Archive for the ‘Original Oil Paintings’ Category

It was a Dark and Stormy Night!

February 20, 2017

First of all, I’m safe and sound. 4 tornadoes touched down in San Antonio last night, but far from where I am. Got lots of crazy wind and 2 3/4 inches of rain. Now Molly and Sissie, our rescue kitties, hated it. Molly was howling louder than the storm! After the worst had passed through and I finally got back to sleep those two decided to play chase on the bed. On top of me, of course. KIDS!!!! Had plenty of small branches and ball moss to pick up in the yard this morning, but other than that I was certainly blessed. Please keep those who were less fortunate than me in your prayers. 


So, back to painting. I’m beginning a new piece for our Santa Fe gallery, 20 inches tall by 24 inches wide. I love this old, water well.


We’re going to magically move it from Tuscany and place it in a typical Southwestern courtyard.


The drawing is sketched on the canvas with a brush dipped in a thin wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin Original. I make sure to add plenty of Liquin to the wash, that way it will flow smoothly and won’t clump.


A kitty, snuggled up against an old watering can, sleeps on the step up to the gate.


We catch a glimpse of the surrounding mountains through the opening over the gate. Then construction of the courtyard wall begins. Several mixes of Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + MUD + White are used for the adobe.


A Wisteria will guard the gate. It’s fun painting the gnarly, twisted trunk. The purple blossoms and soft foliage will be added in our next session. 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. And if you enjoy my blog please CLICK the FaceBook LIKE Button. As we say in Texas, “Much Obliged!

Hey, Looka at Me!

February 18, 2017


What would a Santa Fe alley be without a strand of chili peppers? The initial wash in is totally dry, now I come back and paint the rista with thick brushstrokes. Mixes of Alizarin Crimson + White are used to delineate the individual peppers.


Geraniums fill the containers on top of the wall by Looka. They’ve been blocked in with my usual sequence of FLOWERS FIRST, LEAVES LAST. Then the petals illuminated by the sun are highlighted with a combination of Cadmium Red Light + White.


Mr. Chippers decided to drop in for a visit. Can’t you just hear his cheerful chip, chip, chip? Bet in Cardinal talk he’s saying HI to Looka. He reminds me of the Lone Ranger with his black mask! If you’d like to enlarge the image just click on the picture.


Magenta Hollyhocks extend around the corner of the canvas. The flowers are made of various mixes of Magenta + White while the foliage is combinations of Ultramarine Blue + Lemon Yellow.


After planting pink Petunias in the container by the door I begin on the Sunflowers. Mixes of Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) and pure Cadmium Yellow Medium are used to block in the large blossoms. A little Cadmium Yellow Medium is mixed into the greens that remain from the Hollyhocks. The leaf color is worked around the masses of yellow, helping to shape the blooms.


Adding the dark centers with a mixture of MUD + Liquin makes the Sunflowers immediately identifiable!


A clump of Day Lilies springs up in the corner and PRESTO! That cute little pup, surrounded by all of the beautiful flowers just seems to be calling out, “Hey Looka at me! I’m the prettiest of ALL!” Thank you for following along and also for your wonderful comments. I appreciate every one of them. HUGS, 

A Pretty Pup!

February 17, 2017


The Blue ceramic pot is blocked in with mixes of Ultramarine Blue + White. A little MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) is added for the darkest value. The back edge of the container is rimmed with a stroke of a lighter Ultramarine Blue + White mix. This helps to give the feeling that the pot is round.


Red Orange Trumpet vine drapes down over the building in the foreground. The warmth of these flowers makes the cooler ones of the Bougainvillea drop back.


Mixes of MUD + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Red Light + White are used for the mahogany “Speak Easy” door. Extra White is added to the mixture for the sunlit portion of the door. 


When I originally sketched up my drawing on the canvas I covered the window area with a thin wash of MUD + Liquin and Ultramarine Blue + Liquin. It’s completely dry now so I’m able to draw the wrought iron rails over the “Glass”. My hand is resting on the mahl stick to keep it steady as I delineate the straight bars.


