Glimmering Reflections

May 19, 2018

The buildings on the left side of the canal are all in shadow. The one closest to us is painted with mixes of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + a little MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White. Shutters are Viridian Green + White + a touch of MUD to mute the intensity of the color.

I brace my hand against the unpainted portion of the canvas to delineate the steps to the front door of this home. Wouldn’t it be fun to live where you took a boat everywhere instead of a car? Oh, please remember, you may click on this or any of the other images to view them larger.

Lights from the courtyard shine though the opening in the wall. I don’t want them to be too bright, just a nice little twinkle! My tribute to Thomas Kinkade!

Wisteria, made of Dioxazine Purple + Ultramarine Blue + White and Dioxazine Purple + White cascades over the wall.


I painted the mooring posts in the VIDEO DEMONSTRATION above, but I’ve decided to change them. I feel it’s a better balance having two in the distance, behind the bridge, and three in the foreground.

WHEW! Sunset sky, buildings and water ALL DONE. We’ll begin on the foreground in our next session! Hope you’ll come back and watch. AND…thanks to all of you for your wonderful comments. I feel so blessed that God has given me the ability and opportunity to celebrate His beauty on canvas. BIG HUGS,Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

Stately Bell Tower

May 17, 2018

Before continuing on the background I want to get the wall of the courtyard painted. Not only does this make the sky POP; it also helps me in establishing the light and dark values on the buildings lining the canal. The basic mixes are MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + White. A little of the sky color is pulled into the side of the arch where it is warmed by the setting sun.

The Jasmine pouring down the wall is made of several different mixes of Magenta + White, Magenta + Alizarin Crimson + White and Magenta + Dioxizine Purple + White. The leaves are Sap Green + a bit of Lemon Yellow. Another vine is intermixed with the Jasmine, bringing additional interest to the foliage. You may click on this or any of the other images to view them larger.

Deep centers of pure Magenta finish out the fragrant Jasmine flowers.

NOW….let’s do those buildings in the background. Those on the right side of the canal are illuminated by the warm sun.

The bell tower is made a darker value to accentuate the brilliance of the sky. I brace against the mahl stick to steady my hand in order to delineate the details of the bells.

As I mentioned before, I just can’t envision Venice without a striped awning somewhere in the scene. The entire surface is first covered in several shades of White + Ultramarine Blue + a touch of Cadmium Orange and White + a little bit of MUD. Then the stripes are drawn into the wet paint with a mix of Viridian Green + White.

We’ll complete the buildings AND the water in our next session. I hope you’ll come watch; I’m even going to do a video of painting the water! By the way, THANK YOU for ALL of your wonderful comments. I really appreciate them! With BIG HUGS,

Colorful Sky

May 15, 2018

Here are my mixes for the colorful sky: #1. MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White. #2. MUD + a touch of Ultramarine Blue + White. #3. Three shades of Ultramarine Blue + a touch of MUD + White. #4. A couple of mixes of Alizarin Crimson + MUD + a bit of Cadmium Red Light + White. #5. Cadmium Red Light + Cadmium Orange + a tiny amount of Alizarin Crimson + White. #6. Mix #5 + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White.

The darkest clouds are blocked in first with Mixes #1 and #2. Then I begin adding the brighter color with the two shades of #4.

Blues are added into the clouds in the upper part of the sky. Even though it’s setting behind the tower on the left, mixes #5 and #6 are used to indicate the glow in the sky from the sun.

The shadow of Venice in the distance is painted with mixes of Pthalo Blue + MUD + Cadmium Orange + White. Some of that color is extended down into the water that we then begin painting with the darker shades remaining from the sky.

The Basilica and the buildings around it are made with mixes of MUD + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. The Basilica di Santa Maria Della Salute was built as a thanks or offering to the Virgin Mary against the plague which had taken almost a third of the Venice’s population in 1630.

It’s fun adding the lights lining the canal along the distant shore and the base of the Basilica. The ones in the background are made cooler with a mix of White + Ultramarine Blue. Those closer are White + a tiny bit of Cadmium Orange. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

Reflections from the lights are pulled straight down into the wet paint of the water below. That finishes us up for today.

But Before I go I want to let you know of this Special Offer our publisher just notified me of.

