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.
WIP 1
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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
SOLD

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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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Thursday, November 28, 2013

WIP: Moose Commission #2

Happy Thanksgiving! (To those who celebrate it.) Here's what the moose painting looked like before I started work on it today. I hope to get a lot done on it during this holiday weekend.
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Sunday, November 17, 2013

New WIP: Moose Commission #2

Over the last few weeks I've been working on another moose painting in oil. This is the second of a pair that a collector of mine commissioned me to paint. The first piece was of a bull moose in a mountain setting which you can see here in an earlier post. For this piece, the collector wanted a cow moose and calf crossing water with a beaver lodge off in the distance. I have not blocked the lodge in yet, but you can see where I lightly pencilled it in on the right hand side of the piece just to the left of the clumps of grass lining the riverbank. I am working from many different references for this painting as this scene does not really exist. The collector had specific requests for the scenery so I had to compose the painting using parts of different references. I am also referring to different reference just for lighting. My main reference photo is in overcast conditions; however, my client wants a sunny day. It's been challenging to say the least, but I think it's coming along. Like the bull moose painting, this one measures 24x30.

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