Thursday, December 23, 2010

Southern Ground Hornbill featured in "Watercolor Artist" magazine

Today I received my complimentary copies of the February 2011 issue of "Watercolor Artist" magazine featuring my painting Southern Ground Hornbill. I won an Honorable Mention in their Watermedia Showcase Competition. There were more than 900 entries. I was honored and surprised to have been selected as a finalist.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

WIP: Harris Hawk Update

I made a little more progress on the Harris Hawk this week. Since the last post, I started work on the folded wing, applied darker glazes to the breast area, and I finished the upright wing.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

New WIP: Harris Hawk

I apologize for not posting in awhile. Last month was the Waterfowl Festival and I took a little break from painting after I finished up work for it. Then, I returned home with a nasty cold and that hindered my desire to paint. November was pretty much a wash for getting any artwork done. So, I'm feeling much better now and I'm back at it!

On the easel currently is a 36 x 24 oil painting of a Harris Hawk. I photographed this Harris Hawk at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum during their Raptor Free Flight program. This hawk has just landed on an old snag and is balancing itself. I don't have the luxury of a large studio space or large easel so it's been a challenge painting this one on my little table easel! I've been working on it turned on its side.

Here's a detail shot:

And here's the entire painting:

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Finished: Hooded Merganser

I put the finishing touches on the yet untitled hoodie painting yesterday morning. It is headed to the Easton Waterfowl Festival which begins November 12th and runs through the 14th. If you are in the area of Easton, Maryland come on by... and please stop by my booth in the Tidewater Inn and say hello!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Update: Hooded Merganser

I have not had much of a chance to work on my hoodie painting this week, but here is where I left off last weekend.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

New WIP - Hooded Merganser

Started working on a little oil (6 x 8) of a male hoodie. These handsome birds are my favorite species of waterfowl. This is my progress as of yesterday. Most likely, this will be my last piece for next month's Waterfowl Festival.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Finished: Dunlin Oil Painting

I put the finishing touches on my little dunlin painting today. I've titled it Working the Shallows - Dunlin. It will be available at the upcoming Waterfowl Festival which is next month in Easton, MD.

Working the Shallows - Dunlin, oil on panel, 9 x 12 SOLD

Working the Shallows - Dunlin (Detail)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Watermedia Showcase Award

I was notified recently that my painting, "Southern Ground Hornbill" received an Honorable Mention award in the "Watermedia Showcase" competition sponsored by Watercolor Artist magazine! My painting will be published in the February 2011 issue of Watercolor Artist.

Southern Ground Hornbill, 22 x 30, watercolor on Strathmore 300 lb paper

Sunday, September 19, 2010

New WIP: Dunlin Oil Painting

This is the latest on the easel...a 9x12 oil of a dunlin. Sorry, I did not post earlier versions of this one in progress; this is near completion now. I observed this bird back in the spring while visiting Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in neighboring Delaware.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Bison Painting Finished

My bison painting has been done for a few weeks, but I just got it photographed. Presenting... Summertime and the Living's Easy.

Summertime and the Living's Easy, oil on canvas, 12x24

Summertime and the Living's Easy (Detail)

Update 2: Red Tailed Hawk Watercolor

I know it's been awhile since I've posted any updates on the hawk, so here's the latest work as of this afternoon. My focus today has been the wing. It may be wishful thinking, but I hope to finish this weekend.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

More Progress on the Bison

The bison is still progressing along. It's almost finished, so this will probably be the last progress shot before I post the finished painting. Alot has been worked on since the last update. The bison himself is nearly complete; I still need to work on his shedding coat and some other small details. I started work on the foreground grass and I darkened the grasses in the background on the stream bank. The bison's feathered friends have not been touched yet. I'll complete them when I decide the bison is done.

Update 1: Red-tailed Hawk Watercolor

I have not worked on the Red Tail much this week, but I did manage to work some on it one evening and a few hours on Friday. I worked on the background some...darkening it mostly; and I started laying in the neck feathers.

Monday, July 5, 2010

New WIP: Red-Tailed Hawk Watercolor

I decided to take a little break from the bison oil painting. I've been longing to paint a watercolor so I started this small watercolor of a Red-tailed Hawk today. It will measure 6 x 8 inches when finished. Not a whole lot to see yet. I laid in the drippy background first using a combo of colors (some purple, viridian green, burnt sienna, cobalt blue, and some dark brown). Next, I went straight for the hawk's eye. On portraits like this I always like to paint the subject's eyes first. I like to bring a sense of "life" to the subject right away. I then gravitated out to the bird's head and beak loosely laying in the first layers of color.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Cover Artist

My work is featured in the current edition of "Harford's Heart" magazine - a free local magazine in Harford County, MD where I live. My work adorns the cover and there is an interview with me inside starting on page 8 and continuing on page 38. My thanks to Fran Johnson for the interview and feature. You can view the online edition of the magazine by clicking here.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Saturday, June 12, 2010

New WIP: Bison Bull

I finished loosely blocking in an oil painting of a bison today. This piece measures out at 12 x 24. I photographed this big bull resting along a stream on one of my visits to Yellowstone years ago. Gosh, I was still using film then! I just realized I have not been back since I've went to digital...that's got to change! He had 2 birds perched on his hump which I want to add to the painting as well. For now, I have not blocked them in but you can see where I've penciled them in. I need to find some better reference of the birds. I think they are cowbirds but am not entirely sure...will have to do some research.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Great Blue Heron Painting Finished

I finished this one up last weekend. I'm just now getting around to posting it. This is my final piece for my solo exhibition opening this Friday at the Canvasback Gallery.

