Monday, June 22, 2009

New WIP - Red-legged Honeycreeper Oil Painting

Here's the start of my latest painting - a male red-legged honeycreeper. This piece will measure 12 x 6. These small birds are members of the tanager family. Males are a brilliant violet-blue with turquoise crowns and the females are green. I'm using reference from my incredible trip last year to Trinidad. The Society of Animal Artists awarded me with the Don Eckelberry Scholarship Award allowing me to travel to the Asa Wright Nature Center to observe first-hand the many beautiful birds found there. It was truly a bird lover's paradise! I'm so thankful to the SAA for awarding me with this wonderful experience. I hope to return again someday. I feel somewhat guilty that I am just now getting the chance to finally do some paintings inspired from that trip, but other painting commitments just kept me from starting. Better late than never I guess. I'm experimenting with loose brushwork in the background leaves while keeping the bird in tight detail. Please let me know what you think in the comments.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Finished - Black Wolf Oil Painting

Finished this one up this afternoon on what is a hot, muggy day here in MD. What a fun little painting this was! I wish the photo I took really conveyed the pops of colors better, especially in the darks, but this was as good as I could get it after tweaking the image in Photoshop. It looks better in person, trust me :)

I think I will be sending this one off to a small works show in Colorado.

Black Wolf
, 5 x 7, oil on canvas, SOLD

Monday, June 8, 2009

New WIP - Black Wolf Oil Painting

This is just a little something I started this past weekend. I had a 5 x 7 gallery wrap canvas laying around and decided to play around with oils on it. It was great fun to paint fur for a change! I painted 3 back-to-back bird paintings before this so it was a much-needed break. It was also nice to just loosen up and experiment. I like some of the effects going on with this one. My hope is that I don't blow the spontaneity and add too much detail.

This is Saturday's work...

...and this is Sunday's work. I used an old credit card to scratch out some hairs from the wet paint. It's hard to tell from this photo, but there is alot more colors in the blacks.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Finished - Screech Owl Commission

I finished this one up last night. It needs a coat of varnish and then it's off to the framer and on to its new home along with High Roost.

Screech, acrylic, 7x5, SOLD