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.