Painting the Water and Rocks

March 26, 2018

Sunlight dances over the tree tops on the river bank, illuminating the tips of the tall feathery grass. My square, Bright brush is turned sideways to make the thin, upright strokes.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Water and Reflections


The river is complete, now to paint the lower edge of the gallery wrap canvas. Please keep in mind as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

The canvas is attached to cardboard, making it much easier to handle the wet painting. Would you like to see how that was done? If so, CLICK HERE.   The entire unit is placed upside down on an office chair, then wheeled next to my palette. Using paint from the rocks and water on the front of the canvas, I continue the design on to the bottom.

The splashing water is painted with mixes of White + Ultramarine Blue.

We’re done for today, all we have left to do is the spirited white horses! I’ve saved them for our next session, I do hope you’ll come follow along. With Warm Texas Hugs,




Sky, Mountains and Fall Aspen

March 23, 2018



After completing the sky the most distant mountains are painted with a mix of White + Ultramarine Blue + a touch of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson). Stepping forward the next ridge is made with darker shades of the same combination that has a bit more MUD added.

My mixes for the tree covered slope directly behind the river are: #1. Pthalo Blue + a touch of White. #2 . Ultramarine Blue + White. #3. Four combinations in different proportions of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White.

The cooler mixes of #3, those with more Pthalo Blue, are used for the portion of the slope in the distance. The warmer mixes make up the trees closer to the foreground. Streams of light spill down the mountain side, illuminating the tops of the tall pines. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

The large Fir Tree by the river is painted with darker mixes of Pthalo Blue + a little Cadmium Orange + a touch of White. Bracing against the mahl stick steadies my hand as I draw the trunk with a mixture of MUD + Cadmium Orange.

It’s fun to paint fall landscapes. Trees lining the distant river bank are various combinations of Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Light, Alizarin Crimson + MUD + White, Alizarin Crimson + White and Cadmium Red Light + Cadmium Orange. The corner of the Bright (square) brush is used to form the details of the leaves.


How’s that for a blast of fall color? I can just feel the crispness in the air. We’ll work on the rocks and water in our next session! Come watch! With Colorful Smiles and Hugs,

Starting Up!

March 21, 2018


Today I’m starting on a new painting based on the piece above. My collector essentially would like the same composition but going in the opposite direction. It will also be a different size in order to hang with other Senkarik my collector will be putting in his office.

“Breathtaking Exuberance” will be the companion to the new painting. You can see why we are going to flip the original design.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Starting to sketch the basic plan on the canvas.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Sketching the first horse with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

Work continues on the second horse.

I purposely make the white horses’ legs dark, this will enable them to been seen in the splashing water.

The oil sketch is complete, we’ll begin applying opaque color 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!

An Amazing Garden

March 19, 2018


I decided to take a few days off to enjoy our beautiful spring here in Texas. A dear friend of Jack’s and mine, Angel Ann, joined me. But I wasn’t goofing off entirely, took lots of photos. Everywhere I looked filled my heart with ideas for new paintings.

Tyler, a small town in the eastern part of our state holds an annual festival to celebrate the Azaleas that bloom in abundance there. Gardens were dotted with Southern belles, we felt like we were back in the days of Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone With the Wind”.

Ann had visited Tyler last year on March 11. This is one of her pictures of the Azaleas in full bloom, the color was amazing.


This year spring is springing a bit later, we never know God’s time table. Here is the same Wisteria pergola you saw in the previous picture. Azaleas are heavy with buds but no colorful blooms yet. Give them a couple more weeks and their brilliance will be awesome. But we didn’t mind at all, the gardens were still beautiful.

One of the owners in this particular neighborhood allowed the public to tour their private garden. What a joy. Ann and I fell in love with their quaint greenhouse.

Oh my, it was filled with Orchids from all over the world! What a treat for us, we both really appreciate all of the tender loving care it takes to nurture these exotic blooms.

A soothing fountain bubbles serenely in front of the greenhouse.

I couldn’t resist this unusual planter and grouping of plants.

We had to laugh at the cute little puppy in this sculpture. You may have to enlarge the picture to see him in the basket. Just Click on the image. What a fun garden piece!

And wouldn’t it be fun to have a dinner party on the terraces under the umbrellas?

Another beautiful Southern Belle gracing the garden! I can’t even imagine trying to wear one of those hoop dresses. But in talking with her we found this is a girl after my own heart, she was wearing tennis shoes under that fancy dress! It was such a delight to tour the beautiful gardens in Tyler. It didn’t matter that the Azalea Blossoms were late to the party. We had a fabulous time anyway! So that’s what I’ve been up to the last few days. Will be starting another painting in our next session. Hope you’ll come follow along. With Colorful Smiles and Hugs,



A Quiet Conversation

March 13, 2018

The Southwestern style bench is painted with mixes of Pthalo Turquoise Blue + White. The darkest mix has just a touch of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) added in. Shadows are painted first, then the sunlit portions.