Looka is a cutie! I love his ears and bright eyes. Even though he has a bright White spot on his forehead the rest of his coat is not totally white. So I’ve made a creamy mixture by combining White + a bit of Cadmium Orange + a touch of Ultramarine Blue. MUD is added to the mix for the shadows. His brown spots are made from paint left from the Terra Cotta containers. Please remember as you go through my blog, you may click on any of the pictures to see them larger.


The cobblestone area is first painted with the light and shadow pattern, then I come back and indicate the crevices between the rocks. I don’t want to outline each and every one, but rather give the impression of the cobbles. If you look at a cobblestone street in real life you don’t see all of the cracks, just dark indentations here and there.


The cobblestone alley is complete. I’ve gone ahead and painted the long, strap-like leaves of the Day Lily. It’s much easier to make them smooth while the cobbles are still wet. Thanks for following along. HUGS,

A Valentines’ Surprise

February 15, 2017


The Bougainvillea cascading over the adobe building is painted with several different mixtures of Magenta + White. The leaves are made of various shades of Viridian Green + White. One of the neat things about being an artist is we can make the world as we want it to be. There is no way “Bogies” would survive the Santa Fe winters. But in this painting it NEVER gets cold!


Jeana requested a touch of the Irish in this piece, so a shamrock with heart-shaped leaves resides on a tile by the door. My wrist is braced against my mahl stick to steady my hand as I paint the details. This also alleviates any strain on my shoulder. Painting full-time I have to be careful of my joints and muscles. Can’t allow them to get inflamed and sore.


Sunlight streams into the alleyway from the upper right. Looka casts a neat shadow on the wall of the entry porch.


A Dioxazine Purple umbrella compliments the Cobalt Blue door and Turquoise window.


The wall of the door jamb is in shadow. A little bit of Ultramarine Blue + White is added to the edge closest to the door to make it recede.


Our construction phase of the adobe structures is complete. I’ll be working on the “Speak-easy” door and Looka in our next session. Hope you’ll come join me!

But before I go I’d like to thank you for all of the warm messages everyone sent me for Valentines. I certainly hope yours was wonderful. My day got off to a special start. Valentines’ morning, as I began my walk, the skies were covered in clouds. We had gotten two inches of rain during the night. At the end of our street there are some beautiful mountain laurel trees that are in full bloom right now. You can see how pretty these Texas tress are in the picture above. You may click on the image to see it larger.

The blossoms smell heavenly. I wish I could somehow capture that fragrance in my blog. Well….just as I got there, taking in that amazing aroma, the sun broke through the clouds. You could see some blue sky and part of a sunlit cloud through the window to Heaven.

Let me digress a moment; Jack had been on blood thinners the past two years and was always cold. After he went to Heaven I look up on sunny days and imagine him sitting on the brightest cloud in the sky, basking in the sun. On Valentines’ morning I just knew Jack was up there on that particular sunlit cloud. It was almost like God was telling me, “Jack is safely up here with me now; nice and warm. He’s still in your heart. You’ll be together again one day.”

And to think I almost didn’t walk because it was so wet. Am I ever glad I did. I really think Our Lord pushed me out the door! HUGS,

A Cozy Alley

February 13, 2017


I’m beginning on another piece for Jeana. This one takes us back to a cozy little alley in Santa Fe. She wanted to incorporate one of her fur babies, Looka. Here’s my pen and ink sketch.


First, the basic architecture is drawn up on the canvas with a brush dipped in a thin wash made of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin Original. A T-Square, resting on the top of the canvas, is used to insure my lines are straight up and down. The container by the door is washed in with Ultramarine Blue + Liquin Original.


The top of the open umbrella is sketched before drawing in the pole.


Looka happily rests on the top step, watching the world go by.


A chili ristra is washed in with Alizarin Crimson + Liquin Original. I came back with a clean brush dipped in thinner and lifted off the color to indicate the individual peppers. The entire ristra will be painted opaquely in a later session. All of the plants are labeled so I don’t forget my original plan. Thank you for following along. 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. And if you enjoy my blog please CLICK the FaceBook LIKE Button. As we say in Texas, “Much Obliged! HUGS,

A Touch of the Orient

February 10, 2017


First, I’d like to thank all of you for the advice on how to recover the files “That Molly” deleted. Armed with the knowledge I’m ready for the next time it happens. I decided this time to just move ahead with our painting. The black lacquer bench is painted with mixes of Ivory Black + White. Also a few highlights are added with a mixture of White + Ultramarine Blue. All of the foliage behind the bench was painted first, now the rails are drawn over the wet background.