Presenting "Cranky the Heron".

Cranky the Heron, oil on panel, 9x12

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Exhibition News: 50th Art and the Animal

I am very proud and honored to have had my work selected for the Society of Animal Artist's 50th Annual ART AND THE ANIMAL Exhibition to be displayed from September 1 through October 31, 2010 at the San Diego Natural History Museum. My watercolor, Driftwood Perch, was one of the approximately 150 pieces chosen out of 430 entries from 235 artists. Knowing the caliber of talent in this group, I am especially proud to have been chosen. Thank you SAA for selecting my work and congratulations to the fellow SAA members who were accepted. San Diego here I come!

Driftwood Perch, watercolor, 20 x 14.5

Driftwood Perch (detail)

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Canvasback Gallery Exhibition

My work will be in a new exhibition "Inspired by Nature: the Wildlife Paintings of Kelly Singleton" opening JUNE 4th at The Canvasback Gallery in Easton, MD. I encourage you to come to the opening JUNE 4th if you are in the area...there will be food, drinks and music! This is also Easton's First Friday Gallery Walk. My work will remain on display through JUNE 30th. In addition, Gallery 26 next door will also be hosting another artist opening...Wire Sculptures by Devin Mack of Baltimore! Hope you can come out!

Update on Great Blue Heron Painting

I figured I'd post a photo before I get working on this today. I have basically been working on refining the bird. More refinement will happen today. I'm trying to finish this one up in time for my show at the Canvasback Gallery next month.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

New WIP: Oil Painting of Great Blue Heron

I started work on a new painting yesterday of a great blue heron. This piece is an oil and measures 9 x12. Not a whole lot to see right now; it's just loosely blocked-in. I observed this grumpy fellow on an overcast day at Chincoteague NWR last year. Great Blue's always appear mad or grumpy-looking to me. This one was especially so since the day was chilly and there was a cold wind whipping his feathers about.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

New Works

Here's another little drawing of a snow leopard I was able to complete while awaiting for computer access at the new job. I now finally have access so the "work series" will cease at 2. This one measures 4x6 and is on Strathmore bristol paper. I rendered this using a mechanical pencil and an Ebony pencil.

Sorry that I didn't take any in-progress shots of this next piece. It went so quickly that I just didn't bother to take any. This is an oil painting of Blackwater Refuge in Cambridge, MD. It's one of my favorite places. This is a bit of a departure from my normal work. The landscape is the prominent subject rather than the animal. I worked from a reference photo that I took last spring. It was a gray, overcast day and in the dead snag, there was a bald eagle surveying its territory. I liked the atmosphere and the lone eagle.

Gray Day at Blackwater, oil on 2" cradled panel, 6x12

Gray Day at Blackwater (Detail); the eagle is about a 1/4 inch tall.

Monday, April 5, 2010

A Drawing and Some Exhibition News

Sorry for the long absence from the blog. My free time of late has been consumed with projects that have taken time away from my painting. I also recently returned to the workforce after being unemployed for 6 months. I found work as a graphic artist for a Government contractor at a nearby Army base. It's my 3rd week at the new job and I'm still waiting for computer access. I have a computer...I just cannot log on to it. There's a long drawn out list of procedures that have to be followed before one is able to log on to their computer. Credentials have to be verified, classes taken, etc, etc. I've heard that it takes anywhere from 2-3 weeks average (sometimes even longer) to be able to log on. Since I cannot do any work without a computer, instead of being bored to tears, I decided to bring a drawing to work on to pass the time. Here's what I did:

It's a portrait of a barred owl and it measures 4" x 6". I've already started a second drawing at the same size of a snow leopard. I think I'll keep doing these little drawings until I am granted precious access to the system. I think I'll call this series of drawings my "Work Series". HA! HA!

Some exhibition news...
3 of my paintings (Driftwood Perch, Melati, and Good to the Last Bite) have been juried into "From Fur to Feathers" an exhibition of animal art at the Schuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore, MD. The show will run from April 17-25. See invite for more info.

Also, I received an invitation to participate in the 40th Waterfowl Festival in Easton, MD this November. I'm excited to be showing at this event once again! I have LOTS of work to do, so I'll be posting some new stuff soon.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Finished: Wren Painting

Finished this one up yesterday. I enjoy the melodious song of the Carolina wren. They seem to be happy little birds always singing their hearts out. I'm calling him "Southern Charmer".

