Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Finished - Barn Owl watercolor

Presenting Barn Owl. I finished this one up this morning. Hope you like it! Stay tuned for the start of a new large painting of an osprey that I've been excited about doing for some time. It should be an ambitious project for me...

Barn Owl, watercolor, 5 x 7

Monday, September 28, 2009

Fungus Among Us

Yesterday, my husband Jimmy returned from a walk in the park and insisted that I needed to see this awesome fungi he had spotted. He told me exactly where to look, so this morning I took a little break from painting and went to investigate this fungus. My loyal buddy Max joined me. Max found it right away. Here he is all happy he found it for me. Good boy Max!

Jimmy was right, it was an interesting fungus. I've never seen one like it before. Does anyone know what kind it is?

Here's a closeup. Lovely isn't it?

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Latest Progress - Barn Owl

Here's the latest progress after a day of painting today. I'm enjoying painting the beautiful abstract patterns in the plumage, but I have to be careful to make sure the pattern is flowing in the right direction so as to follow the owl's form correctly.

Monday, September 21, 2009

New WIP - Barn Owl in watercolor

Here's a little 5 x 7 watercolor study of a barn owl I started recently. As I typically do with these intimate studies, I started with the eye first and radiated outwards. The facial area is pretty much done here. I laid in an abstract drippy wash for the background letting a mixture of Payne's gray, burnt sienna, and some violet mingle together and do its thing. I spattered some of this mixture on too with an old stiff brush.

Finished - Pronghorn painting

So sorry for my long abscence from the blog. As some of you know, I was recently laid off from my day job so I've been busy with the hassles of filing for unemployment and looking for a new job, which seems to be a job in itself. Wish I was able to support myself on my paintings alone, but it's just not possible right now. Ahh...someday. Until then, I'll keep working hard and do what I have to do. Ok, enough of this downer stuff about being unemployed...You may remember I was working on a painting of a pronghorn...well, here it is all finished! Hope you like it!

Presenting Resting Pronghorn...

Resting Pronghorn, acrylic on panel, 11 x 20

Resting Pronghorn (detail)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Heading off

I'm heading off to Kansas tomorrow for this weekend's big opening festivities for the Society of Animal Artists Art and the Animal exhibition. Should be a fun time. I am looking forward to viewing the beautiful art, seeing my friends, and meeting fellow members. Speaking of the show, in this month's Western Art Collector magazine, they have written a nice article about the show and I was honored that my piece was included as part of the write-up. I've included the article below.