Rock, Tiles and White Stucco

September 12, 2017

The rock wall behind the stairs provides a dark backdrop for the sun-washed, white stucco walls. Terra cotta tiles on the roof also add a dark accent that will make the light on the building POP!

You can see how the surrounding darks “Set the Stage” for the brightly lit stucco. I pull the lines of the wrought iron bench into the paint of the wall while it’s still wet. A #4 bright (square) brush dipped in a thin mixture of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin is used.

The warmth of the Red door vibrates against all of the cool lavenders and blue grays on the walls.

Now we’ll work on the vine cascading over the roof. I’ve got my mixes laid out and ready to go. #1. Pthalo Blue + Liquin. #2. A couple of shades of Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Orange. #3. Two mixes of Sap Green + White. #4. Cadmium Orange + a bit of Cadmium Yellow Medium. #5. Pthalo Blue + White. 

The flowering vine is blocked in following my usual sequence of Flowers First, Leaves Last. On the left I’ve used mixes #2 and #4 to make the mass of flower color. At the right foliage is added, the green is worked around the orange to shape the blossoms.

Dangling tendrils and twisting trunks finish out the Trumpet Vine. The next step is to cover the entire surface of the floor, establishing the light and shadow pattern. Paint leftover from the roof tiles is used. A cool blue, made of Ultramarine Blue + White, is added along the back edge near the wall to make it recede. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the pictures to view them larger.

The lines separating the tiles are drawn into the wet paint with a fine liner brush dipped in a mix of MUD + Liquin.

Attaching the canvas to a piece of cardboard before I begin working makes it much easier to handle the wet painting. I remove the whole unit from the easel and lay it on my taboret to paint the bottom edge of the canvas. If you’d like to see how the canvas is attached to the cardboard CLICK HERE.

For the terra cotta flower pots a little Cadmium Red Light is mixed into the colors used on the floor. Thank you for visiting our studio today, hope you’ll come back for the next session. I’ll be adding the flowers! HUGS, 

Back to the Easel

September 10, 2017

It feels good to be back at the easel again. I had a few days of catch up to do. Things that I put aside while in the whirlwind of preparing for the show in Santa Fe. Most all of the important stuff is done so it’s back to work. This piece is for my gallery in the Napa Valley, Gallery 1870. The owners, Paul, Kathy and Kassia Thoren, have become wonderful friends over the years they’ve represented my work. 

Andalusia, Spain is the setting for this 14″ x 14″ gallery wrap piece. I love the quirky architecture with the steps going up and the door almost hidden under an arched porch. The stairway makes a great place for pots of flowers, as does the wrought iron bench at the base.

The basic plan is sketched with a brush dipped in a thin wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.  Flowers are all labeled and we’re ready to begin applying opaque oil paint in our next session. You may click on this or any of the other pictures to see them larger.

But before I go I want to introduce you to our newest kitty, Bosco! He’s actually Talavera Pottery, I got him at a delightful shop in Santa Fe. Molly was totally indifferent to her new porch mate but Sissie????? Well, her name says it all, she’s a complete sissie! I didn’t notice her until she’d worked her way from the sliding glass door to this spot. However, I imagine it took awhile.

While I was watching it took Sissie over 5 minutes to get to this point. She looked like a cobra with her head dancing back and forth. 

Another 8 minutes passed before she worked up the courage to sniff Bosco’s nose! She jumped back as if she’d been burned! After a few more minutes she crept back up to sniff him several times. When she was absolutely assured he wasn’t a threat she casually walked away. Now she doesn’t even notice him. But I bet if I move Mr. Bosco we’ll go through the entire process again.

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What a FUN Time!

September 6, 2017

 

WOW! My time in Santa Fe was a whirlwind of cool activities, meeting new collectors and renewing friendships with our long time Team Members. Even got to view “Lines of Thought”, an exhibit of sketches by the old Masters at the New Mexico Museum of Art!  Want to share a few pictures of our 2017 Team Senkarik Collector Event! Those are Chris Payne’s beautiful sculptures and Doug Adams’ delightful bells displayed with my paintings. Please keep in mind as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

Darrell and Phyllis gave me two entire walls, smack dab, right up in front of the gallery! After closing time the gallery was dark except for my area; the brightly lit paintings literally glowed! OH MY, I felt honored!