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Thought you would enjoy this email I 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”

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I appreciate you reading my blog, please feel free to ask questions! With Colorful Smiles and Big Hugs,

Let’s Go to Venice

May 10, 2018


My Gallery in Sedona, Exposures International Fine Art, just sold the painting of Venice I had done for them recently. If you’d like to see “Venetian Enchantment” CLICK HERE.   So I’m doing another one for them. We’ll be in a courtyard looking out, through the arch, at one of the hidden canals of Venice. I don’t worry about sketching the foreground, I can visualize that in my mind. But I do work out the details of the canal in a drawing. In the distance is the Grande Canal and the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute.

The painting is 30 inches tall by 36 inches wide and will be done in the gallery wrap style with the image extending over, on to the edges. I begin sketching the basic architecture with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

Using my T-Square as a straight edge I establish the perspective of the walkway along the canal. Notice the vanishing points indicated on the horizon line. You may click on this, or any of the images, to see an enlargement.

I balanced the T-Square on the top edge of the canvas to make the upright lines of the tower and buildings. Then, with my hand braced against the mahl stick for steadiness, I draw the openings for the bells in the tall tower.

The Basilica is ghosted in the background, I’ve just roughed in the shape with a thin wash of MUD. Next I begin working on the details of the buildings lining the canal. And I just can’t seem to do a painting of Venice without throwing in a striped awning somewhere!

Won’t do anymore on the background, I’ll add the windows and rest of the details when I paint the buildings. Now we’ll start defining the plants that fill the pleasant courtyard.

The sketch is complete. I’ll begin painting in the next session, hope you’ll come follow along! I appreciate you visiting our studio. 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!


God’s Beauty

May 6, 2018


VIDEO DEMONSRATION: Blocking in the Foliage of the Bluebonnets

The distinctive leaves of the Bluebonnets are now defined, using varying mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. A few leaves made of Pthalo Blue + White are popped, here and there, into the depths of the leaf mass to bring coolness. You may click on this or any of the other images to see them larger.

Let’s plant some Indian Paintbrush in among the Bluebonnets.

More detail is added to the Bluebonnets in the foreground with Cobalt Blue and Cobalt Blue + White.

The warm leaves of the Indian Paintbrush are made with combinations of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White.

Stems, supporting the blossom that dance in the gentle breeze, are made with a fine liner brush.

The tiny white caps of the Bluebonnets in the distance are a mixture of White + Ultramarine Blue. This makes a cooler White that drops back.

Pure White is reserved for the “Bonnets” of the Bluebonnets near the foreground that are illuminated by sunlight pouring into the painting from the right. The tops of the Bluebonnets across the front that are in shadow are made with a mix of White + a little bit of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson). 

“God’s Beauty”

And we’re done. Thank you for joining me in celebrating the Awesomeness and Joy of “God’s Beauty”. His magnificence is far greater than any of us artists here on earth can come close to achieving. With BIG HUGS,

Live Oaks and Indian Paintbrush

May 4, 2018

Majestic Live Oaks are treasured here in Texas. Green all winter, they offer cool shade in the summer and the leaves, dropped in the spring as their new growth bursts out, make great mulch for our garden. I’m using mixes of Pthalo Blue + a bit of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White for the shadows. Brushstrokes of Ultramarine Blue + White are made here and there to bring more coolness to the darker areas.

The same mixtures, with additional white, make up the lighter portions of the tree’s canopy.

Tiny twigs, peeking through the foliage around the perimeter of the tree, are drawn into the wet paint of the sky with a fine liner brush.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Blocking in the Indian Paintbrush wildflowers

FIRST OF ALL….I must apologize. This video is a bit out of focus. It’s entirely my fault, Operator ERROR! I was so excited to start working on the Indian Paintbrush I forgot to focus the camera. OPPS, is my face ever RED! It matches the painting!

The round pads of the cactus are made by twisting my square (Bright) brush. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

An artist’s heart leaps for joy when something cool like the brushstroke above occurs. The little openings add magical texture to the dried brush behind the cacti; a happy surprise I make certain to leave alone.

Now, let’s get to work on the field of Bluebonnets. The larger ones in the foreground are blocked in with combinations of Cobalt Blue + White.

Mixes of Ultramarine Blue + White are used for the Bluebonnets in the distance, near the Indian Paintbrush. The mixture is a little duller than the more intense Cobalt Blue, so these flowers will recede. I’m following a simple rule that helps to give the impression of depth in a painting: Intense Colors come forward, Duller colors go back. This is one of Jack’s WHITEISM’s!

Work will continue on the Bluebonnets in our next session. I do hope you’ll drop by the studio and follow along. By the way, I really appreciate all of your kind comments! My readers are THE BEST! With Colorful Smiles and Big Hugs,

Jack’s Place Revisited

May 2, 2018


VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Sketching the basic plan up on the canvas.

