Sunday, November 30, 2014

New WIP: Otter Painting

Last week, I started work on an otter painting in oil. This piece has been on my mind for awhile, but I struggled to get the right reference. About a year ago, I finally got decent reference of an otter swimming. I'm excited about this piece because I love otters and love painting water. It will be challenging to paint the moving water, reflections of the overhead trees, and the wet sheen of the otter's coat. Really hoping this one turns out well. Click images below to enlarge.
WIP 1 - The ugly block-in stage.
I loosely sketched this in with oils thinned with mineral spirits.
WIP 2 - The next layer starts to go on. This layer is where I refine my sketch and start to loosely add some detail.
I started work on the otter's head and the lower right portion of the water.  
WIP 2 - Detail

Male White-necked Jacobin

Here is the companion piece to Female White-necked Jacobin mentioned in my last post... Male White-necked Jacobin. He and his mate are available for purchase at:

6" Squared Show & Sale 
Costa Mesa, California

November 12 - December 31, 2014

Opening Reception
December 6, 2014
6 - 9 PM

Paintings may also be viewed and purchased online at:
http://www.dailybrushwork.com/home.aspx 

**My paintings are on page 34**
Male White-necked Jacobin, 6x6, oil
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Female White-necked Jacobin (L) and Male White-necked Jacobin (R)
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Finished: Female White-necked Jacobin

I apologize for posting this so late, but here is the finished work, Female White-necked Jacobin. She is available for purchase at:

6" Squared Show & Sale 
Costa Mesa, California

November 12 - December 31, 2014
Opening Reception
December 6, 2014
6 - 9 PM

Paintings may also be viewed and purchased online at:
http://www.dailybrushwork.com/home.aspx 

**My paintings are on page 34**
Female White-necked Jacobin, 6x6, oil
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

New WIP - Female White Necked Jacobin

After working on two back-to-back large pieces, I've decided to work on a much smaller scale. It's always a nice break for me and something different to keep it fun and interesting. Coincidentally, I've been also thinking of entering a small works show that's coming up in the next few months. I thought a pair of White-necked Jacobins would be fun to paint and perfect for the small scale, so I poured through my reference photos from my Trinidad trip back in 2008. What an adventure that was! Jacobins are a fairly large hummingbird (approx. 4.5" long). Yesterday, I started work on the female...
WIP - Female White-necked Jacobin, 6 x 6, oil
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Finished - Snowy Owl Painting "Arctic Visitor"

I finally finished the snowy owl piece. It was inspired by the snowy owl that came through our area last December. I depicted her hunting the edge of a corn field covered in snow melt that had frozen over. I spent several very chilly days photographing her with numb fingers but it was worth it. She was beautiful. Hope you like it.
Arctic Visitor, 24 x 24, oil.
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Detail of Arctic Visitor.
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Sunday, August 3, 2014

WIP - Snowy Owl Update 2

Here's where I left off on the snowy owl yesterday. The image is cropped because I only worked on the top portion of the painting. As you can see, the owl's plumage pattern is all in. I will need to go back later and refine some parts of the owl but for now, I've moved on to the rest of the piece. Yesterday, I worked on the dark twigs and the snow peeking through them. I also started to work on the dried clumps of grasses. Today, I'm attacking some of the snow and ice.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

New WIP - Snowy Owl

Recently, I started work on a new painting inspired by a northern visitor who briefly came through the area back in December...a snowy owl. She was beautiful. The first wild one I had ever seen. She was hunting a nearby field, a mere 3 miles from my house. Her stay was brief; 3 or 4 days before she moved on. For most of those days, I went out in the morning and evening to photograph her along with many other photographers. It was bitterly cold. The kind of cold that numbs your fingers in no time, but I wouldn't have missed her for the world. She caused quite a bit of attention. Word spread quickly. Birders from all over came to catch a glimpse of her.

For my painting, I chose to compose her in a section of corn field with snow melt that had frozen over. It made an interesting abstract design that I liked. Using thinned oils, I roughed in my sketch. No details yet, just establishing values and laying out shapes.

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Below, you can see a close-up of the owl itself in progress. Her plumage has proved to be quite challenging. The black barring is essential to get correct because it follws the form of the owl.

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