The curved walk is made of rough pavers. The entire surface was first covered with heavy brushwork, establishing the light and dark areas. Irregular, curved perspective lines are pulled into the thick paint with a fine liner brush dipped in a mix of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. When those are complete the horizontal crevices, separating the individual pavers, will be drawn with the same brush.


The needles of the Bonsai Tree are painted with combinations in varying proportions of Ultramarine Blue + Lemon Yellow + a tiny bit of Cadmium Orange. 


A small waterfall happily cascades over the rocks below the twisted trunk of the Bonsai. The “Edge” where the water drops from the upper stream over the falls catches light, so it’s accented with White + the littlest bit of Ultramarine Blue.


Jeana loves Koi, so we decided to add some in the pond. They are swimming pretty deep, we just see flashes of orange under the surface of the water. The entire unit, canvas attached to the cardboard backing, is taken off the easel and laid flat. This makes it much easier to paint the bottom edge of the gallery wrap canvas. If you’d like to know how the canvas was attached to the cardboard CLICK HERE.

sb0917-a-touch-of-the-orient-14x14A Touch of the Orient       14″ tall x 14″ wide

A big clump of African Daisies is planted by the side of the bench and we’re done. The New Mexico bluffs have A Touch of the Orient! Thanks for following along. I truly appreciate all of your wonderful comments. And please, always feel free to ask questions. HUGS,

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February 9, 2017


I’m sure most of you have, at one time or another, discovered your “Fur Baby” sitting on the keyboard of your computer. The little gremlin presses all sorts of different key combinations, making it almost impossible to get the computer back working the way it should. WELL…..THAT MOLLY did exactly that. I finally got my laptop going and thought all was fine. Until I started to put my blog together. Somehow the sweet baby managed to delete several of the images for today’s post. And unknowingly I cleaned out my recycle bin BEFORE I discovered the images were missing! So you just won’t get to see the cherry blossoms, sweet potato vine or red Oriental arch being painted. Fortunately Jeana has several Fur Babies so I know she’ll understand. We’ll begin with the White Dove, coming in for a landing. She’s accentuated by the red beam behind her. My wrist is braced against the mahl stick to steady my hand as I delineate the details.



We’re including the Oriental symbols for Hope, Faith and Love on the arch. The light background of the panels is painted first. Then the symbols are drawn into the wet paint with a brush dipped in Ivory Black. Please remember, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.


Magenta Orchids grow at the base of the arch. Those in Jeana’s sister’s painting were white. I changed the color so the Orchids wouldn’t draw attention away from the Dove and Lucky Cat statue. Hopefully, if I can keep my “Lucky Cat” off the computer, I’ll have a full complement of images for our next session! 


Thank you for helping me paint today. And…. I have a feeling Jack is getting some painting time in. Our sunsets the last two days have been incredibly beautiful. I truly believe God lets all the artists in Heaven “Paint the Sky” now and then. Can’t you just imagine Jack up there with Monet, Degas, Sargeant, Turner and Rembrandt wielding huge paintbrushes? Picturing that brings a smile to my face and happiness in my heart. HUGS,
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Bluffs of Ghost Ranch

February 7, 2017


We begin with the sky. The blue field is painted with mixes of White + Cobalt Blue and a lighter mixture of White + Pthalo Blue. The Cobalt Blue combination is used toward the top of the canvas. The lowest part of the sky, close to the top of the mountains, is made with the lightest Pthalo Blue mix.


While the paint of the sky is wet the long dangling, vine-like branches and blossoms of the Cherry Tree are made. Painting wet-into-wet softens the edges, making them recede.