I love how Darrell and Phyllis hung the Vignettes around “Echoes of the Mediterranean”!

The first official event was a reception on Friday evening. Our granddaughter, Christie, made the trip from California with her movie producer boyfriend, Patrick. She’s also an artist, landscape architect and helps Patrick produce his films. AND…..Christie has even starred in a few. I know Jack was smiling down from Heaven, proud as could be. Christie suggested taking our picture with the painting of “Our Jack” driving the sleigh in “Winter’s Magic”.

Linda, Tom and their pretty baby Platita added “Produce With a Little Bray” to their collection.

At the big Gala on Saturday, I got the chance to meet Rachel and Mike. They first saw my work years ago in Taos and not long after became Team Senkarik Members. 

Also met Robert and Linda for the first time!

We always have an auction, one of our pieces this year was a print of Jack’s painting “ALERT”. Darrell’s auctioneering makes the event extra exciting.

Derek and Allison won “ALERT”. What is so neat is their soon to be born son is named Cooper, Jack’s mother’s maiden name!

Every year we include a drawing for several cool items. The winners get to select from an assortment of special goodies! Lynn chose some Senkarik notecards.

In either 1996 or 1997 we met Gayle at the UPS office in Albuquerque, we lived there at the time. What a surprise when we discovered she was also an artist! Those of you who follow my blog know I had to rebuild my website several months ago. Imagine my shock when I contacted tech support and Gayle was there to help me! I couldn’t have constructed http://www.Senkarik.com without her assistance, as well as that of all the others at FASO. If you’re an artist and need to build a website I highly recommend http://www.FASO.com. They are reasonable and have templates specifically designed to showcase artwork.

After the main event several people hung around, we had an “After the Party” party! No one even thought of getting a group shot earlier while all of the crowd was there! Oh well, we will just have to do it next year! Go ahead and mark your calendar to come to Santa Fe for our 2018 Collector Event, August 31 and September 1. 

I’d like to extend a huge THANK YOU to my Santa Fe Art Collector Gallery family. Going from left to right first up is Arlene, a very special lady and wonderful sales consultant. Ann, a dear friend of Jack’s and mine, accompanied me on the trip, helped with the driving and was our official navigator. She has a phone with GPS, I just have a flip phone with no data capabilities! Next are Phyllis and Darrell, the amazing owners of the gallery. Last but not least is Tom, who is our “Official Event Photographer” and generally keeps everyone in line! I appreciate all of you who made this year’s event a success! God has certainly blessed me with your love, support and friendship!

2017 Collector Event Catalog of Paintings

August 30, 2017

All of you, my collectors, readers and friends, have been so wonderful with your words of encouragement, support and love over the last year. You’ve made my new path without Jack so much easier. God provides exactly who we need in our lives and I definitely need you. Thank you for being there for me. Your words have given me inspiration to do this series of paintings for our Team Senkarik Collector Event called “A MELODY OF COLOR”. And to express my sincere appreciation I’m giving everyone a savings of 10% off the prices shown until our Event Gala is over, Saturday September 2 at 6 PM. Oh, there is one exception……..my SHOWSTOPPER SPECIAL. In honor of Jack pushing timid, timid me into doing my very first show in Santa Fe 26 years ago, it will be presented with a 26% savings. As you scroll through the catalog look for the SHOWSTOPPER SPECIAL!  Please keep in mind, if you happen to fall in love with a piece that is already going to a new home I’ll be more than happy to collaborate with you on a similar painting.

Chef’s Special   20″ by 24″  $2,290 Gallery Wrap Style

Years ago in Nice, France Jack and I were sauntering along in the market when we saw a chef picking through field fresh produce at one of the stands. With cap low on his forehead and cloaked in a red chef’s jacket, he selected his prizes for the day with a slight smile dancing across his face. Jack and I tried to guess what his “Chef’s Special” would be!

Several of the pieces in my show are painted in the Gallery Wrap Style, with the painted image extending on to the sides of the canvas. If you would like to purchase one or more of my paintings for your collection please call the Santa Fe Art Collector Gallery.

505.988.5545

Simply Santa Fe  14″ x 14″  $790  Gallery Wrap Style   SOLD

Santa Fe is simply unique with rounded adobe and intriguing gates. I particularly love all of the folk art crosses seen around town. And HOT Chilis! Instead of the usual ristra I decided to add a basket of freshly picked peppers, ready to spice up a tasty Southwestern dish.


