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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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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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: 

**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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