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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Finished: Red-Bellied Woodpecker

I's been awhile since I've posted any updates. I assure you I've been painting away! I've been working during this time on a piece I could not share with you, as it will be featured in a magazine at a later date. I got a little off-track on the blog posts because of it. I realized I never shared with you the finished Red-Bellied he is! Hope you like him.
Red-Bellied Woodpecker, 8 x 8, Oil on 2" Cradled Ampersand Gessobord
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Sunday, March 22, 2015

WIP 2: Red-bellied Woodpecker

I took this progress shot this morning before I started to work today. As you can see, I've started to refine the details in the bark of the tree and I painted in the black barring on the bird. I made good progress today, but did not finish. The bark took longer than I expected. I used a ratty, old brush with stray hairs to help depict the bark and moss growing on the tree. One more sitting and I will be finished.
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Saturday, March 21, 2015

New WIP: Red-bellied Woodpecker

Currently on the easel, is this small oil painting of a Red-bellied woodpecker. This piece measures 8x8. I'm trying to complete a few small, affordable pieces of local birds for an upcoming show later this summer in my hometown. I will keep you posted on the details as I know more. I started this piece by toning the surface with a thinned acrylic mix of pyrole orange and a touch of white. You can see it peeking through on the unfinished bird. The bark was then loosely roughed in with oils thinned with mineral spirits and the bird was started.
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