Winter’s Magic   20″ x 24″  $2,290 Gallery Wrap Style

Delighted laughs, the jingle of sleigh bells, happy barks, hoof beats in the snow and the chip, chip, chip of a cardinal. All add up to make the music of “Winter’s Magic”  in Santa Fe. Many have mentioned that the driver looks a little like Jack. Well….you are absolutely right. I found a picture of him in just the right pose. He’s modeled for me in several paintings over the years, my hero has always been Cowboy Jack. You may click on the picture to see it larger.

Ambassador of Joy   14″ x 14″  $790  Gallery Wrap Style

Roosters are such feisty little fellas; their crows welcoming the dawn of a new day spark joy in my soul.

Morning’s Song   20″ x 24″  $2,290  Gallery Wrap Style

And here is the new day our colorful little Rooster is celebrating! The soft light skipping across the clouds, landscape and courtyard garden is all part of God’s glorious “Morning’s Song”. 

Delivery of Sunshine  14″ x 14″  $790 Gallery Wrap Style  SOLD

Sissie, one of our rescue kitties, has to sniff everything. Jack often commented that he was surprised her little nose didn’t get worn out she sniffed so much! So I decided to have a kitten sitting on the window sill sniffing the Sunflowers. Some lucky person is going to receive a “Delivery of Sunshine”. What a happy surprise!  

Please remember, if you would like to add this or any of the other paintings to your collection the wonderful staff at Santa Fe Art Collector Gallery will be happy to assist you. AND…you will receive a 10% savings until September 2 at 6 PM. Just call:

505.988.5545

Garden Steps   14″ x 14″   $790  Gallery Wrap Style  SOLD

When I saw this delightful little wheelbarrow overflowing with flowers I immediately envisioned a painting. I’ll admit to changing the color from plain weathered wood to a pretty Santa Fe Turquoise!

Waiting for the Mail  20″ x 24″ $2,290 Gallery Wrap Style

I guess by now you’ve realized I love kitties. Their ability to sleep in any position absolutely grabs my artistic spirit. The mailman is late today so our sleepy little kitty decided to curl up in a comfortable spot and just take a nap. AHHHHH, life is good! 

The next few paintings are framed in our White Senkarik Signature Frame. It’s part of the canvas, very light, durable and easy to clean. Just use Windex and a lint free cloth.

Echoes of the Mediterranean    28.5″ x 36.5″   $5,990   SOLD 

White Senkarik Signature Frame: Outside Dimension 34″ x 42″

The sound of waves crashing against the rocky shore of Tuscany echoes off these ancient walls and flower pots reverberate with the beautiful azure color of the Mediterranean.

Exuberant Trio      24″ x 30″     $3,290     SOLD    

White Senkarik Signature Frame: Outside Dimension 30″ x 36″

Listen closely! Can’t you just hear the hearty splash as the horses race into the river with their happy snorts filling the crisp mountain air? One of the most fun parts of painting “Exuberant Trio” was capturing the shimmering reflections of the fall foliage, dancing on the rippling water.

SHOWSTOPPER SPECIAL!  26% Savings!

Cascade of Silver Lace      32″ x 42″    $6,990     SOLD  

White Senkarik Signature Frame: Outside Dimension 38″ x 48″

Wouldn’t you just love to wake up in the morning and mentally wander through this serene courtyard as you enjoy your cup of tea or coffee? To take advantage of this special offer please contact the Santa Fe Art Collector Gallery. Just call 505.988.5545

Dancing Light    24″ x 30″    $3,290  

White Senkarik Signature Frame: Outside Dimension 30″ x 36″

White stucco buildings, clay tile roofs, light dancing across sunny courtyards filled with flowers and splashing water fountains all cry out SPAIN! Valencia to be exact. You can even eat a fresh Valencia Orange right off the tree, MMMMMMMMM!

