Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Happy Holidays!

May you and yours have a joyous holiday season and a wonderful 2010, wherever you are. Thank you for your interest and support of my art and for following along this past year.

Till next year...

Hornbill Continued...and a Visitor

Here's what the hornbill looks like this morning as it sits on my desk. I finished up the skin around the throat area last night so I'm all done with the wrinkly skin...YAY! Now I can move on to the feathers. There's still some more work to be done on the bill as well.

I love painting birds and animals in snow. After the beautiful snowfall we had here in MD the other day, I could not resist snapping some photos of songbirds right outside my kitchen window. Perhaps they will end up in some future paintings. A couple of my cardinal paintings were done from reference taken right from my kitchen window. After shooting many photos, and I was about to call it quits, the birds scattered all of the sudden and I knew one of our resident hawks must be nearby. Sure enough, a young Cooper's hawk flew into one of our azalea bushes after a bird. He came up empty (poor thing) and then perched atop the birdfeeder for a few minutes shaking his tail. I snapped away! What a beautiful bird. I will definitely paint a study of him. Raptors will always hold my fascination.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Hornbill WIP continued

Since the last post, I locked in on finishing the eye area. The eye, lashes, and wrinkles are now completed. This was a slow, tedious process; the wrinkles were time consuming and the lashes were painted one by one. Painted at this size, shadows and highlights are apparent on the lashes. I paid attention to rounding the shadows as they wrap around the lashes. I've since moved down to the throat area which you can see the start of.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Small Works - Big Impressions Exhibition 2009 Online Catalog

The Society of Animal Artists "Small Works - Big Impressions" Show & Sale held annually at The Wildlife Experience in Parker, CO is now viewable online in this comprehensive online catalog. If you see something you like, contact The Wildlife Experience. There's still time for Christmas delivery! Yours truly has 2 paintings in the show on pages 107 and 108.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

New WIP - Southern Ground Hornbill

This is my latest on the easel. It is a watercolor of a Southern ground hornbill that I photographed at the Philadelphia Zoo. These are the largest species of hornbills and they hail from Southern Africa. I am depicting the bird larger-than-life on a full sheet of Strathmore 300 lb. paper. I thought it would be fun to paint this bird with all its wonderful details up close and personal: the wrinkles of its skin patches, the long eyelashes, and all the lovely worn textures on its beak. What character this bird has! This is my progress so far: