Monday, July 4, 2016

It's Not Easy Being Green

While visiting Bosque del Apache NWR earlier this year, I saw a frog sunning itself on some fallen reeds. I liked the abstract pattern of the reeds in the shallow water and the fairly limited color scheme of the scene. I often look for patterns like this in nature. They make for interesting painting compositions. I also wanted to bring attention to the frog, an animal that could easily be overlooked by most. The lyrics to the song "Bein' Green" inspired the title of the painting:

You see, it's not easy being green
It seems to blend in with so many other ordinary things
And then, sometimes, sometimes people pass over you
Because you're not standing out like sparkles on the water
Or like the stars in the sky...
I toned the canvas with Gamblin Transparent Earth Orange. The sketch was laid in directly with paint; I used burnt sienna and some ultramarine blue thinned w/Gamsol mineral spirits. 
Next, I started to block-in colors and shapes, refining and editing the drawing as I went.  The entire background was kept loose and thinly painted. This added to the effect that the reeds were slightly submerged in water. All the detail was kept to the subject, the frog.
It's Not Easy Being Green, 16x10 oil on linen panel.
Detail - It's Not Easy Being Green

Monday, June 6, 2016

Abyssinian Hornbill, 12x12, oil on linen panel SOLD

This piece recently sold during a special online sale of African animal art organized by the Society of Animal Artists (SAA) and the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF). 40% of the sales price will go to the important conservation efforts of AWF.
ABYSSINIAN HORNBILL, 12x12, oil on linen panel
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Friday, December 11, 2015

Finished: Alaskan Brown Bear

Excited to finally share with you my finished Alaskan brown bear piece. I hope you enjoy it!
ALASKAN BRUIN, 24x36, oil on Ampersand Gessobord
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Sunday, November 8, 2015

WIP: Alaskan Brown Bear

Back in July of this year, I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Alaska. I wanted to see the Alaskan brown bears, so scheduled a trip to see them in Katmai National Park. I spent five incredible days with these bears at Hallo Bay. It was the trip of a lifetime. This painting is the first of many I'm sure that I will paint from this adventure. This bear is a young boar (male bear) that I witnessed kill a sow's cub. It was heartbreaking to see, but that's the harsh reality of nature. He didn't get to keep his kill, as a much bigger and older boar ran him off his kill. Shortly after, I photographed this guy crossing through some water. It was the shot I had been waiting for...a big boar in gorgeous early evening light, reflecting in water. I knew I would paint him. Here are a few pictures of the piece in progress. Click on the images to enlarge.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Exhibition Opening at Blue Heron Gifts, Havre de Grace, MD

The Blue Heron is a unique gift shop in Havre de Grace, Maryland which features artwork by local artists. Starting today, I will be the featured artist from October through December. I will have originals, some prints, and even a few pieces of photography available. Several of the pieces will depict local birds that inhabit the area. The show opens October 10th with a reception from 6 - 9 pm where you can meet me. Blue Heron is located at 454-456 Franklin Street (across from Coakley's Pub), Havre de Grace, MD 21078. Fall hours starting Sept 20th: open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 11am to 6pm, Friday and Saturday 11am to 7pm, Sunday Noon to 5pm. Closed Tuesday. FMI: 410-939-6129.
GREAT BLUE, 8x10, oil on Ampersand Gessobord

CHICK-A-DEE-DEE-DEE, 6x8, oil on 2" cradled Ampersand Gessobord

Finished: Wood Duck

I'm bad...I apologize I've been away from my blog for a bit. I much prefer painting! Here is the finished wood duck drake. I titled this On Thin Ice. This piece is for an exciting exhibition in March 2016. More details when the time nears. 
ON THIN ICE, 20x16, oil on linen

Saturday, June 20, 2015

New WIP: Wood Duck

I am currently working on a 20 x 16 oil painting of a male wood duck. This dashing fellow was hanging out with another male at a pond near my work this past winter, at of all places, a Super 8 just never know where you'll encounter wildlife! I spent many lunch breaks taking photos and sketching them. We had a rough, cold winter, so the ice hung around for awhile. I loved when the ducks would climb out of the water and stand on the thin ice. This is what inspired this piece. It's got some favorite elements I like to depict: water, reflections, and a gorgeous bird.
WIP 1: Underpainting.
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WIP 2: Block-in stage.
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