Refuge of Tranquility   30″ x 24″   Limited Original Giclee   #1/83    $1,990  

White Senkarik Signature Frame: Outside Dimension 36″ x 30″   

The subtle beauty of the Sonoran Desert is awesome, a wonderful backdrop to this colorful entry. A cheerful Rooster is waiting to welcome all his visitors! “Refuge of Tranquility” is one of my Limited Original Giclees on Canvas. I embellish each one with oil paint, repainting the flowers and adding special touches. Even though part of an edition each one is uniquely different, therefore the name Limited Originals. When viewed from a few feet away it’s difficult to distinguish from a Senkarik Original Oil Painting. 

Colorful Captivation   24″ x 30″  Limited Original Giclee   #2/49    $1,990  

White Senkarik Signature Frame: Outside Dimension 30″ x 36″  

Bring of touch of Santa Fe to your home: enjoy the bright Southwestern colors every day in your bedroom, kitchen, living room or office. Don’t miss the hummingbirds happily zipping in the air and squeaking! You may click on the picture to see them larger.

Fresh From the Field    12″ x 15″  Retail Value  $500  SOLD

We’ll be auctioning my Original Oil Palette Painting shown above, “Fresh From the Field”. To add to the excitement all bidding will begin at A PENNY! That’s right, ONLY 1 Cent!

Alert   16″ x 20″   Retail Value $500   SOLD

We’ll also have a signed and framed Print of Jack’s Original Oil Painting “ALERT” for auction. The bid on this piece also starts at ONE COPPER PENNY!

AND, you don’t have to be present at Our Collector Event to take part in the auction! You may phone in your bid. You will need to contact the Gallery in advance to let them know you’d like to join in the fun.

Just call: 505.988.5545

VIGNETTES: Visual Melodies from My Heart to Yours is a new series of art pieces I’ve started doing. I can’t carry a tune in a bucket but my paintbrush dances to the melodies of memories, playing in my heart. A vignette is a brief but inviting scene that leaves you wanting to experience more. 

These Original Oil Wash Vignette Drawings, based on sketches I made as Jack and I traveled the world, spill from the front of the canvas panel onto the sides. Enjoy the delight and excitement of the visual melodies singing from my brush, every time you view them in your home or office.

Wish I May, Wish I Might   10″ x 10″   $490   Original Vignette Oil Drawing

Old rock water wells are found everywhere in the hill country towns dotted across Italy. Wouldn’t it be fun if they could talk? Imagine the stories of unusual wishes you’d hear. Guess that’s why they can’t speak, no one is supposed to know!

Romantic Ride   10″ x 10″   $490   Original Vignette Oil Drawing  SOLD

Jack and I decided Venice is absolutely one of the most romantic places in the world. I’m sure most of you agree. How much more romantic can you get than whispering along in a gondola, gliding on hidden canals that gleam with the reflections of picturesque buildings?

Got Bluebonnets!  10″ x 10″   $490   Original Vignette Oil Drawing  SOLD

Texas and Spring Bluebonnets go together like Milk and Cookies. Or, as Jack would say, Warm Pecan Pie and Vanilla Ice Cream. For Texans, an old barn with a windmill mixed in is the “Icing on the Cake”!

Listen for the Bells   10″ x 10″   $490   Original Vignette Oil Drawing  SOLD

One of the most charming things we discovered in Tuscany was church bells pealing out their song an hour before sunset. This all began in the 1400’s when the gates of the walled towns would be locked at night; all residents needed to be inside. Bells would issue a warning, alerting farmers as well as others working in the surrounding areas to return back to the protection of the compound for the night. So “Listen for the Bells“!

Produce with a Little Bray   10″ x 10″   $490   Original Vignette Oil Drawing  SOLD

Santorini, Greece is another special place, close to our hearts. Who doesn’t fall in love with the cute little donkeys, serving as the local freight trucks that nimbly navigate the steep, twisting lanes!

Palms of Mallorca   10″ x 10″   $490   Original Vignette Oil Drawing

The quaint hill towns on the island of Mallorca, one of the stars of the Mediterranean, have a sunny personality.  The crisp white buildings sparkle against an azure ocean backdrop as fronds of majestic palms play lyrical tunes in the gentle breeze.

Asleep on the Job   10″ x 10″   $490   Original Vignette Oil Drawing  SOLD

This little guy has really been working in the garden, he’s pooped! Tigger doesn’t have a clue he’s getting a close inspection by Mr. Chippers!

Girls, Horses and the Secrets They Share   10″ x 10″   $490   Original Vignette Oil Drawing

‘Nuf said!

