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Peaceful Valley

February 19, 2019

The entire surface of the terrace wall is painted with colors left over from the building. Then crevices between the stones are drawn into the wet paint with a thin mix of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. The last step is to add extra texture to the surface of the irregular rocks. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the pictures to view enlargements.

I use Grays made of Ivory Black + White for the lighter portions of our little tiger kitty’s coat; the stripes are pure Ivory Black. Combinations of White + a touch of Ultramarine Blue + a tiny bit of Cadmium Orange are used for the white on his paws, chest and face.

Long, white whiskers are drawn with a fine liner brush. The surrounding paint is still wet, allowing me to make smooth, crisp lines.

An Orange Sulphur Butterfly floats above the curious kitty’s head.

Geraniums made of Cadmium Red Deep + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Deep and Cadmium Red Light fill the terra cotta container by the door. The bright green leaves are mixtures of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow.

Matilija Poppies flow from the front of the canvas, over the edge and on to the side. The large blossoms are blocked in with White + Dioxazine Purple, White + Ultramarine Blue and White + Pthalo Blue. Pure White highlights will be added after the foliage and centers are painted. The leaf colors are worked around the flowers with mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White.

“Peaceful Valley”     16 inches x 16 inches

It’s a lazy day in the “Peaceful Valley” of Napa! I appreciate all of your kind comments and great questions! With a Happy Heart,Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

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Rock ‘n Tile Work

February 17, 2019

The walls of the old rock building are first covered in my basic adobe-color mix of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + a tiny bit of Pthalo Blue + White. Crevices between the individual stones are then indicated with lines etched into the wet paint using a mixture of MUD + Liquin. You may enlarge this, or any of the other images, just click on the picture.

The shadow portion of the door is made of Cadmium Red Deep + Alizarin Crimson. Pure Cadmium Red Light makes the the sunlit part gleam. Green vines in the background accentuate the bright red even more.

Trumpet Vine (Cadmium Red Light + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson and Cadmium Orange) cascades over the tile roof, casting long shadows across the door. The leaves are combinations of Ptahlo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium. A few strokes of Pthalo Blue + White are made here and there to bring coolness into the foliage.

After covering the entire surface of the floor to establish the light and shadows, the perspective lines separating the tiles are drawn into the wet paint with a fine brush dipped in MUD + Liquin. This is done freehand. Bracing against the mahl stick would limit the movement of my hand and arm, preventing me from making straight lines.

The painting is signed while the floor is still wet. Drawing my signature into the wet paint allows me to make the calligraphy smooth. If I were to wait until the surface was dry the lines would skip and hop over the bumpy paint underneath; wouldn’t look very good at all! Construction work is done, we’ll be planting in our next session. I’ll also paint that comfortable kitty! With Colorful Smiles,Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2019

 

 

Thank you for being a Member of my Team Senkarik Family!

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Westward Ho!

February 12, 2019

We’re headed out west, California to be exact! To pinpoint the location even further it’s the Napa Valley. This piece is for Gallery 1870 in Yountville. My basic composition is sketched up on the canvas and we’re ready to begin applying opaque Oil Paint. So come follow along…….

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Sky and Distant Hills

A burst of sunlight splashes across the valley in the distance. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to view them larger.

Evergreen trees line the hillside at the back of the vineyard directly below the terrace. The freshly plowed dirt between the rows of grape vines is blocked in first with mixes of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + a little more Ultramarine Blue + White. The rows are made bluer toward the back of the field, this makes them recede. Then the green vines are blocked in with several combinations, in various proportions, of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + Lemon Yellow + White.

Now that the foliage on the vines is blocked in, the posts supporting them are drawn into the wet paint of the dirt rows. My wrist is braced against the mahl stick, steadying my hand so I can make the lines straight.

The broad leaves illuminated by the sun are highlighted next.

The background scene is complete, we’ll begin construction work on the building and terrace 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.

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Autumn Market

February 11, 2019

 

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Sunflowers

Tica’s coat is first painted as if she is solid gray. Mixtures from the gravel road are used for her silky fur. Then her distinct markings are painted wet into wet with Ivory Black.

The final detail on our sweet kitty is to add her long, white whiskers. My wrist is braced against the mahl stick to steady my hand as I pull the fine lines. You may click on the image to see it larger.