This commission is based on my piece “Jack’s Place”, that we auctioned to start the JACK WHITE CHARACTER AWARD Scholarship Fund. A picture of that painting is shown in the video above. If you’d like to meet the very first recipient of this $1,000 scholarship awarded in Jack’s honor CLICK HERE.

Because it’s the source of light for our landscape, I begin painting with the sky. The upper portion is blocked in with a mix of White + Ultramarine Blue. The lower part, nearest the horizon, is White + Pthalo Blue. The areas where the clouds will be are left blank.

Shadows on the fluffy clouds are made with a mix of White + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson). Sunlight pours into the canvas from the right so the upper parts of the clouds on that side are left unpainted.

The blank portions of the clouds are now covered with a mix of White + MUD + Alizarin Crimson + a touch of Cadmium Red Light. This gives them a “Sun Warmed” feel.

Highlights on the clouds are White + Cadmium Red Light + Cadmium Orange, giving them a “Sun Warmed” feel. “Painting Forward” the distant line of trees are blocked in with cool greens made of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. A few touches of White + Ultramarine Blue are added here and there to bring additional coolness, making the trees drop back. You may click on this or any of the other images to view them larger.

Moving forward, the field of wildflowers behind the fence line is blocked in. Various mixes of Magenta + White, Dioxazine Purple + White, Ptahlo Blue + White and Alizarin Crimson + White are used. Then cactus at the base of the trees are painted. The corner of my square (Bright) brush is used to make the round pads.

Old cedar posts supporting the barbed wire fence add nice character to our landscape. Thank you for following along today. Hope you’ll come back for 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. And if you enjoy my blog please CLICK the FaceBook LIKE Button. As we say in Texas, “Much Obliged!

Bluebonnets on eBay!

April 30, 2018

“Promise of the New Day”

I’ve always loved getting up before dawn. Watching the early morning sky brighten fills me with joy and anticipation of what adventures the new day will bring. Colors dance across the clouds as the sun’s rays change them from rich purple to lavender to rose to pink. And I can think of no better way to experience the “Promise of the New Day” than overlooking a field of our Texas spring Bluebonnets! You may click on any of these images to see enlargements.

CLICK HERE to go directly to the eBay Auction

“Promise of the New Day” measures 7.5 inches by 10.5 inches. It’s framed in our Senkarik/White Signature Frame, the outer dimension of which is 11 inches by 14 inches. The frame is durable acrylic that can be washed with Windex and a soft, lint free cloth. The painting has the hanging wire attached; it’s ready to put up on your wall!

The regular price of “Promise of the New Day” is $590, however we are starting the bid at ONLY A PENNY! That’s correct, you can jump in right now for the chance to win this SENKARIK Original Oil Painting for ONLY 1 CENT!

To go to the eBay Auction CLICK HERE

Enjoy the “Promise of the New Day” in your home or on your office wall. Mother’s Day is right around the corner! This painting would be a wonderful way to say “I LOVE YOU”. Give that special MOM in your life the joy of a Bluebonnet sunrise; every time she sees “Promise of the New Day” she’ll be reminded of your LOVE!


Speaking of Mother’s Day please don’t forget the paintings I’m offering at a special savings just for your MOM!

 These prices will only last through May 13th. The pieces shown above are only a few of those available.

CLICK HERE to view the entire Mother’s Day collection.

AND don’t hesitate on bidding for “Promise of the New Day”, the eBay auction ends Sunday, May 5th at 8PM Texas (Central) Time!

To go to the eBay Auction CLICK HERE





Spring in the Senkarik/White Garden

April 28, 2018

I thought you would enjoy seeing some of God’s beautiful touch in our garden. All of the plants have started to mature and this spring seem exceptionally pretty! These are Rock Purslane and Aloe.

The view out of the front door! It’s so pretty in the morning, back lit by the sun.

Our Knock Out Roses are Knocking it Out of the Park! And to think I had trimmed them back to stubs, 8 inches above the ground, on Valentine’s Day!

The Peggy Martin Roses on the Kitchen Garden Arbor are keeping up with the Knock Outs! And Bluebonnets have popped up in the Jack-N-Mikki medallion. You may enlarge the picture to see this better, just click on the image.

Peggy, up close and personal.

More Bluebonnets!

Christmas Amaryllis bloom in the spring out in the garden.

A couple of our irises finally had flowers this year!

