Hummingbirds’ Dance

December 21, 2018

The Sunflowers behind the bench are blocked in Flowers First, Leaves Last. Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson and Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Orange are used for the blossoms. The foliage is combinations in different proportions of Ultramarine Blue + Lemon Yellow. You may click on any of the images to see them larger.

The large centers of the Sunflowers are drawn into the masses of yellow with a mix of MUD + Liquin.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting one of the Hummingbirds.

The bright Southwestern style bench is made of mixtures of Turquoise Pthalo Blue + White.

Pink Petunias are “Planted” in the terra cotta container by the bench, then a couple more Hummingbirds are added.

The tall spikes of Delphinium tower over another bunch of Petunias in the planter to the left of the gate. The Delphinium blossoms are mixes of Dioxazine Purple + White and Dioxazine Purple + Ultramarine Blue + White.

Coneflowers, made of Magenta + White and Magenta + Dioxazine Purple + White, snuggle at the base of the Delphinium. The leaves of the Coneflowers are Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium and Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + Lemon Yellow.

Hummingbirds’ Dance     15 inches x 19 inches

The dark centers of the Coneflowers are made with MUD + Liquin and we are done! A pleasant little courtyard to sit and listen to the squeaks and hums of the “Hummingbirds’ Dance”! Hugs,Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

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Roof Tiles and a Red Gate

December 19, 2018

The sky was painted first using mixes of White + Cobalt Blue and White + Pthalo Blue. The darker Cobalt Blue mixture is used in the upper portions of the sky, the Pthalo Blue mix in the lower part. Moving forward the walls are constructed with combinations in various proportions of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + a touch of Pthalo Blue + White. A few strokes of Ultramarine Blue + White are made on the back part of the wall on the left at the corner. This makes the wall recede. As you read through my post please keep in mind that you may click on any of the images to enlarge the picture.

Sunlight pours over the structure from the upper left, illuminating the gate and adjoining wall. Now, let’s paint the tiles on the roof and top of the courtyard wall.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Terra Cotta Roof Tiles

Shadows on the gate are Cadmium Red Deep + Alizarin Crimson, the sunlit portion is pure Cadmium Red Light. After delineating the edges of the boards catching the light the wrought iron hinges are drawn into the wet paint using a mix of MUD + Liquin.

Rusty hinges and gate latch are complete, now for the tile floor. The entire surface is covered using oil paint remaining from the terra cotta roof tiles. My goal in this step is to establish the light and shadow pattern on the courtyard floor.

Perspective lines separating the individual tiles are drawn into the wet paint of the floor with a thin brush. Then the edges of the tiles are highlighted.

The Trumpet Vine cascading over the walls is blocked in using my usual sequence of Flowers First (1), Leaves Last (2). The blossoms are Cadmium Red Deep + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson and Cadmium Orange. Leaves are combinations of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + a bit of Cadmium Lemon Yellow.

Showing some of the Trumpet Vine through the opening above the gate adds to the feeling of depth in the painting. That’s all for this session, hope you’ll come back again. Think I just might have another video in our next session! Hugs,Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

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Out from Undercover!

December 17, 2018

WHEW! I’ve been working undercover with all the elves in Santa’s workshop. Had some surprise Christmas pieces that I couldn’t show on my blog. But I’m back! So here we go on a garden courtyard. I begin sketching up the basic architecture with a thin oil wash made of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. As you read through my blog please remember, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

A jumble of Delphinium, Petunias and Purple Cone Flowers will fill the planter to the left of a red gate.

A Turquoise Bench will provide a pleasant spot to relax and take in the fragrance of the colorful blooms.

Trumpet Vine cascades over the terra cotta roof tiles while Sunflowers line the wall behind the bench. I’ll begin applying opaque Oil Paint 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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Magical Monarchs

December 8, 2018

 

The cheery Sunflowers are first painted with mixes of Cadmium Yellow Medium + Cadmium Orange + a touch of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson), Cadmium Yellow Medium + Alizarin Crimson and Cadmium Yellow Medium. Then the large centers are added with a combination of MUD + Liquin. You may click on this, or any of the other images to see them larger.

