Thursday, May 28, 2009

Havre de Grace Art Crawl - Painting Demo

For those in the Harford County MD area, I will be doing a painting demo from 2:30 - 5:00 pm at Arts by the Bay Gallery this Sunday May 31st as part of the Havre de Grace, Downtown Art Crawl. I will be working on the screech owl which I've been sharing with you most recently on my blog. The gallery is located at 500 B Warren Street in Havre de Grace. I have donated a giclee print to the gift basket, so be sure to enter to win!

Sunset Over Bush River; this giclee print will be included in the gift basket.

Havre de Grace Downtown Art Crawl

Sunday May 31st

12:00 - 5:oo pm

Come and enjoy a day filled with Art in Downtown Havre de Grace! As you stroll downtown Havre de Grace enjoy the great music of local musicians, free art demonstrations by local artists and much more! Get your flyer stamped at all the participating stores and galleries listed on the flyer for the chance to win an incredible gift basket! The gift basket will be raffled off at 3:00 pm in the Havre de Grace Visitor Center Lobby. For more information contact The Art Rooms Professional Art Supplies at 410-939-6424.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

More Progress on the Screech Owl

A little more progress on the screech owl. More details were added on the owl's facial feathers, his eyes, and beak. The head is finished at this point. I'm starting to fill in the background now with the pine branches he's nestled in.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Latest Progress - Screech Owl Commission

Work continues on the screech owl. I picked up a nasty cold earlier this week, making me feel miserable; so I'm not as far along as I'd like to be. I'm hoping to get alot done during this holiday weekend. I have started to loosely add the pine needles and I've been building up layers of color and details on the owl.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

WIP - Screech Owl Commission

Here is the progress so far on my second owl commission. This one is of a red phase eastern screech owl in a pine. Like the first one - High Roost, this one measures 7x5 inches and is being painted in acrylics. Right now, it's just in the blocking-in phase, not alot of detail yet with the exception of the eyes. They are almost near completion. I gravitate to the eyes first on most paintings, but especially so with these portrait type pieces. When I am painting an up-close intimate view of a bird or animal it's critical for me to get the eyes right before I can move on in the piece. So much of what these pieces are about are capturing the subject's soul, personality, and spirit through their eyes.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Good News - Work to be Included in Major Exhibition

Yesterday, I received jury results from the Society of Animal Artists' Annual Exhibition and from Birds in Art - 2 biggies in the animal art world. I got the "big" envelope from the SAA but sadly not from Birds in Art. The competition is tough in both of these major shows. I am delighted and proud though that I was able to get into one! My grizzly cub painting Bear Clawin' was chosen for the 49th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists, to be displayed from September 5 through November 1, 2009 at Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure in Salina, KS.

Bear Clawin', acrylic, 11x14

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Finished - Great Horned Owl Commission

I put the finishing touches on the great horned owl this morning. I'm calling this one High Roost. I hope my client likes it! On to the next one - a screech owl. Look for its start here soon.

High Roost - Great Horned Owl, acrylic, 7x5, SOLD