Archive for the ‘Original Oil Paintings’ Category

The Ligurian Sea

May 18, 2016

SE1416 Step 14

The mountains of the Italian coast are made with muted, cool colors. Several mixes of Ultramarine Blue + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + a tiny bit of Lemon Yellow + White. Colors remaining from the clouds are used to paint the distant town of Monterosso al Mare, one of the five villages of Cinque Terre. Please remember, as you read through my blog you can enlarge this or any of the other images by clicking on the picture.

SE1416 Step 15

Here are the recipes for the ocean. #1. Ptahlo Blue + a little Ultramarine Blue + White. #2. A darker shade of mix #1. #3. Ultramarine Blue + White. #4. Three mixes in different proportions of Ultramarine Blue + MUD + White.

SE1416 Step 16

The Ligurian Sea is an arm of the Mediterranean Sea between the Italian Riviera and the island of Corsica. This body of water is most likely named after the ancient Ligures people. The three shades of Mix #4, which are more muted, are used for the water farthest away. Painting forward I use #1 and #2. The darker mix, #3, is used directly under the distant mountains to give the impression of reflections.

SE1416 Step 17

The tower of Castello Doria is painted while the background is wet. I brace against the mahl stick to steady my hand.

SE1416 Step 18

The color of the Ligurian Sea becomes brighter and more intense as we move closer to the foreground. The closest water is made with mixes of  Pthalo Turquoise Blue + White. This beautiful color is manufactured by REMBRANDT Oil Paint.

SE1416 Step 19

I’ve started blocking in the rocky promontory that supports the ancient castle. Then the beach below is roughly covered. Swirls of surf, rolling up on the beach are painted into the wet sand.

SE1416 Step 20

Now the Ligurian Sea is complete you can see how following the simple rule of Muted Colors Go Back, Intense Colors Come Forward, works to give the impression of depth. Thanks for following along today! Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

http://www.senkarik.com

Blue Sky, Soft Clouds

May 14, 2016

SE1416 Step 6

The sky is painted first because it is the source of light for our piece. My mixes are #1. White + a bit of Pthalo Blue. #2. White + Pthalo Blue + a little Cobalt Blue. #3. White + Cobalt Blue. Cobalt Blue is not normally on my palette but it is perfect for skies. If you would like to know more about our Double Primary Color Mixing System CLICK HERE.

SE1416 Step 7

Since the sun is shining into our scene from the left, the sky to the far right is darker. Therefore it is blocked in with Mix #3. Working toward the left I use Mixture #2 in the central portion of the sky.

SE1416 Step 8

The sky at the far left of the painting is made lighter with Mixture #1.

SE1416 Step 9

Here are my cloud mixtures. #1. White + a touch of Ultramarine Blue + a tiny bit of Cadmium Orange. #2. White + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + a little extra Ultramarine Blue. #3. White + MUD + Ultramarine Blue.

VIDEO. Painting the fluffy clouds into the blue sky. Working wet-into-wet allows me to make the edges of the clouds soft and feathery.

SE1416 Step 10

I pull the horizon line of the ocean while the sky is still wet. A mix of Ultramarine Blue + a little MUD + White is used for the most distant edge of the Mediterranean.

SE1416 Step 11

Then a zig-zag is squiggled along the entire length of the horizon line with a small Bright (square) brush. You can click on the image to see it larger.

SE1416 Step 12

A larger Bright brush is dragged along the zig zag, smoothing it out. This makes the horizon line soft and blurry so it will recede. Would you like to know about the brushes I use? Just CLICK HERE to learn more.

SE1416 Step 13

The top edge of the far mountains is drawn into the wet sky, completing our work for today. Have a great evening! Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

http://www.senkarik.com

Let’s Go To…….

May 12, 2016

IMG_0018

Cinque Terre, a string of centuries old, seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. In each of the 5 towns, colorful houses and ancient vineyards cling to steep terraces as fishing boats bob in the harbors below. My collectors sent me a picture they’d taken of Vernazza, hoping I could capture memories of their vacation on canvas.

SC1513 Romantic Reflections 38x48

Debbie wanted to include lots of colorful flowers but wasn’t exactly certain how. I love the high viewpoint of the photo, looking down on Vernazza. So I suggested a terrace in the foreground, similar to the one in the piece above. Debbie and Jim really liked the idea, but after much contemplation decided to eliminate the table and chairs.

Sketch - Hunter

Here is my sketch!

SE1416 Step 2

The piece will be painted around the edges of a gallery wrapped canvas measuring 34 inches by 42 inches. The horizon line and wall of the foreground terrace are drawn first. I’ve attached the canvas to a piece of double ply cardboard so it will be easier to handle when it is wet. Want to know how I did that? Just CLICK HERE to find out.

SE1416 Step 3

Next I begin establishing the distant landscape. The basic elements are sketched on the canvas with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

SE1416 Step 4

The general shapes of the flowers on the foreground terrace are now indicated.