The petals of the Sunflowers illuminated by the sun are highlighted with Cadmium Yellow Medium + Lemon Yellow. Moving to the Lilies, I begin blocking them in with mixtures of Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Red Light and pure Cadmium Orange. The deep centers are drawn in with Alizarin Crimson + Liquin.

Flowers are done, let’s start on the kitty next…….

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Blocking in the Kitten

Magical Monarchs

Our sweet little kitty is absolutely enchanted by the Magical Monarchs fluttering above the colorful flowers! I appreciate you following my blog and thank you for all of your kind comments. My readers are the Best! HUGS,

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Butterflies!

December 6, 2018

We’ll start applying opaque oil color in the background with mixes in various proportions of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 Part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + more Ultramarine Blue + White. More White is used for the lighter parts of the wall, more MUD in the shadows of the flowers and butterfly. Please keep in mind as you read my blog, you may click on any of the images to seem them larger.

The entire surface of the floor is covered, establishing the light and shadow pattern on the terra cotta tile. Mixtures of MUD + Cadmium Orange + a bit of Cadmium Red Light + White are used. A few strokes of White + Ultramarine Blue are added at the back edge of the shadows to make them recede.

A fine liner brushed dipped in a thin oil mix of MUD + Liquin is used to delineate the crevices between the individual tiles.

Colors remaining from the wall and floor are mixed together to use for the basket. The paint is applied with rough texture to help give the feel of wicker. Then the ribs of the basket are drawn into the wet paint.

Highlights on the basket are added. Notice how the brush stokes extend over the ribs, giving the impression of the woven wicker.

The blossoms of the Angelonia are combinations of Magenta + White and Magenta + Dioxazine Purple + White.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting a Monarch Butterfly

Silver Pony Foot Vine drapes out of the basket and Monarch Butterflies dance lazily above the kitten and flowers. Hope you’ll come back and visit my studio. I’ll be painting the kitty and flowers in our next session, might even have a video! You just never can tell. HUGS,

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Begin Again!

December 3, 2018

Starting on another “Kitty” painting! I begin by sketching in a huge basket of flowers with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

My original plan was to have Sunflowers and Magenta Angelonia with Silver Pony Foot Vine draping down the sides of the wicker basket. As I was sketching the idea of Orange Lilies popped into my mind, so I’m adding a few to the bouquet.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Sketching the Kitty.

As you’ll see I got started on the wrong foot, so had to “Begin Again”! Watch how easy it is to erase and draw that kitten all over!

Our kitty is intently watching a “Flutter” of Monarch Butterflies fluttering around the flowers.

I use reference pictures I’ve taken in our garden over the years.

This flower is called Blue Mist. If you want to be sure you have plenty of Butterflies in your garden get some, it’s a true Butterfly Magnet!

We’re all sketched up and ready to start painting in our next session. I hope you’ll come back and follow along because I’ll have more videos! 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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35% SAVINGS on JACK WHITE Art Marketing Books

November 27, 2018

WOW, I thought 15% off was great but TODAY ONLY you can SAVE 35 PURR-CENT on all JACK WHITE Art Marketing Books at Lulu.com! AND….Jack’s books make GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFTS!

TODAY ONLY, Tuesday, November 27 until 11:59 PM Eastern Time you can get 35% OFF on ALL eight Jack White Art Marketing books at Senkarik.com.  Just use the coupon code CM35 when you checkout. Act fast to take advantage of this great offer from Lulu.com, Mikki and Jack’s online distributor. This offer ONLY applies to the printed version of his books, not the downloads.

