That Snoozin’ Kitty

May 5, 2017

After painting the steps the floor is blocked in entirely, establishing the light and shadow pattern on the tile. Then curved perspective lines are dragged into the wet paint of the pavers with a fine liner brush. Notice how the curved base line of the wall is extended all the way to the steps. This line serves as a guide for the others as I move to the left.

Horizontal lines separating the individual tiles are drawn next.

In case you haven’t realized it yet, I just love blue ceramic flower pots!

The Red Door reflects into the side of this one.

Geraniums made of combinations of Cadmium Red Deep + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Deep and Cadmium Red Light fill the containers. The sunlit petals are highlighted with Cadmium Red Light + White.

Now for that sweet little, snoozin’ baby! PLEEZZZEEE don’t tell Molly and Sissie this, but I love tiger kitties! I think one of the reasons is they are so fun to paint.

My laptop is placed on the taboret next to my easel, making it easy to view my reference photos. You may enlarge the image by clicking on the picture if you’d like to see my painting setup in more detail.

Molly is taking a nap right along with those cuties on the computer!

My wrist is braced against the mahl stick so my hand is steady as I add the final details on this sweetie’s face.

WHEW! I think I’m ready to take a nap now! It’s tough working when everyone around you is sound asleep! With HUGS and COLORFUL SMILES!

Architectural Detailing

May 4, 2017

Now that the distant landscape is finished the adobe buildings are blocked in with mixes of Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White.

A flower design is carved into the wet paint of the beam over the, soon to be, Red Door.

The Shell shaped topping over the window is now constructed.  As when delineating the carving over the door, my wrist is braced against the mahl stick to steady my hand. I know this sounds ridiculous but holding the brush at the far end of the long handle gives you better control. If you hold the brush close to the ferrule any jiggle you make transfers to the line you are drawing. Holding it at the tail of the handle reduces any shakes.

With a little carving at the top of the trim on each side of the window this painting is going to have a real feeling of Santa Fe. You may click on the image to enlarge the picture in order to see the designs better.

Trumpet Vine cascades over the shell topped window. Notice how the trunk extends on to the side of the gallery wrap canvas. 

Wisteria embraces the Red Door. Its soft blooms are made with mixes of Dioxazine Purple + White while the foliage is combinations of Viridian Green + Cadmium Yellow Deep + White. I appreciate you following along today. Hope to see you again soon. With HUGS and COLORFUL SMILES!


Away to Santa Fe

May 2, 2017

This painting is going to our gallery in New Mexico, Santa Fe Art Collector. One thing I love about Santa Fe is even mundane mailboxes are bright and cheery. The piece is composed around a trio of Turquoise ones! I decided it would be fun to have a little kitty sleeping on the window sill on the opposite side of the courtyard. Here’s my quick sketch, if this were for a commission I’d do a more finished drawing. However for me this works perfectly, my ideas are inked in and I’m ready to begin on the canvas.

This piece is 20 inches by 24 inches and will done in a Gallery Wrap style with the painted image extending over on to the sides of the canvas. The basic composition is sketched with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. Years ago Jack got me a book of Southwestern Architectural Details. I found this cool carving for over the window in our Santa Fe scene.

Now I’ll draw that sweet baby snoozing by the flower pots. Don’t forget, you may click on this image or any of the others to see them larger.

The mailboxes and the rest of the scene are sketched in and I’m ready to start painting. 

We begin with the sky because it’s the source of light for the rest of the piece. This is going to be a sunny, New Mexico afternoon so it’s nice and bright. If the sun was setting the lighting for the entire painting would be completely different. The blue field of the sky is blocked in first, leaving white canvas where fluffy clouds will float. The upper portion is White + Cobalt Blue, the lower part White + Pthalo Blue + a tiny bit of Lemon Yellow.

The shadow areas of the clouds are painted next with a mix of White + MUD. 

Highlights are added to the clouds. Next, the most distant mountain is made with a mix of White + Ultramarine Blue + MUD. The mixture is predominantly blue, or cool, so it will fall into the background.

The closer bluffs are made warmer, notice how the blue mountain drops back. Various mixes of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + MUD + White are used for the rocky terrain. The trees are combinations of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. 

The edges of the buildings are pulled through the wet paint of the scene in the background. Doing this now allows me to make the lines smooth. That’s all for today. 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!

Embellishing with a Kiss of Sunshine

April 27, 2017

Today I’m working on embellishing one of our Limited Original Giclees on canvas. Here is the digital reproduction before any enhancing is done. I did play a little on the Hollyhocks. You can see where I did a color test, I’m going to change them to a peachy yellow.

