Monday, December 26, 2011

Terns Finished?

I hope everyone had a nice holiday! Mine was nice...I spent it with loved ones, ate lots of yummy food, had some good belly laughs, and I had time to paint. I think that the terns are finished. I'm going to let it sit on my easel for a few days and decide if it needs any further tweaking. What does everyone think about the underpainting peeking through? I personally like it...but do you think too much is showing? Please tell me your thoughts. By the way, I'm calling this piece "Backoff!"

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"Backoff!", 18x24, oil on Gessobord panel

Friday, December 23, 2011

WIP: Terns nearing completion

Figured I'd post an image of where I left off on the terns before I get started on it this morning. The flying tern is well underway and if all goes well, I should be able to finish this painting over the Christmas holiday. Speaking of which, I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday!

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

WIP: Another Update on the Terns

While nursing a sore jaw over the last few days (I had a tooth extracted Friday), I holed up in the studio and made some more progress on the terns. As you can see now, the second tern has been started. Just roughing it in at this point. The other tern is probably finished, but I may finesse it a little later. This is only a portion of the 18x24 panel.

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

WIP: Terns Update

Regrettably, I have not been making alot of progress with this painting of late, but I've made some. I've had too many other things going on. Anyway, the tern's wings are both almost complete; I added some more detail on the head and eye; and I added some more detail into the tree limb.
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Sunday, November 20, 2011

WIP: ? Update

Revealing a little more of this painting. My birding friends probably know what it is now :)

41st Annual Waterfowl Festival

Last week was the annual Waterfowl Festival in Easton, MD. This is one of the few booth shows that I do and it happens to be in my home state. I always look forward to this show. I remember being very young and dreaming of being a part of it one day. This was my third year exhibiting and although I did not have the best year there sales-wise, I do hope to be back next year! I had the privilege of being booth neighbors with two artists I greatly admire, Matthew Hillier and Terry Miller. I was delighted to come home with a Hillier original that my husband bought for me as a Christmas present! Below are some photos of my display:

While in Easton, I always get out to Blackwater Refuge. I went out early one morning before the show and it was extremely foggy. I loved the atmospheric quality. Here's a collage of some of the photos I took:

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

New WIP: ?

Something new is on the easel...I'm going to just tease you with a section of it for for now as I really have only locked in on the dead limb.

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String of Good News

I’ve had a string of good news of late...

First, I sold 4 out of the 7 paintings I had on display in a solo exhibition at the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum.

Secondly, I learned that I was awarded First Place for Watermedia for my painting Driftwood Perch at the Irving Arts Association's Annual Juried Wildlife Art Exhibit.

I was then completely thrilled to learn that Driftwood Perch was awarded Best of Show at the Richeson 75: Animals, Birds & Wildlife Online Exhibition! What an honor. Mort Solberg, master watercolorist, was the juror. He had this to say about my piece: "The painting consists of a strong design, well executed with nature shown in its winter harshness, yet alive with life."

Here's the link to view the entire show: You can also vote for the People's Choice award through Dec. 15th by clicking the link at the top of the show's page.

Driftwood Perch, watercolor, 20 x 14.5"

As if all this was not enough excitement...lastly, I learned that I received a Merit Award for Good to the Last Bite in the Maryland Pastel Society's Shades of Pastel Exhibition.

Good to the Last Bite, pastel, 12 x 17.5"

What a fun ride it was!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Finished: Painting of Whitetail Fawns

I finished this painting very late last night. This piece almost hit the trashcan this weekend as I was so frustrated with it at one point. The wet, dewy grass was giving me a fit. I just did not like how it was turning out. I took a break from it for a few days, just to look at it again with fresher eyes. I returned to it last night and salvaged it the best I could. I'm calling it done! This one is called "Misty Morning Fawns" and will be available at the Waterfowl Festival in Easton, MD next month.

Misty Morning Fawns, 12x16. oil on linen panel

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Update: Painting of Fawns

This piece is still progressing along. I put in the second fawn over the weekend. I'm a little uncertain at this point how much more detail to put into the grass. I'm kinda liking the way it's loosely painted so far. What do you think?

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

New WIP: Whitetail Fawns

A pair of whitetail fawns are currently emerging on my easel. I'm painting this in oils and it measures 12x16. Inspired by a recent morning outing spent alone in a tree stand, I photographed this beautiful pair of whitetail fawns in a dewy meadow. They were ever alert with their ears twitching this way and that. I never did see their mother, but I'm sure she was nearby, just out of sight. I watched them for quite awhile until a young buck came bounding through the meadow spooking them away.

Birds of the Chesapeake

The Havre de Grace Maritime Museum in Havre de Grace, MD is currently displaying 7 of my bird paintings in a temporary exhibit called "Birds of the Chesapeake". The birds included in the exhibit are all birds that live or migrate through the Chesapeake Bay region. The exhibit will hang through November 6th and the paintings are available for sale. FMI: click here.