Cosmos fill the container below the luscious berries. The blossoms are mixes of Permanent Rose + White, while the feathery foliage is made of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow + White.

Bright centers of the pretty pink flowers in the sunshine are Lemon Yellow. The ones in the shadows are a mix of Cadmium Yellow Medium + a touch of Cadmium Orange.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Racoon

The cute little Chipmunks are a treat to paint. Their reddish brown coat is MUD + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Red Light + a touch of Alizarin Crimson + White. Ivory Black is also used for the racing stripes down their backs! CLICK on the image for an enlargement.

“Autumn Market” 18 inches by 24 inches

Jeana loves going to the farmer’s market in the fall, now she’ll have her own “Autumn Market” that she can enjoy all year long. As you can see I have a lot of fun collaborating with my collectors. If you have a special dream idea you’d like me to capture on canvas for you please feel free to contact me in the comments section! I appreciate you following my blog and THANK YOU for all of your wonderful comments! With Colorful Smile and Big Hugs,Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

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Fruit Stand

February 9, 2019

The gravel road is painted with mixtures of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + White. More Blue is added into the mixes for the portion of the road behind the Racoon, the cooler colors recede. The foreground colors are made warmer by mixing more Cadmium Orange into the paint combinations. A shaft of light spills across the road, spotlighting the mischievous Racoon and Chipmunks.

The inside of the pumpkin fragment is painted with White + Cadmium Orange + a touch of MUD + a little bit of Cadmium Yellow Medium.

A special color, Pthalo Turquoise Blue is used for the Fruit Stand. White is added into all of these mixtures; less for the darker ones, more White in the lightest. The darkest shade, on the underneath of the roof, has a bit of MUD worked into the paint.

The entire surface of the tin roof is covered first with White + MUD + a tiny touch of Cadmium Orange + some Ultramarine Blue. Then corrugations are drawn into the wet paint with a brush dipped in a mix of MUD + Liquin.

  VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Chili Pepper Ristras

What’s better than huge Heirloom Tomatoes picked fresh from the plant that very morning? When we discovered them at a Farmer’s Market, Jack and I would buy several. Then eat them right there, just like apples. We’d laugh as we wiped the delicious juices off each other’s chin!

Fresh Blackberries and Blueberries, YUMM! My mouth is watering already.

Indian Corn fills the basket by Tica and the corner of the bin below, next to sweet Bell Peppers. Color left over from the fall foliage is used to paint the multicolored ears. If you’d like a closer view, just click on the image to see an enlargement.

Native Apples and more Chiles overflow from containers at the base of our little Fruit Stand. That’s all for this session, hope you’ll come back for the next one. I’ll have video demonstrations as I paint the Sunflowers and that little rascal, the Racoon! 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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Fall Foliage

February 6, 2019

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Background Trees

The Birch Trunks are first painted as if they are solid White, notice the top part of the tree I’m working on. After the light and shadow pattern is established I go back with a mixture of MUD + Liquin to add the distinctive dark spots on the trunks. MUD is a combination of 2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson. If you would like to learn more about our Double Primary Color Mixing System that Jack developed, CLICK HERE.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the golden foliage of the Aspen Trees

The golden leaves of the Birch Trees glow against the rich reds, rusts and oranges of the fall foliage in back of them.

Bales of hay are painted with several mixes, in different proportions, of White + MUD + Cadmium Orange + a touch of Ultramarine Blue. Two curious Doves perch on top of a pumpkin to watch the racoon and chipmunks who are definitely up to no good!

The old, broken wagon wheel is made with darker shades of the same color combinations I used for the Hay! The pumpkins are mixes of Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson + MUD, Cadmium Orange + MUD and Cadmium Orange + MUD + White.

You can see from this stage of the painting that I’ve been “Painting FORWARD”. That means the most distant portions of the composition are painted first, in this case the trees and hill in the background. Then the left side of the foreground, which is farthest away from the viewer was completed next. In our next session we’ll begin working on the fruit stand in the front! Hope you’ll come follow along. I appreciate all of your wonderful comments! Hugs, Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

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Cute Critters

February 4, 2019

Starting on another commission today. My collector, Jeana, always has some cool ideas. She sent me this beautiful fall scene.

Then asked me to add a small farmer’s market in the foreground. Several years ago Jack and I took this picture of “Sopin’s Fruit Stand” near Taos, New Mexico which will be perfect.

