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Primary Colors of Mykonos

April 17, 2014

SD3614 Primary Colors of Mykonos Step 1Join me for a ride on my magic carpet to my favorite island in the Greek Islands, Mykonos. I make a quick sketch of this alleyway, winding down to the water, to solidify my ideas.

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After painting the sky and lazy summer clouds the crystal clear, azure blue water is blocked in. That in the distance is darker and more muted, the water becomes lighter and brighter in the foreground.

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The red door POPS against the blue green water in the background.

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The entire surface of the typical stone floor is covered with mixes of Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + White. Then the wide, white grout joints are drawn into the wet paint.

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I fell in love with this combination of Blue and Yellow pots filled with Geraniums the moment I saw them!

SD3614 Primary Colors of Mykonos 10x10Primary Colors of Mykonos      10″ x 10″     Original Oil Painting

Santorini may have spectacular views but this delightful island is filled with loads of happy hues, the Primary Colors of Mykonos. Let the Reds, Yellows and Blues juxtaposed against the brilliant, almost electric blues of the Aegean Sea color your wall with the romance of island living.

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Primary Colors of Mykonos measures 10″ x 10″ and would retail in our galleries for $490. But to make it more fun we are starting the bidding on the auction at 1 cent. That’s right, ONLY A PENNY! But you’ll need to act quickly, the auction ends Saturday, April 19 at 8 PM Central Time! And don’t worry about doing any framing, Primary Colors of Mykonos is painted on a panel with 1 1/2″ finished sides. You can take the EMBRYO out of the box and hang it directly on your wall. We even provide the hanger and nail!

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HAPPY BIDDING and HUGS,

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Peaceful Joy

April 16, 2014

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Several of you have asked about the color recipes I use for skin tones. Well…..here they are. #1. Cerulean Blue + White. #2. Terra Rosa + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White. #3. Terra Rose + Alizarin Crimson + White. #4. Terra Rosa + White. #5. Mix #4 + White. #6. Mix #5 + White. #7. Terra Rosa + Cadmium Red Light + White. #8. Terra Rosa + MUD + White.

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The Angel’s arm, hand and face are now painted. The sky is still wet which makes pulling the edges easier. My wrist is braced on a mahl stick to steady my hand as I work on the fine details. If you would like to see the image larger just click on the picture.

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The Angel’s blonde, wavy hair is blocked in with mixes in various proportions of MUD + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + White. Then I work on those wonderful wings that suspend her above the wispy clouds. The flat edge of a large Bright brush is perfect to indicate the feathers.

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Terry loves soft pinks and yellows, so I make pale Permanent Rose Lilies part of the bouquet filling our Angel’s arm. The gentle curve of a Palm Frond adds a nice touch.

SD3714 14x14Peaceful Joy        Original Oil Painting       14″ x 14″

Buttery Yellow Daisies complete the flowers. We’re done! Our Angel will have to dry for a few days and then she’ll be off to bring Peaceful Joy to her new home. Have an absolutely delightful day. Hugs,

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Above the Clouds

April 14, 2014

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This is a really fun commission. Terry has collected my work for many years and saw one of the Angels I’d painted around Christmas time. She asked me to do one for her with a simple side view of the face, wanting to give more of an illusion of Angelicness, rather than a “Portrait”. Terry also loves the wings so we’ll show more of them.

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The upper portion of the sky is painted first with a mix of Cobalt Blue + White. Moving down I use Pthalo Blue + White. Pthalo Blue + a touch of Lemon Yellow + White is used at the lowest part of the sky.

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The clouds are painted very soft and subtle so they fall into the background, giving an ethereal look to the piece. Terry wanted some kind of yellow birds. I suggested Goldfinches, our garden is full of them right now. I love the way they hang upside down as they eat at the thistle seed feeders. They are delightful to watch and even more fun to paint!

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Adding three goldfinches makes for a pleasing composition. Two distinctively colored males cavort around the female perched on our Angel’s outstretched finger. Thanks for following along today, hope you’ll come visit again. Hugs,

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Singin’ the Bluebonnets

April 8, 2014

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As you can tell by now my favorite time of year is when the landscape comes alive in the spring. To say I’m wild about Bluebonnets is an understatement! Here’s a shot from our garden.