Spellbound   10″ x 10″   $490   Original Vignette Oil Drawing   SOLD

Early one morning about 6 months ago I heard the notes of a flute wafting gently in the fresh, cool air. Peeking over the fence from my deck I saw Josiah sitting on the curb, playing the beautiful song. As I watched, Mr. Business, our neighbor’s kitten, hesitantly approached. Then he sat…..transfixed! Both feline and I were “Spellbound”. I couldn’t bring myself to leave long enough to get the camera, I snapped pictures in my mind. When he was finished, Josiah reached out, rubbed his admirer, got up and headed for school. What a gift from Our Lord, an incredible beginning to my new day. God does provide what we need!

So if you are in the Santa Fe area, please come join us on September 1 and 2 for our 26th Annual TEAM SENKARIK Collector Event at the Santa Fe Art Collector Gallery. It’s always a BUNCH OF FUN! The Gallery has an opening Reception for me on Friday from 4 to 6 PM. Then our BIG DEAL Collector Event is on Saturday, starting at 3 PM. It will last until 6 PM or however long everyone wants to hang out and visit. I’d love to see you, give you a big Texas sized hug and personally thank you for being on my Team!  

DON’T FORGET, I’m giving everyone a savings of 10% off the prices shown until our Event Gala is over, Saturday September 2 at 6 PM. And a 26% savings on the SHOWSTOPPER. But you better act quickly! Call 505.988.5545 to add any of these pieces to your collection. HUGS,

Serenade of Mallorca

August 29, 2017

The mixes for the fountain are laid out on my palette. #1. White + Ultramarine Blue. #2. Two shades of Viridian Green + MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White. #3. Three combinations in varying proportions of Viridian Green + MUD + Cadmium Orange + White.

The base and bowl are blocked in first.

The top portion of the fountain has a “Pineapple” design. The entire surface is painted first, then I draw the design into the wet paint with my fine liner brush. The different sections are highlighted according to how much light coming in from the right illuminates them.

African Daisies nestle along the base of our fountain. The blossoms are initially blocked in with mixes of Cadmium Red Deep, Cadmium Red Light, some of the Pink mixes from the Bougainvillea and Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson. 

Grey-green leaves made of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White offer a nice compliment to the red, pink and oranges of the blossoms.

Painting the centers is a 3 step process. #1. The Daisies before centers are added. #2. A dark center is made with a mix of MUD + Liquin. #3. A dot of Cadmium Yellow Medium in made in the middle of the dark. #4. A smaller dot of MUD is then pinpointed in the center of the Yellow one. To see this better just click on the picture and the image will enlarge.

Water falling from the upper bowl into the base below is dragged, straight down. I let the brush skip over the thick, bumpy paint underneath. This helps give the impression the water moving.

Serenade of Mallorca      24″ x 30″  

Wouldn’t it be fun to live here, enjoying that view every time you walked through the courtyard? I’d never leave! WELL…..except maybe to go down to the beach and play in the surf! I appreciate you visiting my studio and following along. HUGS, 

Planting!!!!

August 28, 2017

Pink Bougainvilleas cascade over the tile roof and wall of the courtyard. Combinations of Permanent Rose + White are used for this brilliant vine. It’s blocked in following my usual sequence of Flowers First, Leaves Last. On the right side I’m beginning to add the foliage.

A smaller Bright (Square) brush is used to make the individual bracts shimmering in the sunlight. By giving the brush a little twist as I apply the paint a round shape is formed.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Geraniums – Part 1

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Geraniums – Part 2

Now the Geranium pots are filled we’ll concentrate on the Valencia Orange Tree. Like the flowers, I paint the oranges first. Then the leaves are blocked in around the oranges, helping to define their shapes. The leaves are mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + a touch of Lemon Yellow + White.

Geraniums are planted at the base of the Orange Tree. The heart shaped leaves of a Sweet Potato Vine also spill out of the square, terra cotta container.