The first step is to glaze the door, shutter and windows with a thin mixture of Viridian Green + Pthalo Blue + Liquin. This makes them a rich Turquoise Blue.

Next the flowers on the vine draping over the roof are repainted with mixes of Alizarin Crimson + White and Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Light + White. Please remember as you go through my blog, to see any of the pictures larger just click on the image. 

Silver Pony Foot Vine cascades out of the Geranium container. The tiny, hoof shaped leaves are repainted using a #4 Bright (Square) brush.

Now for the changeover on the Hollyhocks. The large blossoms are completely redone with combinations of Permanent Rose + Cadmium Yellow Light + White, Permanent Rose + White and Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Yellow Light + Permanent Rose + White.

Pure White is used to highlight the stucco wall where it’s illuminated by the brilliant sunshine.

We’ll finish out the Geraniums with heavy brush strokes of Cadmium Red Deep, Cadmium Red Medium and Cadmium Red Light. A bit of White is added to the Cadmium Red Light for the lightest petals.

A Kiss of Sunshine   Limited Original   24″ x 30″

Irises, Petunias and the Salvia are all repainted and we’re finished. A Kiss of Sunshine makes our pleasant entry courtyard sparkle. Compare the image above to the very first one on today’s blog and you’ll see what a different the hand embellishment makes.  It’s fun to make changes. Each giclee is part of a Limited Edition but every piece is different, thus Original. So that’s why we call our embellished giclees LIMITED ORIGINALS. 

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Italian Elegance

April 25, 2017

COBBLESTONES! The entire area of the walkway is covered, establishing the light and shadow pattern on the stones. Lots of texture is used, this will help to give the feeling of the rough cobbles.

Perspective lines are added in a random pattern. I let my brush dance along the edges of the thick paint strokes.

Next the horizontal crevices between the stones are made.

The canvas, mounted to a cardboard backing, is removed from the easel and laid flat to work on the bottom side of the painting. My supervisor, Molly, is asleep on the job!

African Daisies parade along the base of the fountain. They are blocked in following my usual sequence of Flowers First, Leaves Last.

Dark centers are applied with a mix of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. Then a dab of Cadmium Yellow Medium is placed in the middle of the dark spot. To finish, a tiny speck of the dark mixture is put in the center of the yellow. You may click on the image to enlarge it to see this better.

Geraniums are some of Roseann’s favorites! So we’ll fill all of the containers by the door with bright red ones.

Cheery Sunflowers glow juxtaposed against the red door.

Italian Elegance   14 inches by 14 inches

Italian Elegance brings a touch of Italy to our happy couple’s home. Here is an excerpt from an email Roseann sent: “This is awesome!  I just love to read about how you created my painting.   I didn’t realize you had included the Amalfi coast.  That is so wonderful!  I see photos on FB of the Amalfi coast and it just makes me want to live there – it’s so gorgeous!   I have the painting sitting on a stand right next to the couch in my family room. Every night when I relax, I enjoy my painting.   I am so grateful (as I’m sure all your collectors are) for your talent and your desire to share it with the world.   Truly a blessing!”

I’m just so extremely blessed that God gave me the ability to capture people’s dreams on canvas and sent Jack into my life to teach me to paint. HE has gifted me with wonderful collectors too! With HUGS and COLORFUL SMILES!

Crazy Hearts

April 21, 2017

First off, thank you for all of your compliments on my Palette Painting. I wish I could take credit for the idea but years ago, over 20 in fact, Rob Pitzer of Pitzer’s Fine Arts asked his artists to do one for a special showing. I had completely forgotten about them until a very good friend, Angel Ann said, “What about doing a painting on a palette?” So that’s how it came about. If you’d like to go to the auction CLICK HERE. But don’t linger, the auction that started at A PENNY ends Sunday night at 8 PM Central Time.

All right, let’s get to work. The gnarled trucks of Wisteria are so cool. I love the way they wind this way and that.

Garlic strands are seen everywhere in Italy, especially on the Amalfi Coast. The rounded bulbs are painted first with mixes of White + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue, then the root end is delineated with a touch of Alizarin Crimson.

Moving back to the Wisteria, the blossoms are initially blocked in with mixes of Dioxazine Purple + White. Then the foliage is added with combinations of Viridian Green + Cadmium Yellow Medium.

I come back and highlight the individual petals of the Wisteria blossoms using a lighter mix of White + Dioxazine Purple. The paint is applied with lots of texture.

A Bougainvillea, Red Door and Terra Cotta containers bring additional color to the setting high above the Mediterranean Sea.