The Bluffs surrounding Ghost Ranch in New Mexico are magical. In 1929 when Georgia O’Keeffe first visited Taos she caught a tantalizing glimpse of Ghost Ranch from a high plain. She didn’t actually get to the Ranch until 1934. Upon learning it was a dude ranch, Georgia was dismayed. However, a room was available for her that night in Ghost House and she ended up spending the entire summer at the Ranch. This established a pattern she followed for years. Summers at Ghost Ranch exploring it’s beauty on foot and on canvas; then winters in New York. Because she was basically a loner, she sought lodging at the Ranch that was somewhat isolated from the headquarters area. The owner offered to rent her his own residence called Rancho de los Burros. In 1940, she purchased the home, becoming the owner of a very small piece of Ghost Ranch; Rancho de los Burros and seven acres. Ghost Ranch gave her the freedom to paint what she saw and felt. The bluffs of Pedernal were probably her favorite subject. “It’s my private mountain,” she said. “God told me if I painted it often enough I could have it.”


Sage brush covers the high desert floor. The soft, gray greens are combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. 


Our Southwest portion of the painting is complete. On to the Orient in our next session!


This morning I was working in the garden and walked past Rosie, one of our three Redbud Trees. Something caught my eye………….


Imagine my delight and joy when I realized she had some flower buds popping out! Rosie is an early bird, like me she is more than ready for winter to be over. Pinkie and Ruby, our other Redbuds, will soon follow! I know those of you who live in the frozen tundra  of the north probably don’t want to hear this but…SPRING is just around the corner here in South Texas. HUGS, 
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East Meets Southwest

February 6, 2017


This is a fun collaboration. I had previously painted this piece for my collector to give as a gift to her sister, who loved it. But Jeana also liked it! So she asked me to paint another version to hang in her own home.


We decided to flip the painting, along with adding several different elements. I’m replacing the pagoda with a Bonsai Tree and waterfall. I’ve also moved the “lucky cat” to the other side of the bench.


Bluffs of New Mexico loom in the distance, the East meets the Southwest!


The pink blossoms of the Cherry Tree are washed in with a mixture of Permanent Rose + Liquin.


So, our Oriental piece with a Southwestern twist is sketched up and ready to begin painting. I’ll start in our next session, hope you’ll come follow along. 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. And if you enjoy my blog please CLICK the FaceBook LIKE Button. As we say in Texas, “Much Obliged!

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But before I go for today I want to remind you, my Valentine’s eBay auctions end tomorrow! That’s Right; TUESDAY, February 7 at 8 PM Texas (Central) Time.

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Capture the heart of the one you love with the gift of an original Senkarik oil painting!


February 3, 2017


February 14th is just around the corner! Give that special someone on your Valentines’ list the gift of a Senkarik Original Oil Painting, it’s sure to bring smiles for years to come. I’m offering 2 different pieces, painted with love, on eBay. To make it lots of fun all of the bidding begins at 1 cent. That’s right, ONLY A PENNY! 

Surprise your sweetheart with An Air of Romance, giving him or her the opportunity to escape the hustle bustle of daily life on a magic carpet ride. To sit and relax, enjoying the view of the Amalfi Coast anytime they please. The recipient will see an expression of your love every time they look at the heart backed chairs in An Air of Romance. And these flowers will always stay fresh without any care or watering!


Ever Together would make a wonderful Valentine’s gift for that special someone in your life who loves color! Mccaws are some of Jack’s favorite birds. Not only was he enamored with their brilliant feathers but the fact that impressed him most is that Macaws are monogamous, having only one mate for life. Your sweetheart will be reminded of your love every time they look at this beautiful pair snuggling, Ever Together. A Senkarik Original Oil Painting is a present that lasts for generations. I’ll even personalize the reverse side of the painting to the person you are giving it to. Just let me know as soon as possible after you win!

CLICK HERE to go to the auctions


Both An Air of Romance and Ever Together measure 10 inches tall by 10 inches wide. These would retail in galleries for $590. But remember, the bid begins at ONLY A PENNY!


You don’t have to worry about doing any framing, each piece is painted on a canvas panel with 1 1/2 inch finished sides. They are ready to hang, I’ve even provided the hanger and nail. Please remember, I’ll be happy to personalize the back of the painting for the lucky person you are giving it to. Just let me know as soon as possible after you win!

SO…. get your Valentine’s shopping done from the comfort of your easy chair. The two auctions are staggered 10 minutes apart so you can win one or both of the Senkarik Original Oil Paintings for your gift giving.

Don’t linger, the first auction ends TUESDAY, February 7 at 8 PM Texas (Central) Time.