It’s fun to make the little details that say, “Hey, this is Santa Fe!” Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

The blossoms of the Petunias are blocked in with combinations of Permanent Rose + White, Permanent Rose + Cadmium Red Light + White, Cadmium Red Light and Cadmium Orange.

The Petunia’s bright green leaves are various mixes of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow.

Sunlight illuminates the cacti in the stone planter directly behind the front portion of the burro, accentuating his head and neck.


A blue and white striped blanket provides padding for the burro’s heavy load of golden Sunflowers.

Like the Petunias, the Sunflowers are blocked in FLOWERS FIRST, LEAVES LAST. Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD, Cadmium Yellow Medium and Cadmium Yellow Medium + Lemon Yellow are used.

Leaves are mixtures of Ultramarine Blue + Lemon Yellow. This makes a duller, warmer green than the Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow combination used for the Petunias.

Large centers are painted directly over the yellow with a thin mix of MUD + Liquin. Some of the yellow is picked up when the dark is pulled over it, bringing additional interest to the sunny “face” of the flower.

My attention is now turned to the Rooster. I have to laugh as I paint his beak. Jack always called birds’ beaks their NOSE! So here I’m painting the NOSE of the colorful little fella.

A Quiet Conversation          19″ x 19″

Looks like our two friends are having “A Quiet Conversation” by this charming Santa Fe entryway! I’d like to say THANK YOU to my collectors, Suzanne and Mick, for allowing me the fun of working on this piece. And, to all of you, I appreciate your questions and comments. BIG HUGS,

A Little Something to Inspire You!

March 12, 2018


VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Red Door

Window is in and Red Door installed. Now, let’s get to work laying some tile.

The first step on painting the Satillo Tile floor is to establish the shadows streaming across the surface. Mixes of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + a touch of Cadmium Red Light + White are used. A few strokes of White + Ultramarine Blue are made near the far edge of the floor to make it recede.

Now the light spilling through the courtyard is painted. More White is added to the floor mixtures for the lighter portions. I work very carefully around the feet of the Rooster and Burro’s hooves in order to preserve my original sketch.

Perspective lines are drawn into the wet paint with a fine liner brush. I can’t use the mahl stick here because it would limit my range of motion; preventing me from making straight lines.

Horizontal lines separating the tiles are now drawn. You may click on the image to see it larger.

The final touch to the floor is to highlight the edges of the individual pavers. The highlights on the tiles closest to the building are made cooler, or bluer, so they will go back. The edges of the sunlit ones nearest the viewer are pure white, this makes them come forward.

We’re moving right along. Thank you for visiting my studio today, I hope you’ll come back soon.

But……before I go today I want to share this video with you. It’s an amazing and inspirational love story. If you ever think there is something you can’t face or do, THINK AGAIN! With Colorful Smiles and Big Hugs,

Trumpet Vine and Shadows

March 10, 2018


VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Trumpet Vine

The adobe color is mixtures in various proportions of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + a tiny touch of Pthalo Blue + White. More MUD is added into the darker mixes. A little bit of the red from the ristra, or strand of chilies, is pulled into its shadow. This is because the color of the peppers reflects into the shadow they cast. You may click on the picture, enlarging it to see this more clearly.

The shadow of the lantern over the door falls on the jamb. Over the years Jack and I have studied shadows, taking lots of reference pictures. It’s fun observing how shadows of objects dance across different surfaces.

Now the shadows of the vigas, the beams protruding from the adobe wall, are made.

The quirky little lantern adds a distinctly Southwestern touch to the doorway.

WHEW! Got all the basic construction work done on the building. Just think, what would take months in real life we can do in just one session in a painting! We’ll put in the window, hang the door and lay tile in our next session. Hope to see you then! With Smiles and Hugs,

Santa Fe + Burro + Rooster

March 8, 2018

My newest collaboration combines some of my favorite subjects: Santa Fe architecture, burros and roosters! I’m using this quaint adobe building as the basis for my sketch.

I’ve changed the angle of the structure just a bit, added a bench, lots of flowers, a chili ristra, a Rooster and the Burro, laden with Sunflowers. You may click on this or any of the other pictures to view them larger.

Let’s get to work on the canvas. First the basic plan of the adobe casita is drawn up with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

A T-square, balanced on the top edge of the canvas, provides a guide in drawing the upright posts of the bench.

The silhouette of the burro is washed in with the mix of MUD + Liquin. This helps me to establish the proportions and conformation of the animal.