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Jack suggested I paint a Texas Rooster for my eBay auction this week. And what is better to portray the Lone Star State than a field of Bluebonnets? After sketching up the basic design in a thin oil wash I begin painting the sky and trees in the background. I let a shaft of light stream across the most distant part of the meadow of Bluebonnets. Please remember, you can click on any of the images to see them larger.

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The entire field is covered with a mass of blue. The Bluebonnets in the most distant part are painted with a mix of Ultramarine Blue + a touch of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White. The midportion is pure Ultramarine Blue + White, while the foreground flowers are blocked in with Cobalt Blue + White. Then I come back and add the foliage, interspersing it here and there.

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White caps complete the Bluebonnets. An old weathered fence gives a place for our Rooster to take in the beauty of spring. The reds in his comb and feathers POP against the muted greens of the oak trees in the background.

SD3314 Singin' the Bluebonnets 10x10Singin’ the Bluebonnets   10″ x 10″   Original Oil Painting Embryo

Does this guy have an attitude or What? He is Texas Proud, viewing the world from his perch nestled among the wild Roses. He’s not singing the Blues. NOPE, he’s Singin’ the Bluebonnets! Let his happiness invade your home.

 

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Singin’ the Bluebonnets measures 10″ x 10″ and would retail in our galleries for $490. But to make it more fun we are starting the bidding on the auction at 1 cent. That’s right, ONLY A PENNY! But you’ll need to act quickly, the auction ends Thursday, April 10 at 8 PM Central Time! And don’t worry about framing this feisty fella, he is painted on a panel with 1 1/2″ finished sides. You can take the EMBRYO out of the box and hang it directly on your wall. We even provide the hanger and nail!

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HAPPY BIDDING and HUGS,

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Tuscan Wine and Roses

April 3, 2014

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Let’s run away to Tuscany today for my eBay diptych! After sketching up the basic composition on the panels I begin painting the bright summer Tuscan sky and rolling landscape. Don’t you just love the little, hilltop villages in this part of Italy?

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Vineyards and Italian Cypress Trees finish out the background. Notice the farthest ends of the rows of vines are made bluer, or cooler, so they will recede. Then the fragrant roses spilling over the terrace wall are painted with mixes of Permanent Rose + White.

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The brilliant red door POPS with all of the green, its complimentary color, in the background.

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After the terra-cotta tiles are finished the frames of the chairs are drawn into the wet paint of the floor. The cushions are a Periwinkle Blue made of Ultramarine Blue + Dioxazine Purple + White.

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Now for the gardening. A lush Trumpet Creeper cascades down over the tiles of the roof.

SC3014 - SC3114 FINALCascade of Color                                 Heart of Tuscany

Geraniums and Sunflowers fill the containers, adding a happy jumble of color to the Tuscan terrace. These two Senkarik EMBRYOS, Cascade of Color and Heart of Tuscany, are designed to be displayed together or individually. The pair of these Original oil paintings would retail in our galleries for $780 but to make it more fun we are starting the bidding on each auction at 1 cent. That’s right, ONLY A PENNY! But you’ll need to act quickly, the auctions end Friday, April 4 beginning at 8 PM Central Time!

SC3014 Cascade of Color 6x6Cascade of Color      6×6      Original Oil Painting Embryo

Looking to add a spot of brightness in your home or office? Let this Tuscan Red Door, surrounded by cheerful flowers fill your life with a Cascade of Color. Wouldn’t you love to live where you could walk out the door and take in this view of Tuscany’s finest vineyards? Or perhaps you have a gift giving occasion coming up. Senkarik Original Embryos make unique gifts that are sure to please. The cheerful blossoms in Cascade of Color will last long after candy and regular flowers are gone.

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SC3114 Heart of Tuscany 6x6Heart of Tuscany     6×6     Original Oil Painting Embryo

Does the thought of sitting and sipping wine on a terrace overlooking vineyards and a quaint, Tuscan hilltop village sound appealing? Here’s your chance to enjoy this view deep in the Heart of Tuscany every single day on your wall.