Southern Charmer, oil on panel, 8x10

Monday, March 8, 2010

New WIP - Carolina Wren

I started this little 8x10 of a chipper Carolina wren on a milkweed stalk this past weekend. I'm painting on an old Gessobord panel that I had started a painting on but didn't like. I re-primed it and started to paint this piece with acrylics. I quickly realized I didn't like the slick surface under the acrylics and switched to painting in oils. Much better. Here's a few progression shots:

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Finished - Fox Watercolor

After staying up until 2 a.m. the other night working on this piece, I have declared it finished! I hope you enjoy it. I need a title for this...any suggestions? Now that this is out of the way, I'm going to have some fun doing some smaller pieces for an upcoming show. I'm taking a break from watercolors for the time being...

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Word Catalyst - Featured Artist

Word Catalyst Magazine, an online literary magazine, has selected me as their Featured Artist for the March 2010 issue.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Update 3: Fox Watercolor

Slowly but surely, this piece is progressing along. It's slow-going because there's lots of nooks and crannies and little details that are slowing me down. This is a progress shot before I started work yesterday. Since then, the fox has been started and he's nearing completion. Getting close to finishing this one up.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Western Spirit Art Show Preview

The 2010 Western Spirit Art Show and Sale at the Old West Museum in Cheyenne, WY is now online for viewing. I had the honor of 2 pieces (Resting Pronghorn and Seeking Shade) accepted into this show. The show opens March 6th.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Update 2 on the Fox Watercolor

Here's the last few day's work on the fox watercolor. I've been painting lots of twigs and little patches of leaves and earth peeking out of the snow.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Update on Fox Watercolor

I'm sort of working my way up on this one. I got the water pretty much out of the way to start off with. Now, I'm progressing up the stream bank laying in the roots of the tree, snow on the rocks, and shadows on the snow.

I couldn't resist posting a few pics after yesterday's record blizzard...

Snow was above my knees, so it was over 2 ft. at this point in the yard. There were areas that were much higher from the drifting.

One of our pretty blue spruces.

Monday, February 1, 2010

News: Adkins Arboretum Art Competition

I was pleased to learn today that my watercolor Red Tail has been juried into the 2010 Adkins Arboretum Art Competition. The theme of the show is: Discovering the Native Landscapes of Maryland's Eastern Shore. Artworks chosen for this exhibition reflect or interpret the wild nature and landscapes of the Mid-Atlantic coastal plain. The exhibit will open Feb 15 and run through March, with a reception on Saturday, Feb 27, 3 - 5 pm.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve on Maryland's Eastern Shore. To learn more about Adkins Arboretum, visit

Red Tail, watercolor, 10.5 x 14

New WIP: Fox Watercolor

I started this new watercolor last week of a fox along a snowy streambed. It measures 13 x 14 inches. This painting came about after a recent photo excursion in nearby Susquehanna State Park. One of the first photos I took was of this stream. It was early morning and I loved the sunlight filtering through the trees, the puffy snow on the rocks, the shadows being cast, the roots of the tree clinging to the bank, and the dark reflective water. I thought this would make a great setting for a red fox.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Osprey Re-Post

I'm re-posting the osprey piece I did awhile back again because this is a better photo of the finished work and I did work on it more after I declared it finished before. Something about the water was bothering me (where the osprey's reflection was). So, I went back into that area and I think it improved a bit. If you also remember, I sawed off a few inches from the top of the painting and this shows what it now looks like.

Finished - Hornbill Watercolor

Finally, my hornbill is finished! It's actually been done for a few weeks now, but I just picked it up from the place that scans my work today. When I went there this morning, an older couple was there just prior to me picking up their work. The outspoken wife of the artist turned around and asked me if I was the one that did that "big, ugly bird". Some rather nasty comebacks ran through my head, but I kept them to myself. I just responded with a yes, knowing she was referring to the hornbill. When the couple left, she walked by me and said, "It's sure an ugly bird...but it is beautifully painted." Well, I do understand that this bird isn't considered attractive to most people. I however, do find beauty in creatures such as the hornbill. I got lost in the wonderful details of this bird...from the furrows in its skin, the gnarled textures of its beak, and of course the eye and those lovely long lashes! At the large size I painted it, it was almost like painting terrain in a landscape. It was my hope that painting the hornbill as large as I did would make viewers take notice of this bird that I do find interesting and yes...beautiful.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Western Spirit Art Show & Sale

Happy New Year!
My new year is off to a bright start already; I learned yesterday that two of my paintings (Seeking Shade & Resting Pronghorn) were accepted into the Western Spirit Art Show and Sale opening March 6, 2010 at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum in Cheyenne, WY.

Seeking Shade, watercolor, 11 x 16

Resting Pronghorn, acrylic on panel, 11 x 20