The floor is still wet, making it easy to draw the long tendrils of the Sweet Potato Vine with a fine liner brush. You may click on the image to see it larger.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Sunflowers – Part 1

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Sunflowers – Part 2

The Red Door is well adorned with bright, happy flowers. In our next session we’ll build the water fountain! Hope you’ll come follow along. HUGS, 

Mallorcan Courtyard Floor

August 27, 2017

First of all, I’m safe and sound, God spared us from any damage by Hurricane Harvey. But please continue to keep those who were hit harder in your hearts and prayers. OK, my paint is mixed and we’re ready to start on the floor. #1. Two shades of Cadmium Orange + Pthalo Blue + White. #2. A couple of blues from the ocean. #3. All the rest of the mixtures are combinations in various proportions of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + White. Isn’t it awesome all the varieties you can obtain by mixing only 3 colors?

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION:

Painting the Tile Floor Part I

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION:

Painting the Tile Floor Part II

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION:

Painting the Tile Floor Part III

Here’s a closeup of the finished floor. Notice how the blues on the tiles near the back make them recede.

A little Cadmium Red Light leftover from the door is added into the floor mixes to make the terra cotta wall planters. The wrought iron brackets are then drawn into the wet paint with a mix of MUD + Liquin. 

A large square container will hold the Valencia Orange. We’ll plant that in our next session, if you’ll don some gardening gloves you can help me out! HUGS,

Hurricane Harvey

August 25, 2017

Just a quick update. I’m sure many of you have heard of the storm approaching Texas….San Antonio should be OK. We may get a lot of rain and some strong winds but the worst of the storm will be going to the east of us. However, please keep all of those people in Harvey’s path in your prayers. I grew up in Florida, so I know the fear and unrest that fills your heart when you have to evacuate for hurricanes. And how it feels, not knowing what you’ll find on your return. Pray for Our Lord to calm His frightened children, giving them the and courage to face this storm. Hugs,

Walls, Roof ‘n Red Door

August 24, 2017

Let’s get to work constructing that building! The ancient walls are painted with combinations in varying proportions of Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + MUD (Alizarin Crimson + Ultramarine Blue) + White.

Some of the same mixes, with a little more Ultramarine Blue added, are used for the low wall at the far edge of the terrace.

A fun touch is “Braiding” the trunk of the Valencia Orange Tree. You may click on this or any of the other images to see them larger.

The entire surface of the roof is painted first. Then I come back to paint the rounded ends of the individual tiles with my square “Bright” brush. All I have to do is give the brush, that is dipped in a mix of MUD + Liquin, a little twist and PRESTO…..a round shape.

The same paint is used for the bricks lining the tops of the arches.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION:

Painting the Red Door Part I

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION:

Painting the Red Door Part II

Even at this point you can see how the warmth of the Red Door sends the cool blues of the water in the distance ZOOMING BACK! And…..the painting will have much more depth as we complete the floor and bright flowers. Hope you’ll come follow the progress. HUGS, 

 

Sunny Sky, Azure Water

August 22, 2017

 

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting begins with the sunny sky.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Now for the azure Water!

The isle of Sa Dragonera is blocked in with varying mixes of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + a tiny bit of Pthalo Blue + a touch of Cadmium Orange + White. Some of the blue from the water is added into the shadows to make them cooler.

After the bluffs of La Trapa are roughed in the sandy beach at their base is painted with combinations of White + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue. Please remember as you read my blog, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

Waves crash against the craggy rocks. Listen closely, I bet you can hear the song of the surf! I had planned to post this blog last night after the solar eclipse yesterday afternoon. But…..my dear Molly (one of our two rescue kitties) wasn’t feeling well; I had to take her to the vet instead. So after two shots and a subcutaneous IV she’s back home. Seems she and Sissie got into a tussle; Molly had an infection from a scratch. I’m armed with 10 days worth of Antibiotic drops to give her so all is well. She’ll be back to herself in a few days. BUT….to get around to my story about the solar eclipse. I had the special glasses and was all prepared to view the moon slipping in front of the sun. I was in and out enjoying the progress. At 1:09 PM, the time of our most complete view I stepped out the door and noticed the shadow of our oak tree on the sidewalk. It was full of little crescents!

Here is a picture.

And a close-up. The crescents are exactly the same as the crescent of the sun showing from behind the moon. 

Here is the shadow after the sun was entirely back to normal. All I can figure is the light coming through the tiny openings between the tree leaves acted like the pin hole viewer that people made to watch the eclipse! I know there are some of you who are more scientifically knowledgeable than I am. WHAT DO YOU THINK??????? With Puzzled Hugs,