Thursday, July 31, 2008

New painting - Bear Clawin'

Just prior to starting my blog, I completed this piece. This is another entry for the Mountain Oyster Club Art Show. Forgive me, but I did not think to take pictures of this one in progress. My model for this piece was Rose, a grizzly cub from the Triple D Game Farm in Kalispell, MT. This cub was a bundle of energy! It was hard to focus my camera on her because she ran and played so much. She was a cutie! This was one of her quieter moments, playfully clawing at a tree. Enjoy!

Bear Clawin', acrylic, 11"x14"

Thursday, July 24, 2008

2008 Kentucky National Wildlife Art Exhibit

I am proud to announce that my watercolor "A Look Back" has been selected for the 2008 Kentucky National Wildlife Art Exhibit in Henderson, Kentucky. It is one of 76 pieces selected from 26 states to be included in this biannul exhibition. The exhibition runs from September 27th through November 7th at the Henderson Fine Arts Center. The scenery depicted is in Susquehanna State Park in Havre de Grace, MD. This is in the Steppingstone area of the park which was a former farm. Whitetail deer are abundant in the park so they were appropriate wildlife subjects for my painting. I love the light in the early evening, how everything just glows; it's my favorite time to be in the park. This was one of those evenings...

A Look Back, watercolor, 13.5"x18"

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Welcome

I have finally decided to take the plunge and start my blog. It's my hope that this blog will keep my friends, family, collectors, (and anyone else that may be interested) up-to-date on what's going on in my artist life. I am going to try and post my paintings in progress as they go through their ugly stages all the way to completion...that is, if they don't hit the trashcan first! So, for my first work in progress... This is a little 10"x10" oil painting of a calf that I started recently. If it turns out well, I hope to enter it in the Mountain Oyster Club Art Show in AZ. Those that know me, know that I typically don't paint domestic animals very often, but this calf was a handsome character worthy of painting.

I started off toning the canvas with an acrylic underpainting of burnt sienna & burnt umber. I then added a thin coat of retouch varnish to the canvas to bring back some gloss.

Starting to work in oil now, working from top to bottom.