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Each piece measures 6″ x 6″. And don’t worry about framing them, these little gems painted on panels with 1 1/2″  finished sides are ready to hang as soon as you unpack them.

Take a magical trip to Tuscany every time you view Cascade of Color and Heart of Tuscany on your wall. The auctions are staggered 7 minutes apart so you can win one or both Original Oil Paintings for your home or office. AND…..If you win the TWO EMBRYOS we will give you FREE SHIPPING! Don’t linger, the first auction ends tomorrow, Friday, April 4 at 8 PM Texas (Central) Time.

To go to both auctions in the Diptych CLICK  HERE.

HAPPY BIDDING and HUGS,

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Basking in the Sun

April 2, 2014

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Buddy is such a cute little boy, his face and body are blocked in first. I’ll continue to make refinements as I work.

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After insuring Buddy is resting comfortably on the warm tiles I move to the Petunias. Magenta + Dioxazine Purple + White are used for the fragrant blossoms. Then the leaves of Viridian Green + White are painted around the flower color.

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Red Geraniums are some of my favorites. After the flowers are blocked in first and the foliage added I come back to highlight the individual petals illuminated by the sun.

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The luscious pink Hollyhocks are made of Permanent Rose + White and Cadmium Orange + Permanent Rose + White. The mixtures are randomly placed on the canvas, giving a delightful variation of brilliant color.

SD3214 Basking in the Sun 14x14Basking in the Sun     14″ x 14″   Original Oil Painting

Lush green leaves made of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium finish out the Hollyhocks. Buddy is Basking in the Sun enjoying the beauty of the garden around him. This has been so much fun, I really enjoy collaborating with my collectors. If you’d like me to paint something especially for you please email me at senkarik@senkarik.com. HUGS,

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Rosy Walls and a Soft Blue Door

April 1, 2014

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This lovely entry is in Provence. Villefranche to be exact, a picturesque village located on the coast of France between Nice and Monaco. I begin by blocking in the rosy walls. Mixes in varying proportions of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Red Light + White are used. The creamy door frame is made with mixtures of White + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue.

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Several of you have asked how I paint the lacy curtains that show up in my pieces on occasion. Now that the dark window area is dry, I lightly dragged the curtains over the washed in area using mixes of Ultramarine Blue + White and MUD + White. I made sure to let some of the dark show through. This layer will serve as the shadows of the filmy material. Mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White are then used to paint the soft blue door.

 

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When the door and mullions separating the window panes are complete the curtains illuminated by the sun are highlighted. Pure White would be too bright, I add a little white to the curtain mixtures leftover from the previous step. Then the entire surface of the floor is covered with various Terra-Cotta mixtures of MUD + Cadmium Orange + White. Perspective lines are now drawn freehand into the wet paint of the floor with a fine liner brush. You can click on the image to enlarge any of the pictures.

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Horizontal lines separating the individual tiles are delineated. The final step on the Terra-Cotta floor is to accent the edges of the tiles. Notice the random strokes of Ultramarine Blue + White that are added near the back of the floor on both levels to make it recede. The blue is cooler than the warmer browns at the front of the floor. This follows a simple rule that helps to give the appearance of depth in a painting: Cool Colors go Back, Warm Colors come Forward. Thank you for following along today, hope you’ll come back and visit again soon. Hugs,

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A Spring Visitor

March 31, 2014

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Ahhh, Spring. Along with the warm weather comes our menagerie of feathered friends. We so enjoy seeing the Wild Turkeys.

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This guy is a beauty, scarfing down the sunflower seed that has fallen from the feeder above.

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Mr. Chippers, our resident Northern Cardinal, is taking his spring bath. Actually he bathes almost every day, we think Mrs. Chippers makes him!

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Bluebonnets and Red Corn Poppies fill our beds. I always let them go to seed after they flower, that way they come back naturally every year. It’s fun, I’m never sure where the crimson Poppies will POP up! You can click on any of the images to see them larger.

