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.