Another Peggy Martin Rose Arbor going into the fountain courtyard.

The view from the covered back porch. I wish you could smell the Star Jasmine behind the fountain, the fragrance is amazing.

Begonias and Geranium in square chimney pipe planters!

I’m guaranteed to ALWAYS have at least one hummingbird!

My view out the window as I work at the easel.

Little Sissie basking in the sunshine! Wish you could be here to enjoy our beautiful spring! By the way, 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!







Our First Recipient of the JACK WHITE CHARACTER AWARD!

April 26, 2018

I’ve been traveling the last couple of days! Went to Brownwood, Texas for the Awards Ceremony at Howard Payne University, Jack’s Alma Mater. Arriving the evening before I had a delightful dinner with Randy Yeakley, Howard Payne’s Vice President of Development and his wife, Leslie. Then we attended a wonderful symphony concert given by the University’s orchestra! What fun!

The next morning was the official Chapel Convocation where Academic Awards were given to outstanding students. Howard Payne’s President, Dr. Bill Ellis, congratulated all of the recipients. When time came for Jack’s Award a little introduction was given:

“On this, the inaugural awarding of the JACK WHITE CHARACTER AWARD a word is necessary to explain the nature of the award and the man remembered and honored by it.

Jack White attended Howard Payne University, graduating in 1955. It was at Howard Payne that Jack first recognized his gift for art. Through hard work and determination, he matured into a Master Oil Painter. Painting portraits of such notables as President Lyndon Johnson, McDonald’s Founder Ray Kroc, Pro Basketball Star Julius “Dr. J” Irvin and Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Tom Landry, Jack was awarded the title of State Artist of Texas in 1975. Jack was an extremely generous person.  He was generous with his time, talent and resources.

Jack’s wife, artist Mikki Senkarik, and Jack’s close friend, Coach Grant Teaff agreed that it would be fitting to create an award to honor Jack’s memory for years to come at the school he loved, his Alma Mater, Howard Payne.

The recipient of this award is to be a student pursuing a degree within the School of Music and Fine Arts with preference for students pursuing a Fine Arts degree.  Additionally, the recipient must be judged to be a person of high moral character by the faculty who know her/him.”

AND NOW……TA DA…..The very first recipient of the Jack White Character Award is Sarah Abigail (Abi) Brown! Department Chair Professor of Art, David Harmon, presented Abi with her Award. Abi is an All-Level Art Teacher Certification Major and a Spanish Minor. An extremely dedicated student, she also earned an Award as the “Outstanding Lower Division Student of Spanish”. I know Jack was smiling down from Heaven and proud that our first recipient is a woman! He’s always been a champion for women artists, feeling that the art world has treated them so unfairly throughout history.

Coach Grant Teaff, his wife Donell, Abi and me!

Dr. Richard Jackson, an Alum of HPU, is also the interim pastor at the First Baptist Church in Brownwood. He’s known Coach and Donell for many years. Jill Underwood, HPU Instructor of Education, grew up with the Teaffs. She is similar in age to one of the Teaff’s girls and her father was Team Physician for the Baylor Football Team. So it was like old home week for my dear friends. Both Dr. Jackson and Jill know Abi quite well and are very proud of her accomplishments.

Dr. Ellis and Randy took us all out to lunch following the ceremony. Coach told of how he first met “Jack White”.

Stories continued all through our meal. Everyone had a great time.

Afterwards Randy took me by the art department so I could see the facilities that are housed in an old Coca Cola warehouse. David was there so he gave us the grand tour. Walking through the painting studio I was drawn to one particular piece. I asked David, “Who did this? It’s beautiful!”
His answer brought joy to my heart, “Oh, that’s Abi’s painting!”
I asked if I could take a picture and he said, “Absolutely!”
Abi has painted mostly in Watercolor and only worked in acrylic a short while. The sureness and confidence in her brushwork is wonderful. Her drawing abilities are strong and I love the highlights on the apple, made with crisp, definite brushstrokes. I can just hear Jack saying, “WAY TO GO, GURL!”

I would like to thank all of you who have helped us grow the fund for the JACK WHITE CHARACTER AWARD. We still have a little ways to go before it is self sustaining. Our goal is to have an Endowed Scholarship that will earn enough interest to extend the Award into perpetuity. If you would like to join us in continuing Jack’s Legacy of Generosity you may CLICK HERE to make a tax deductible donation to the JACK WHITE CHARACTER AWARD.

With Heartfelt appreciation and HAPPY HUGS,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG