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 Motel...you 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 apologize...it'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 Woodpecker...here 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.
WIP 2
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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.
WIP 1
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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Common Yellowthroat

I recently finished this oil painting of a Common Yellowthroat. Sorry I have no work in progress shots to share; this one went fairly quickly and the weather outside was uncooperative for photos along the way. I observed and photographed this guy last spring while birding at Cape May, NJ. He was hard to photograph because he was constantly moving through a thick marshy area. I followed him for quite awhile until finally my patience paid off and he posed out in the open on a reed. For my painting, I kept the background loose and simple to keep the focus on the bird.

Common Yellowthroat, 16x8, Oil on 2" Cradled Gessobord.
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Common Yellowthroat (Detail).
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Monday, March 2, 2015

Finished: Otter Painting

Whew.. this otter piece was a challenging bugger and it took a long time...but here it finally is! Hope you like it.

Wet n' Wild, 36x18, oil on panel.
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Wet n' Wild (Detail)
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Sunday, January 11, 2015

WIP: Update on Otter Painting

I'm slowly, but surely making progress on the otter painting. I knew going into this one that it would be a challenge...and it certainly has been. I like to push myself though, because I want to keep growing as an artist. This is essentially an abstract piece as the majority of the painting is moving water. At times, the ripples drive me mad, but most of the time I get into sort of a zone with the water. It's easy for me to lose myself in this one... I lose track of time and realize I have not eaten all day!

I'm being mindful of keeping the shapes of the ripples simplified. Even though they do not look very simplified, trust me they are! There's so much more information in my reference photo. I'm editing and refining the shapes as I go; deciding what stays in and what can be left out. I hope you are enjoying this piece so far...

WIP: Otter painting.
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