the best angle of my face. PLUS, I AM NOT that chunky!” I can hear Jack exclaiming all the way from Heaven, “JUST LIKE A WOMAN!” But I’ll tell you this with absolute certainty, he would also have a huge grin splashed across his face, knowing if he was down here I’d give him an elbow in the ribs.

I’m well trained by my kitties, I know to do as I’m told! Before the washed in drawing is totally dry I’m able to almost completely wipe off her image so I can place Teanna in the new position. Just a ghost remains but that is not a problem. You may click on this or any of the other images to view enlargements.

Now I draw the NEW, Improved pose with my oil wash of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 Part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. I have to make adjustments because in the photo Teanna is really stretched, I believe she wants to appear thinner. In the painting she is sitting down and very relaxed. Here’s where all the training in anatomy in my former career as a Medical Illustrator comes in handy.

We’ll begin painting with the background, Mixes #1 and #2. The color recipes are: #1. MUD + Alizarin Crimson + White. #2. 4 mixes in different proportions of MUD + Cadmium Red Light + Alizarin Crimson + White.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Background

Let’s get to work on the Saltillo Tile Floor………

My color recipes are: #3. MUD + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Red Light + Alizarin Crimson. #4. Ultramarine Blue + a little MUD + White. #5. 4 mixes of MUD + Cadmium Orange + a little Cadmium Red Light. White is added to make the lightest shade. #6. Pthalo Blue + a touch of mix #3 + White.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Tile Floor

The last step is to highlight the edges of the individual tiles touched by warm sunlight streaming across the floor.

That’s it for this session, I just PRAY Teanna is happy now! HUGS to everyone,Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

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Another Portrait!

May 7, 2019

Another Portrait, we’re moving from People to Kitties! Ragdolls to be exact. Pete and Julie, my collectors, have 3 of these beautiful cats; Max, Emma and Teanna. You may remember Teanna, she’s my painting assistant. As Pete watches my painting videos, Teanna tries to help me paint. CLICK HERE to see a video of Teanna watching my video!

Anyway, I came up with a basic composition for the three felines and made a pencil sketch. Then I gave Pete the fun assignment of taking pictures of the fur babies in their respective positions. Since I’m owned by two kitties myself, I knew it would be a challenge as it’s almost impossible to make cats do what you want! I see those trained cats on “America’s Got Talent” and am in complete awe. But I’m not the only one, I’ve seen Simon Cowell’s jaw drop too!

I have to say, Pete did a great job. Don’t know how he got his models to cooperate but I have the pictures to prove his “Cat Whispering” abilities. Armed with excellent photos it’s time for me to get to work drawing the trio up on the canvas with a pencil. Max is a little foreshortened in the reference photo so I have to make some adjustments. You may click on the image to see it larger.

After the pencil sketch on canvas is done I begin washing in the basic values on Emma with a thin oil mix of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

Teanna’s next. Her facial markings are similar to Emma’s but upon close examination I discover there are distinct differences.

The pupils are drawn in using the MUD/Liquin mixture. I won’t do any more work on the eyes until every kitty is completely washed in. I have to be certain all three are looking the same way!

The markings on Max are first washed in with a medium value mixture.

Then his darker points are added over the medium tone.

Our kitties are up on the canvas, they’ll have to dry completely before I start applying opaque oil paint. I do hope you’ll come back to my studio and follow the progress. If you would like to receive an email every time I publish a new post please feel free to 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 enter your email address and click the button “Sign me up!”  It’s easy.

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DOROTHY

May 6, 2019

 

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting Dorothy’s Eyes

Using paint left over from her face I begin establishing the skin tones on Dorothy’s hands and arms.

Mixtures of White + Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange and White + MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) are used for the diamond in her ring. These same mixes were used for her earrings. The gold tones are combinations of MUD + Cadmium Orange + a little Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. You may click on this or any of the other images to see them larger.

I place the image of the original photograph beside the painting in ADOBE Photoshop to compare the two. This allows me to make certain I have all the little details correct. I still have a few minor adjustments to make. If you don’t have ADOBE Photoshop you can also place the images side by side by inserting them in a Microsoft WORD document.

Dorothy             11 inches by 11 inches

The portrait is complete. Normally I would just box the painting up to send it off by FEDEX to my collector. BUT, this was a special opportunity for me. I got to personally deliver the portrait to Frank at his birthday dinner! What FUN, as well as a delicious meal! Thank you to Diane for letting me be part of the SURPRISE and PARTY! And to ALL of my readers…I so appreciate your wonderful comments. With Colorful Smiles,Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

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Painting Begins with the Background

May 4, 2019

 

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Background

 

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: The Magenta Sweater

 

Dorothy’s hair is blocked in with several mixes in different proportions of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + White.

 

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Blocking in Dorothy’s Face

 

Teeth are one of the hardest things to do in painting a portrait. The entire tooth area is first covered in a mix of White + Ultramarine Blue + a tiny bit of Cadmium Orange to make the shadows.

 

The lighter portion of the teeth is then added with the same mixture + extra White, NOT PURE WHITE. The trick is to avoid getting the highlight too bright. It’s a fine line between her teeth appearing nice and White or having them jump out of her face. The lines between each tooth are not delineated completely, that would make Dorothy look as if she had a picket fence in her mouth. I just indicate a slight mark between each tooth along the line of the lower lip. To see this better you may enlarge the image by clicking on the picture.

 

We’ll work on Dorothy’s eyes in our next session. I’m even planning to have a VIDEO showing how I paint them following Jack’s simple technique. See you then! HUGS,Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

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