Here’s my pen and ink sketch. We’ll be making a few changes, the major one being to include some different members of Jeana’s fur baby family. Since I recently painted her dog “Looka” in “A Sense of Peace” she decided to take him out of this composition and we will add her newest kitty, “Tica”. CLICK HERE to see “A Sense of Peace”!

I begin sketching the basic plan on the canvas with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. You can see my exploratory sketch lines. The blue tape arrow at the top of the canvas indicates the center of the 24 inch wide canvas. I don’t want the roof of the fruit stand to end at the middle. It either needs to extend beyond that central point or be shorter. After trying different options I decide the shortened roof gives the painting better balance.

“Tica” nestles up on the ledge of the fruit stand, next to a basket filled with multicolored Maize or Indian Corn.

Jeana is fascinated by Chipmunks, so let’s have a couple picking up morsels on the ground below.

An old, broken wagon wheel leans up against the trunk of one of the birch trees. It will be surrounded by hay bales, pumpkins and gourds.

Chili ristras and the heart-shaped wreath are washed in with a thin mix of Alizarin Crimson + Liquin. With a clean brush I then come back and pull off some of the color, shaping the individual peppers. To see this better just click on the image for an enlargement.

A racoon has broken one of the pumpkins, providing a tasty snack for himself and his Chipmunk friends. Notice Tica, the kitty. I’ve wiped out her head because it needs to be turned more for her to keep an eye on all of the shenanigans going on below.

Now, let’s turn that pretty kitty’s head!

A couple of white doves survey the scene from a safe distance, back by the wagon wheel. You may have to enlarge the picture to see them, just click the image. WHEW! Getting all those cute critters in there is complicated, it’s taken almost 3 days to get them sketched up. We’ll start painting 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.

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Compadres

January 31, 2019

Let’s get these boots painted! Mixtures of Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) are used for the shadows. The sunlit portion is Cadmium Yellow Medium, while highlights are made of Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Lemon Yellow. The leaves of the Sweet Potato Vine cast heart shaped shadows, bringing a touch of romance to the piece! Please remember, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

I paint carefully around the sketch of the hummingbird hovering in front of the right boot.

   VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Hummingbird!

Deep Orange Nasturtiums cascade down the side of the boot behind the Hummingbird. The blossoms are blocked in first with shades of Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson and pure Cadmium Orange. Then the round leaves are painted with various mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + a touch of Cadmium Orange + White.

The shadows of the white Pansies are painted with White + Ultramarine Blue, White + Dioxazine Purple and White + Pthalo Blue.

Highlights are added with Pure White, then the distinctive centers of the Pansies are made with Dioxazine Purple.

My faithful old friends gain a second life as planters, overflowing with beautiful Angelonia, Pansies, Nasturtiums and Sweet Potato Vine. I don’t know about you but the three Hummingbird “Compadres”, attracted by the Magenta Angelonia flowers, bring smiles to my soul! Thank you for following along, I really appreciate all of your kind comments! HUGS,Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

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Hummers and Angelonia

January 28, 2019

The oil wash on the flowers is now dry so the wall in the background is painted carefully around them. Several mixes of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + a little Cadmium Yellow Medium + White are used to make the adobe color.

Next I begin work on the Hummingbird at the upper right. By working wet-into-wet I’m able to keep the edges of his quickly moving wings soft. Notice the shadow he casts on the wall. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

A second Hummer joins the first and now we’re ready to paint the Angelonia these two are sipping nectar from! Come watch the VIDEO!

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Magenta Angelonia Flowers

 

Sunlight pours across the Satillo Tile floor from the upper right. A few strokes of Ultramarine Blue + White are added at the back of the floor, at the base of the wall, to make it recede. Perspective lines are dragged into the wet paint of the floor with a fine brush dipped in a thin mix of MUD + Liquin.

The canvas, still attached to the cardboard backing, is taken off the easel and placed on my taboret. By putting the unit at an angle on a small basket, I can paint the lower edge of the gallery wrapped canvas. The upper edge of the backing cardboard is braced against the wall so the canvas doesn’t move or fall.

The heart shaped leaves of a Sweet Potato Vine tumble out from underneath the Angelonia. Thanks for visiting the studio today, hope you’ll come back soon! HUGS,Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

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