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Back to the easel! I’m working on a commission of a piece very similar to one I’ve done previously. Bonnie fell in love with the painting but just missed winning it on eBay. So… we’re collaborating on a special version just for her. Just like building a house the basic structure of the door and steps is sketched in first.

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Next I begin drawing her kitty, Buddy, by the terra-cotta container.

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Landscaping is now added. I label all of the flowers to act as a guide while I’m painting. I’ve been known to get in the middle of a piece, happily painting away only to realize I’ve put in different flowers than those my collector requested. OOPPPS! Happy Spring Everyone :)

HUGS,

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Blanketed With Bluebonnets

March 28, 2014

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While most of the United States is still dealing with freezing cold spring has arrived here in South Texas. We know winter has disappeared for another year when Bluebonnets cover the countryside.

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So let’s capture those beautiful state flowers on canvas for my eBay auction piece. My first step is to sketch up my basic plan on the panel in a thin oil wash.

If you would like to go directly to eBay CLICK HERE. Don’t linger, the auction ends Saturday, March 29 at 8PM Central Time.

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Don’t you love old, red barns? Jack and I took pictures of this barn years ago, it’s still one of my favorites. The faded red is mixed from various combinations of Alizarin Crimson + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) and a little White. You can click on this or any of the other pictures to see them larger.

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And we just have to have a windmill! It is drawn into the wet paint of the sky with a thin mix of MUD. My wrist is braced on my mahl stick to steady my hand as I delineate the individual blades.

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The entire blue area of the Bluebonnet field is painted first. I’ve used a muted blue mixed of Ultramarine Blue + a little MUD near the barn. Pure Ultramarine Blue + White makes up the middle ground while the more intense blue in the front is Cobalt Blue + White. This gradation helps to give the feeling of depth. Next I come back and begin adding the foliage of the Bluebonnet plants.

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Now the individual flowers are developed. The final touch on the Bluebonnets is to add the White tops.

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Coreopsis, dancing in the breeze, bring a blast of Bright Cadmium Yellow to the foreground.

SC2914 Blanketed with Bluebonnets 10x10Blanketed in Bluebonnets      10″ x 10″     Original Oil Painting

Here’s your opportunity to enjoy the delight of a warm, Texas spring day all year long in your home or office.

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SC2914 Blanketed with Bluebonnets 10x10 with tape

Blanketed with Bluebonnets measures 10″ x 10″ and would retail in our galleries for $490. But to make it more fun we are starting the bidding on the auction at 1 cent. That’s right, ONLY A PENNY! But you’ll need to act quickly, the auction ends Saturday, March 29 at 8 PM Central Time! And don’t worry about framing this spring landscape, it is painted on a panel with 1 1/2″ finished sides. You can take the EMBRYO out of the box and hang it directly on your wall. We even provide the hanger and nail!

CLICK HERE to go directly to the auction.

HAPPY BIDDING and HUGS,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

 

 

A Swash of White Flowers

March 26, 2014

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We’re changing the red Petunias to Bougainvillea HOT PINK! Permanent Rose + White mixed in different combinations makes the perfect color for these fragrant flowers. Don’t forget, you can enlarge the pictures by clicking on the image.

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Embellishing the White Hollyhocks is fun. I go back in and repaint the shadows of the blossoms with mixes of Ultramarine Blue + White, Pthalo Blue + White and Dioxazine Purple + White. Then the pure White highlights are delineated with thickly textured brushstrokes.

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After repainting the petals of the Matilija Poppies the deep yellow centers are added. These are sometimes called “Fried Egg Flowers”. Can you see why?

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Now the White Daisies are enhanced. The basic giclee print is a little bit blue, this makes the pure White highlights POP!

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I save the star of the show, our perky little Hummingbird, ’til last! Rhett dances and flits around the Cadmium Red Light Penstemon.

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Nancy decided she wanted the wood door to be a little brighter and richer. Also she sent a picture of her chairs so I could match them more closely. Aren’t computers wonderful? I just set the laptop up by the easel so I could get the color on the gates as nearly the same as possible. Hummingbird Hideaway is complete, I’ll let it dry a few days and then it will be off to it’s new home! Hugs,

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