SE1416 Step 5

My “Road Map” is ready. The simple sketch will keep me going in the right direction as I work on the painting. I’ll begin applying paint in our next session. Hope you’ll come watch. If you would like to receive an email every time I publish a new post you can 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!

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

http://www.senkarik.com

A Glimpse of Arenal

May 8, 2016

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 29

The curved pathway is covered entirely in thick juicy brushstrokes, establishing the light and shadow patterns.

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 30

A fine liner brush dipped in a mix of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin is used to draw the lines separating the irregular pavers into the wet paint of the walk. The curved perspective lines are drawn first, followed by the horizontal cracks between the individual tiles. You can click on the image to see this larger.

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 31

The canvas is taken off the easel to finish the bottom edge. Having the painting mounted to cardboard helps in handling the wet canvas. Would you like to see how I attach the canvas to the double ply cardboard? Just CLICK HERE to find out.

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 32

White Orchids grow behind the Pagoda. Since the flowers float above the foliage I paint the leaves first. Then the White of the exotic blossoms is gently “Laid” on top of the wet background.

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 34

Magenta centers and curly stems finish out the Orchids. The water in the small pond is first painted, then work begins on the Pagoda. The color of the legs is “Pulled Down” into the water to give the impression of reflections.

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal 14x14A Glimpse of Arenal     14 inches by 14 inches

A few Water Lilies float on the surface of the pond and we’re………DONE! As soon as A Glimpse of Arenal is dry enough to ship the surprise painting will be off to Jeana’s sister. I appreciate you following along and all of your kind comments. Keep coming back! Big Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

http://www.senkarik.com

A Lucky Kitty

May 6, 2016

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 22

Dutch Irises fill the planter at the base of the left column. The flowers are blocked in first with mixes of Dioxazine Purple + Magenta + White.

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 23

The foliage of the Irises is then painted. Since they will show through the slats of the bench I go ahead and cover the area entirely. Ivory Black is used for the Oriental Bench. My left hand rests on the unpainted part of the canvas; offering a steady support for my right as I delineate the details of the back. The Black slats are dragged over the wet paint of the flowers behind.

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 24

Highlights are added to the bench with a mixture of Ultramarine Blue + White.

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 25

Red-Orange Daisies nestle of the foot of the Bench. They are blocked in following the same sequence as the Irises: Flowers First, Leaves Last.

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 26

When the foliage is complete the yellow centers of the Daisies are added.

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 27

Now for the “Lucky Cat”. His body is made of White + Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange and White + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson). Pure White is used for the highlights on his face, paw and right shoulder. A fine liner brush dipped in Cadmium Red Deep is used to paint the interior of his ears.

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 28

Our little feline is finished, he’ll be ready to bring Jeana’s sister good fortune as soon as I get the rest of the piece done! If you’d like to see this or any of the other images enlarged just click on the pictures. Have a wonderful day. Big Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

http://www.senkarik.com

 

Sakura Cherry Blossoms

May 4, 2016

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 10

The soft pink blossoms of the Sakura Cherry Tree are blocked in with mixes of Alizarin Crimson + Magenta + White and several shades of Alizarin Crimson + White.

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 11

The gnarled, knobby truck is fun to paint! You can see how the image extends onto the side of the gallery wrapped canvas.

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 12

Highlights on the delicate petals of the Cherry Blossoms are indicated with a mix of White + Alizarin Crimson. The corner of my small Bright (Square) brush is used to make the thick, textured brushstrokes. You may click on this or any of the other pictures to see them larger.

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 13

The roof of the arch is a grey-green that will make the red of the columns appear brighter. I’ve used mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + MUD (Alizarin Crimson + Ultramarine Blue) + White.

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 15

I made the distant peak of Arenal more blue or cooler. It was a little too warm and wasn’t receding into the background. This follows a simple rule to give the impression of depth in a painting: Cool Colors Go Back, Warm Colors Come Forward. The long fronds of the palms are painted directly over the wet mountain.

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 16

Heart shaped leaves of Ivy cascade from the trunk of the Cherry Blossom Tree.

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 17

Mixes of Cadmium Red Deep + Magenta, Cadmium Red Deep and Cadmium Red Medium are used for the arch.

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 18

The red of the arch is more muted than the bright plumage of the Male Cardinal so he will stand out!

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 19

The frames, as well as the light and shadow patterns on the panels that will bear the Japanese characters are blocked in first.

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 20

The calligraphy is then drawn into the wet background with a fine liner brush dipped in Ivory Black.

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 21

The symbols on the panels stand for HOPE, FAITH and LOVE. That’s it for this session. Thank you for following along today. Big Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

http://www.senkarik.com

 

A Couple of Cardinals

May 3, 2016

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 5

Like always I begin with the sky. The sun comes in from the upper left, therefore the sky on that side is a bit lighter. The lightest portion is painted with a mix of White + Pthalo Blue + a tiny touch of Lemon Yellow. Moving to the right a slightly darker mixture of White + Pthalo Blue is used. The darkest part of the sky on the far right is a combination of Cobalt Blue + White.