Thought you would enjoy this email Mikki recently received. “From a grateful artist… Dear Mikki, I wanted to reach out and tell you how much Mr. White’s books on art marketing helped me. Moreover, I have recommended his books to several of the artists I know, and I can see the change happening in their art careers, all thanks to a generous and caring soul that wanted to share his knowledge and success with others! I have only been painting for two years, but in the last four months I sold over a hundred of my works, most of them on eBay – I have read all the books Mr. White has written (and not once…) and I make every effort to follow his advice. Yet there is a lot to improve. I admire your work and your spirit, and, knowing how busy you are, I am very thankful for your time reading this note of appreciation! Sincerely, Julia”

For those of you selling on eBay or thinking about making the plunge this book tells how Jack taught Mikki to do it. CLICK HERE to order the hard copy.

Jack’s book, ARTIST CONFIDENTIAL: Secret Guidelines of Professionals would make a Wonderful Christmas GIFT for that special artist in your life. It’s chock full of practical ideas and helpful tips for artists, a must for anyone making art! CLICK HERE to order ARTIST CONFIDENTIAL in hard copy.

The online distributor of our books has offered this special promotion for our readers and we want to make it available to all of you. Here is your chance to purchase any or all eight of Jack White’s Art Marketing Classics in the print version at 35% OFF. BUT HURRY, the offer ends TONIGHT, Tuesday November 27 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. To get the savings use the code CM35 when you checkout. Just CLICK HERE to buy Jack’s Art Marketing Books.

HAPPY SHOPPING!

With Purrs and Kitty Kisses, MOLLY

 

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Embellishing Saint Serra

November 26, 2018

Today I’m working on a LIMITED ORIGINAL Hand Embellished Giclee on Canvas of a painting I finished recently, “The Spirit of Saint Junipero Serra Lives On”. Why do we call these LIMITED ORIGINALS? Jack came up with the term because I paint extensively on each colorful, high resolution, digital image with oils. I may change the colors of flowers or add more; no two are exactly alike. The options are limitless! And every piece is personally signed on the front, just like my original oil paintings. So even though each is part of a limited edition, every single piece is original.

The dome and architectural features of the Carmel Mission are repainted, giving them extra dimension. Please keep in mind as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to see enlargements.

I’ve repainted the Orange Day Lilies and Magenta Bougainvillea along the left side of the courtyard. Next, texture is added to the large, swaying fronds of the palms using several mixtures of  Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Embellishing the Flowers.

It’s fun to repaint the tiny hummingbirds sipping nectar from the brilliantly colored flowers.

Highlights and details on the sculpture of Saint Serra are now accentuated.

This LIMITED ORIGINAL of “The Spirit of Saint Junipero Serra Lives On” is going to be presented to Bishop Greg Kelly, the Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas. As I mentioned in the video, we changed the colors of the flowers to personalize the LIMITED ORIGINAL specifically for him. That’s the fun of my hand embellished giclees on canvas! Thank you for following 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!Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

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Painting Assistant

November 24, 2018

Pete and Julie, collectors of mine, sent the following video of their Rag Doll Kitty viewing my painting demonstration of the cutting horse on his cell phone. Enlarge the video and watch what she does when my hand comes into the picture. I shared this with all of my friends at Thanksgiving Dinner, we were rolling with laughter. ENJOY!

I may need to hire Teanna as my assistant, what do you think?????? With Colorful Smiles and Big Hugs,

We Have SO MUCH to be Thankful For!

November 21, 2018

 

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Jack and I have always considered Norman Rockwell to be a Master Artist. I grew up admiring Rockwell’s paintings on the covers of the Saturday Evening Post Magazine; his attention to detail was amazing. I’ve used this painting in one of my Thanksgiving greetings before but it’s a favorite. Definitely worth repeating! It portrays the essence of those heartwarming moments in the kitchen, catching up with friends and family you haven’t see in ages, that make Thanksgiving so wonderful.

Rockwell’s painting also reminds us that just living in this great country is an incredible gift from God. We are very thankful for all of the men and women who have sacrificed so much so we can enjoy our lives in America. We ALL have much to be thankful for, God has certainly blessed each one of us. But please remember to thank Jesus every single day for his gifts. “Thanksgiving is an attitude of the heart, not a day of the year.”

I’m very blessed with all of your loving support! I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving filled with Laughter, Love and Hugs. And GO COWBOYS!