A fountain is painted with mixes of Viridian Green + Cadmium Orange + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White.

Since this is an anniversary gift, Crazy Hearts dance to the music of the water cascading down from the upper tier. AND…that’s all folks! Hope you’ll come back for our next session! HUGS,




Anniversary Surprise

April 20, 2017

Actually I did this commission several weeks ago, but it was a surprise Anniversary Gift so I couldn’t post it on my blog. Here is the piece my collector saw on my eBay auction, he tried to win it but was sniped at the very last second. So….Rick contacted me and asked me to do something especially for his lovely wife.

Now Roseann can watch her painting come together. She loves Italy, flowers and fountains. After visiting with Rick and discussing several ideas here’s what we came up with. The basic plan is sketched up on the canvas with a thin oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. 

The distant scene through the archway is painted first, beginning with the sky.

The farthest mountains along the Amalfi Coast are blocked in over the sky, then the water is painted. Notice how the water in the distance is more muted, the color becomes brighter and more intense as we move closer to the viewer. Following this simple rule helps to give the feeling of distance in the painting: Muted Colors Recede; Bright, Intense Colors Come Forward.

Now I concentrate on the quaint village of Amalfi. My wrist is braced against the mahl stick, steadying my hand as I delineate the fine details of the buildings.

The closest bluffs are made darker so the distant village glows. A small beach along the base of the rocks beckons the viewer to “Come take a dip”!

The villa below our vantage point is draped in a cascade of Bouganvilleas. The hot pink pops against the azure water in the distance. Thank you for following along today. 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!


April 18, 2017

Now for something completely different on my eBay auction. Poking around in our workroom I found some cool palettes. The rich patina of paint remnants, ALL MIXED UP on the wood surface provides an exciting backdrop for a unique original oil painting! So I’m calling these Palette Paintings, “ALL MIXED UP”!

To go directly to the auction CLICK HERE!

It’s Springtime, Irises abound!  The dark background on this palette is perfect for some white and lavender ones. The individual blooms are roughly outlined, then I begin applying opaque oils.

I let the orange on the palette pop through the foliage and stems of the Irises, giving the impression of flowers planted in the distance.

The Lustrous Blossoms of one of my favorite flowers dance in the warm sunshine! Enjoy the delight and excitement of spring Irises every day of the year in your home or office. No Frame is necessary. Just place Lustrous Blossoms on a small easel on your mantle or coffee table where you are able to view the painting up close and enjoy the detail!

To go directly to the auction CLICK HERE!

Here’s a closeup of the Irises. You may click on the image to see it larger.

The ALL MIXED UP! Palette Painting is 15 1/2 inches wide……….

And 12 inches tall. This Senkarik Original Oil Painting on the Palette would retail for $500. BUT….to make it fun the BIDDING STARTS AT ONE CENT! That’s right, ONLY A PENNY! 

Don’t Linger, the auction ends Sunday, April 23 at 8 PM Texas (Central Time) 

To go directly to the auction CLICK HERE!


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HE is Risen!

April 15, 2017


“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

John 3:16


Our Lord has so blessed me with every one of you. Your friendship, continued support, thoughts and prayers have been incredibly wonderful. The beauty God created leaves us in total awe. We live in peace and tranquility knowing He gave His only son for us. Because of Jesus’ suffering and ultimate sacrifice of His life on the cross we know one day we’ll all be with our Jack again for eternity in Heaven. Every single sunrise is a beautiful reminder of God’s sacrifice and promise. What a huge comfort. I thank you for being part of Jack’s and my life. All my best wishes to you for a Joyful and Peace filled Easter.

Soft Hill Country Song

April 14, 2017

The prickly pear cactus is blocked in with greens left over from the wildflower field. A #16 Bright (square) brush is used to make the oval pads. I just lay the brush, loaded with paint, on the canvas and give it a twist! 

The rims, or thin edge of the pads, are highlighted where the brilliant sunshine illuminates them. Then the needle like spines are delineated. I don’t try to show all of them, just a few here and there. You may click on the image to see it larger.

Buttery yellow Coreopsis nestles at the base of the sticky cactus. The flowers are blocked in first with mixes of Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + a touch of Lemon Yellow and Pure Lemon Yellow. The leaves are combinations of Ultramarine Blue + Lemon Yellow.

Soft Hill Country Song     14 inches by 14 inches

Indian Blanket flowers fill the lower left corner and we’re done. Come, let’s take a walk through the field of colorful blossoms out to the old barn. Can’t you just feel the gentle breeze playing a “Soft Hill Country Song” in your heart? Thank you for following along with me! HUGS,