After making certain his basic shape is correct, I come back and refine the anatomy. Notice how this fella’s face is divided into 4 parts. This helps to get the eyes, nostrils and bony protuberances on his head all in the right positions. 

I especially like the unusual light fixture over the door. Southwestern architecture is really fun to paint with all of its quirky details.

Our feisty Rooster has flown into the picture and we’re all ready to begin painting. Hope you’ll come back and 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!


March 7, 2018

I have the distinct feeling Jack is VERY HAPPY and smiling down from Heaven. Over the years we often remarked that we have wonderful collectors. Well…. You’ve outdone yourselves this time, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are the most AWESOME collectors in the world. The auction to honor “Our Jack White” exceeded all of my expectations. When the bidding war was over and the dust settled, a lucky collector won “Jack’s Place” for $4,100. WOW! The eBay and PayPal fees were $529.70. We, TEAM SENKARIK-WHITE, are going to be able to donate $3,570.30 to start the JACK WHITE CHARACTER SCHOLARSHIP FUND for a deserving student in the Fine Arts Program at Howard Payne University, Jack’s Alma Mater. Plus we’ve had several direct donations. YIPPEE!!!! Please accept my sincere THANK YOU for being on Team Senkarik-White and giving us the opportunity to continue Jack’s legacy of helping artists learn how to earn a living making their art.

NOW…..Many of you asked that I please offer Hand Embellished Limited Original giclees of “Jack’s Place”. So here is what I’m going to do. Two sizes of my Limited Originals of “Jack’s Place” are now available for you to purchase. I will donate 50% of the proceeds to the JACK WHITE CHARACTER SCHOLARSHIP FUND. Each size comes framed in our Senkarik-White Signature Frame, ready to hang on your wall.

The first size is 18 inches tall by 24 inches wide. With the frame the outside dimension is 24 inches by 30 inches and the price is $990 + FedEX Ground shipping. CLICK HERE TO ORDER the 18″ x 24″.

Your second option of a Hand Embellished Limited Original of “Jack’s Place” is the same size as the original painting, 24 inches tall by 30 inches wide. The outer measurement of the frame is 30 inches by 36 inches. This size is priced at $1,990 + FedEX Ground shipping. TO ORDER the 24″ x 30″ CLICK HERE.

The Limited Originals of “Jack’s Place” are done on a custom basis, just like my commissioned original oil paintings. It usually takes about 3 weeks to get the giclees from my printer, then I frame and individually embellish each piece with oil paint. I’ll keep you updated as to the progress on your special Limited Original.

And….If you don’t want to purchase a Limited Original of “Jack’s Place” but would like to give a tax deductible donation directly to the JACK WHITE CHARACTER SCHOLARSHIP Fund CLICK HERE.

I’m completely overwhelmed, thank you so very much for all of your support in honoring “Our Jack”. With Heartfelt Appreciation,

Wrapped Up In White

March 5, 2018

Snow snuggles in the crevices between individual peppers in the long strings of Chilis. The hot, red peppers are painted with mixes of Cadmium Red Deep, Cadmium Red Deep + Alizarin Crimson, and Cadmium Red Deep + Cadmium Red Light. Highlights are made with a fine liner brush dipped in a mix of Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Light + White.

The thin, blade shaped leaves of the yucca are pulled into the wet paint of the Cobalt Blue door. You may click on the image to see it larger.

Red Orange flowers made of Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Red Light and Cadmium Orange dip into the snow below the rock planter.


Ivory Black is used for Samantha’s sleek coat. A bit of White is added into the Ivory Black for the shiny highlights. Paint mixtures remaining from the terra cotta containers are perfect for the brown markings on her legs and face.

Jeana’s sweet Samantha is “Wrapped Up In White”! BRRRRR, bet her little tootsies are cold!

“Jack’s Place”

Before I go I want to remind you that the eBay auction to Honor “Our Jack” ends tomorrow on his birthday, Tuesday March 6th at 8PM Texas (Central) Time. As a special remembrance, help me to celebrate Jack’s legacy of generosity.

I’m going to donate the ENTIRE PROCEEDS of this auction, less eBay and PayPal fees, to the JACK WHITE CHARACTER SCHOLARSHIP. The Scholarship will provide financial assistance to further a deserving student’s education in Fine Art at Howard Payne University, Jack’s Alma Mater.

CLICK HERE to go directly to the eBay Auction

I’m with Alicia Landry and Jack next to his portrait of Dallas Cowboys’ Head Coach Tom Landry

Thank you to everyone for your kind words about Jack and the many wonderful stories of how he touched your lives. Words can’t even begin to express my heartfelt appreciation for your help in honoring “Our Jack White”. With BIG HUGS,