Sunday, April 20, 2014

New WIP: Bison

Currently on my easel is this big fella. I love painting animals in or near water because I love painting water. So when I photographed this bison bull crossing this stream in Yellowstone I knew it would become a future painting. This painting will be completed in oils and measures 18x36. I started the painting by toning the panel down with a thinned acrylic burnt sienna. Then, I started loosely blocking the bison in with oils thinned with mineral spirits.

Here's a detail shot of the bison in the initial block-in phase. 
This is the whole painting blocked in and ready for detail. 
This is how the painting currently looks. Details have been added to the bison and work has started on the grasses.

Finished: A Distant Howl

I finally finished the wolf piece I started many moons ago. This was one of those pieces I had to keep putting aside not because of lack of inspiration, but because other more pressing projects came up, including a major commission. This painting was actually completed a few months ago, but I'm just now getting around to posting it. I hope you like it. This wolf has been alerted by a distant howl. Is it a rival or is he being alerted by his pack to come join in a hunt? I'll let the viewer decide.
A Distant Howl, 12x16, Oil on linen

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Finished - Barn Owl Watercolor

Here's one last WIP shot of the barn owl watercolor...

WIP #3
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...and here is the finished piece! Barn owls are also known as "ghost owls" so I've decided to call this piece "Graveyard Ghost". Hope you like it.

Graveyard Ghost, 30x22, watercolor
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Sunday, February 9, 2014

WIP 2: Owl in Cemetary Watercolor

This is not the best photo as I took this photo inside, but you'll at least be able to see my progress. Since my last post, I've laid in most of the owl. He needs some fine tuning...his markings are not finished, the feet need attention, and edges need to be softened. I thought the sky needed some more drama, so I started to add in some clouds and streaks across the sky. Not much has been done on the monument other than the hand and a portion of the robe.
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Sunday, February 2, 2014

New WIP: Barn Owl in Cemetary Watercolor

I've started a new watercolor. It's been a awhile since I've done one. My watercolors are very time-consuming as I put a lot of detail into them. This one will be no exception. The idea for this piece came about as I was out one evening photographing a snowy owl that had come down from the north to hunt in a field just a few miles from my house. This field is across from a cemetary. I had been parking my car there while taking shots of the snowy. One evening, I walked back to the car and one of the monuments in the cemetary caught my eye; it was a monument of Christ looking over the deceased with this gorgeous green moss growing down the side of his head and down his robe. I love when nature takes over man-made objects. The patinas, rust, and moss that take over are beautiful...and fun to paint. I knew I wanted to paint this. But what bird would I put in the piece? I decided on a barn owl. They are known as "ghost owls"...rather appropriate for a cemetary scene. I thought it would be a cool idea to have my ghost owl fly off from the monument's head as it takes off for its evening hunt.
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WIP 1 - Detail of Christ monument

Friday, January 31, 2014

Raven Drawing

Earlier this month, I completed this drawing of a raven that I photographed in Yellowstone near the Fishing Bridge area. He and his compadre posed quite nicely for me on a sign. This piece was done entirely with charcoal; both vine charcoal and charcoal pencils were used. I used just a little white charcoal too. It was great fun to do. I have not done a graphite drawing in a LONG time and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed doing them. I think I will try to do more of these when I get the chance. I sold this one off of my Facebook fanpage in an auction. If you are on Facebook, check out my page. I post upcoming shows, news, and other stuff going on with my art. From time to time, I auction off pieces as well such as this raven.

WIP - Raven
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Raven, 9x12, Charcoal on Arches hot press watercolor paper

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Moose Commission #2 Finished!

I finished this one up last weekend actually. Due to the weather and being away for work, I was unable to get outside and get a decent photo of it until this morning. This was a challenging piece, particularly because most of my reference was in indirect lighting. My client wanted a brighter looking day so I worked from many references. I hope they like it.
Moose and calf commission - 24x30, oil
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