Archive for the ‘Original Oil Paintings’ Category

Hands Across Taos

April 22, 2014

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The Turquoise Container adds a nice contrast to the white door and orange Trumpet Vine. Next the cobblestone floor is blocked in with various mixes of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + White. The portion at the back is made bluer, or cooler, so it will recede. This follows a simple rule that helps give depth in a painting: Cool Colors go Back, Warm Colors come Forward.

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The crevices between the individual stones are indicated with a small Bright brush. I don’t want to outline each and every rock, but just give the impression of cobblestones.

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Let’s plant some Geraniums in the Turquoise Pot! After the flowers and leaves are blocked in I come back and begin adding the details of the petals.

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The Hollyhocks are also painted in my usual sequence of Flowers First, Leaves Last. The bright blossoms are made with combinations of Permanent Rose + White.

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Hands Across Taos      14″ x 11″    Original Oil Painting

The greens of the leaves are painted around the pinks, helping to shape the large flowers. Tall stalks filled with seed pods are added and the piece is signed. We’re done! Please remember, if you have any questions feel free to ask. Have a wonderful day. Hugs,

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A Cool Door

April 21, 2014

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My collector took the picture above at the Taos Pueblo in New Mexico. Isn’t this the coolest door? Travis asked if I could paint it with the “Senkarik” touch. NO PROBLEM.

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Pulling out my sketchbook and Sharpie pen I got to work. Here is the sketch……….

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The basic outline is drawn up on the canvas in a thin oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. The shadow patterns are also established at this time.

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The old adobe wall is painted with mixes of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. A little MUD is added for the shadows.  The cast shadows of the vigas are made a little cooler, or bluer, at the very ends. If you would like to learn more about our Double Primary Color Mixing System CLICK HERE.

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Bracing my wrist on a mahl stick steadies my hand to paint the details of the American Flag hanging inside the window of the door. What is a mahl stick? CLICK HERE to find out!

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First the door is painted solid white. Next I come back and delineate the hand prints into the wet paint. What a fun challenge! All the while I was working on this I kept thinking what a great time the people who originally put the prints on the door had.

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Stars complete the flag and a Red Orange Trumpet Vine cascades down over the door. Thank you for following along today. Hope you’ll come back and visit again soon. Hugs,

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Preparation for a Southwestern Pair

April 19, 2014

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Today I’m starting on a pair of paintings based on photos my collector took in Taos, New Mexico. Travis wants his pieces painted on regular canvas to be framed traditionally. So….we have a little preparation work to do before I step up to the easel. A square is made on the back of all my canvases with KILZ paint. This keeps the Sharpie pen I use for labeling from bleeding though the front. Then I write the Title, my copyright info, our code number of authenticity and the personalization for the collector. Two screw eyes are placed in the stretcher bars as shown.

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The canvas is turned over and placed on a piece of double ply cardboard that is large enough to leave about 3 inches exposed all the way around. Then the canvas is pressed down, the screw eyes dent the cardboard. The ice pick is used to enlarge the dents, making holes all the way through the cardboard. Notice the arrow penciled at the top of the canvas. This is done so the painting will be right side up to the labeling on the back. You may have to enlarge the image to see it better, just click on the picture.

 

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The screw eyes protrude out the cardboard, nails are inserted to hold the canvas tightly against the backing. This will allow me to ship the paintings while they are still a bit tacky. I’ll show you how they are packed after the paintings are finished.

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The cardboard holding the canvas is then placed on my easel. The backing will make handling the wet painting very easy. You can see my painting setup. The easel and taboret are on wheels, its very simple to adjust my work space to accommodate any size painting. That’s Sissie, one of our shelter rescue kitties, on the taboret! She’s supervising today. Have a wonderful evening. Hugs,

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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.

SD3614 Primary Colors of Mykonos 10x10 with tape

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.

 

SD3314 Singin' the Bluebonnets 10x10 with tape

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.

CLICK HERE to go to my auction for Cascade of Color.

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.

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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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