Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Red-legged Honeycreeper Oil Painting

Finally, here is the finished image of the male red-legged honeycreeper. Sorry it took so long to post. The blues in the painting were very difficult to photograph. I took it to get professionally scanned and it took them some tweaking as well to get the colors just right. This piece is painted on a 12 x 6 Ampersand 2" cradled Gessobord, so it will not need to be framed. These cradled panels have a nice contemporary feel to them. I hope you like it.

Red-legged Honeycreeper, oil on 12 x 6 Ampersand 2" cradled Gessobord

Monday, July 20, 2009

Bosque Art Classic Preview

The entire 2009 Bosque Art Classic is now available for previewing in an online gallery. My piece Driftwood Perch is located under the watercolor category.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Update 2 on Female Cardinal Painting

Today's work. Still working on the branches. Refining needles, pinecones, and other details at this point. As I usually tend to do, I will save the remaining work on the bird for last. It's kind of like a reward to myself after finishing my backgrounds. I'm really hoping to finish this one up this weekend. The deadline looms and the outdoors are calling :)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

News - "Driftwood Perch" Selected for National Exhibition

I received notification that my watercolor Driftwood Perch has been accepted into the 24th Annual Bosque (formerly Conservatory) Art Classic in Clifton, Texas. This year, over 975 entries were received - the largest entry year yet. This is my first time entering the exhibit and I am very happy to be a part of it!

The show opens at the Bosque Arts Center September 12, 2009 and runs for two weeks, closing September 27th.

The opening night reception and awards presentation is Saturday, September 12. Reservations are required.

Over $14,500 in awards are offered in several categories. Joshua Rose, Editor of Western Art Collector Magazine, is this year's judge.

Driftwood Perch, watercolor, 20 x 14.5

Monday, July 13, 2009

Monday, July 6, 2009

New WIP - Female Cardinal

I started this new painting over the holiday weekend. It will be my entry for the Gilcrease Museum's popular American Art in Miniature show & sale. The show's rules stipulate that paintings must be 9x12 or smaller. This one measures 8x10 and I am using acrylics. Cardinals are frequent visitors to my feeder and I am especially attracted to the females coloration of gold, red, and olivey green. I find them more interesting to paint than the males. I am using reference I shot back in the winter when we had a light snowfall. I threw up the window in our kitchen and shot away. The house makes for a lovely blind! We have a large hemlock tree near the feeder where the birds fly back and forth from when feeding. I love its willowy branches and its little pinecones. It makes a lovely backdrop for a cardinal especially with snow sprinkled on its needles. Hard to resist painting that!

You're probably wondering if I ever finished the red-legged honeycreeper...well, I did finish it but I need to take it to get photographed. I figured I'd wait until I got it professionally scanned before I post it. I tried taking my own photo, but I cannot seem to get a decent photo of it. So, stay tuned. I'll post it in the next couple of weeks!