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 6

Now work starts on the female cardinal perched on top of the arch. I want to paint both of the birds wet-into-wet over the background, that way I can soften the edges of the feathers. I’m making them a tiny bit larger than life size since they are an important element in the painting.

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 7

The distant peak of Arenal is blocked in with cool blues and greens.

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 8

The male cardinal is coming in for a landing on one of the pilings supporting the arch. Mixtures of Cadmium Red Deep + Magenta make up the shadow part of his body.

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 9

I let the end of Mr. Chipper’s feathers blur into the mountain far behind to give the impression of movement. The highlight on his bright red body is pure Cadmium Red Light. If you would like to see the image larger just click on the picture! That’s all for today. I appreciate you visiting our studio. HUGS,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

http://www.senkarik.com

A Combination of Cultures

May 1, 2016

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 1

Another commission. This is a special piece, we are combining cultures. The setting is in Costa Rica with the volcano Arenal in the background. It’s a gift for Jeana’s sister who really likes all things Oriental, so we’ve incorporated several Far Eastern elements into the design. You can click on this or any of the other images to see them larger.

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 2

Since the Arch is going to frame the volcano in the distance it is drawn first. Then I sketch in some of the other foreground elements with a brush dipped in a thin mix of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 3

The Oriental bench is a fun change from the Southwestern styles that I usually have in my paintings.

SD1316 A Glimpse of Arenal Step 4

A pink Sakura Cherry Tree provides cool shade for anyone sitting on the bench. The outline of Arenal and the palms in the background are indicated. We’ll start applying color in our next session, hope you’ll come watch. If you would like to receive an email every time I publish a new post you can 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!

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

http://www.senkarik.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast for Two

April 28, 2016

 

VIDEO! Painting the Philodendrons.

VIDEO! Blocking in the Geraniums following my usual sequence, Flowers First, Leaves Last.

VIDEO! Adding the final touches to the Geraniums.

SD1216 Step 36

The Red Geraniums offer a nice contrast juxtaposed by the white shutters and yellow walls.

SD1216 Step 37

My colors are mixed for the White Daisies in the lower left corner. The recipes are as follows…..#1. White + Ultramarine Blue. #2. Two shades of White + Dioxazine Purple. #3. White + Pthalo Blue. #4. Pure White. #5. White + Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow. #6. Three mixes in different proportions of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. #7. Pthalo Blue + White.

SD1216 Step 38

The shadow colors of the white flowers are blocked in first with mixes #1, #2 and #3. Please remember, you can click on any of the pictures to see them larger.

SD1216 Step 39

Next the foliage is painted. I work the greens around the masses of white, giving shape to the flowers.

SD1216 Step 40

One of the most fun parts of painting Daisies is adding the centers and crisp White highlights. Instantly the flowers seem to come alive, dancing and bobbing in the breeze!

SD1216 Step 41

Lilies are another of my favorites. The yellow mass was painted with mixes of Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Orange + a touch of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson), Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Orange and Cadmium Yellow Medium + Lemon Yellow. The leaves are made with greens left over from the White Daisies. I just added a bit of Lemon Yellow to all of the mixes.

SD1216 Step 42

The deep centers are indicated with a combination of Magenta + Liquin.

SD1216 Step 43

The same greens are used for the broad leaves of the Canna Lilies.

SD1216 Step 44

Magenta + Dioxazine Purple Petunias are planted in the terra cotta pot next to the Lilies. Since they are complimentary colors, Yellow and Purple, each appears brighter.

SD1216 Breakfast for Two 24x30Breakfast for Two         24 inches tall by 30 inches wide

Silver Ponyfoot Vine spills out from the Petunia container. AND…..we’re finished! The sun dappled terrace overlooking the Amalfi Coast provides a delightful spot for an enchanting Breakfast for Two. It’s been fun having you visit our studio to follow my painting process; hope you’ll come back soon. BIG HUGS,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

http://www.senkarik.com

Fresh Fruit and Wicker Chairs

April 25, 2016

SD1216 Step 30

Now…..let’s get to the fruit basket by the vase of Roses. The red grapes were first blocked in with thin mixes of Alizarin Crimson + Liquin. Next work begins on the bananas. Please remember as you go through my blog, you may enlarge the images by clicking on them.

SD1216 Step 31

Adding highlights and the reflected light along the lower edge of the individual grapes makes them appear round.

SD1216 Step 32

Moving to the wicker chairs the dappled light pattern on the back is established first.

SD1216 Step 33

I come back with a small Bright (square) brush and use thick brushstrokes in a lighter value to indicate the texture of the woven wicker.

SD1216 Step 34

“Painting Forward” I begin blocking in the fresh white tablecloth that drapes over the Bistro table.

SD1216 Step 35

Thick, fluffy Ultramarine Blue cushions issue an invitation to plop down in the wicker chairs. The combination of Blue and Yellow looks so happy. I’m really glad Stan and Lonnie changed from the wrought iron chairs to the wicker. They look so crisp with the yellow building and white shutters. We’ll be planting in our next session. Grab your gardening gloves and come help! BIG HUGS,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

http://www.senkarik.com