Ripples Never Come Back, 12x24, oil

10th Annual Irving Art Association's Wildlife Art Show

I'm pleased to announce that all 3 paintings I entered into the 10th annual Irving Art Association's Wildlife Art Show were accepted! This show is held each fall at the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts in Irving, Texas. The show dates are Sept 26 - Oct 27, 2011. These are the accepted pieces:

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Winter Serenity, 13x14, watercolor

Driftwood Perch, 20x14.5, watercolor

Cranky the Heron, 9x12, oil

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Finished: Blue Grosbeak

I finished this one up a week ago but I'm just getting around to posting it. For lack of a better title, I'm calling this one "Blue Grosbeak".

Blue Grosbeak, 9x12, oil on Gessobord panel

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Shades of Pastel: 2011

Good to the Last Bite has been accepted into the Maryland Pastel Society's national exhibition, "Shades of Pastel: 2011". The exhibition opens Oct 26 and runs through Nov 20, 2011 at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA.

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Update on Blue Grosbeak painting

Here's the latest progress shot of the Blue Grosbeak (as of yesterday). After contemplating cutting the board, I've decided to keep the size as is.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

New WIP: Blue Grosbeak

Next up on the easel is an oil painting of a male blue grosbeak. I photographed this fellow along a brushy roadside in Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. This piece currently measures out at 9x12" but I'm thinking of chopping the board down to an 8x10". After already starting work on it, I felt this piece would work better compositionally if the bird was more to the right. I should have given it more thought but was anxious to just get paintin'. For now, I'll leave it alone and decide later if it gets the table saw...he, he, he.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Some Press...

My little Canada Lynx painting and a write-up on me appears in the September 2011 issue of Western Art Collector magazine in a special section: "Wild Ambition: Collecting Wildlife Art."

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Finished: Barred Owl

Put the finishing touches on the barred owl this afternoon. Owls are always a joy to paint! I'm calling this one "Backlit". Hope you like it!

Backlit, 8x10, oil on linen panel

Monday, August 8, 2011

WIP: Barred Owl Update 2

What a busy week last week was. After a week of not being able to paint, it felt good to finally get back to the easel yesterday. Here's where I left off...

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

WIP: Barred Owl Update 1

I have not progressed far on this piece this week as I've been busy getting other necessary tasks done, but I did get a little more painting done on the head and I've started laying in some of the background. As you can see now, the owl will be backlit. In fact, I'm contemplating giving it the title "Backlit". Hmm, we'll see...

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

New WIP: Barred Owl in Oil

I started work yesterday on a small 8x10 portrait of a barred owl. As many of you know, I love owls and they are one of my favorite subjects to paint. This is my first time painting an owl with oils. My past owls were painted with watercolors or acrylics. I didn't make a whole lot of progress yesterday, surprising as I worked on it quite a long time! I know I was carefully painting this. I started working on the eyes first and have been radiating outwards from them.

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Finished: Cougar Painting

The finishing touches were put on the cougar last night and this morning. I used a combination of palette knife and brushstrokes to finish off the boulder and I used loose brushwork to finish off the background foliage. The whiskers were saved for last. Funny how when painting cats they just don't look right until the whiskers are put on! I'm calling this one "A Moment in the Sun".

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A Moment in the Sun, 16x12, oil on linen panel

A Moment in the Sun - Detail

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Update 2: Cougar Painting

I apologize this photo is not the greatest of this painting, but hopefully you'll get the idea. I've pretty much completed the face at this point; still need to work on the mouth area. He needs more work on his chest and right paw. Work has begun on the lichen and moss covered rock.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

WIP: Cougar in Oil Update

This is where I left off after a day of painting yesterday. Most of the day was spent working on this cat's pretty head.

Friday, July 1, 2011

New WIP: Cougar in Oil

Back to the oils. I started this 16x12 of a cougar today. Just laid in a wash to cover the white of the canvas and to establish basic lights and darks. This is a semi-new painting. By that I mean, I've painted this image before while in Greg Beecham's Scottsdale workshop but I never finished it. Those that were in his class may remember this image. I came across the workshop piece again recently but something about it was bothering me now. I just felt like I could make it better. So, I've decided to start it completely over. This time I'm painting it a little larger too. It will be a 16x12 (the other one was 14x11). There's really not a whole lot to see yet, but thought you might like to see the very beginnings of this one.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Finished: Sanderling in Watercolor

I finished this one up today. I'm calling it "Pause and Reflect".

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Pause and Reflect, 11x8 inches, Watercolor on Arches 140 Lb Cold Pressed paper

Pause and Reflect (detail)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Solo Show Hanged!

This morning, with my husband Jimmy's assistance, I hanged my solo show at the National Wildlife Visitors Center at the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, MD. It will be on display from June 26 - July 30, 2011. If you are in the area, I hope you will come by and check it out! Bring your hiking's a lovely place to hike!

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The entrance to the Visitors Center. The wolf family sculpture is by artist William Turner.

Me in front of my largest piece to date, "Desert Hunter - Harris Hawk".

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Update: Watercolor of Sanderling

Here's my progress on the sanderling as of last night:

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The bird is almost done; I still need to hit a spot on his back and I need to finish up his belly. The shadow needs more work too. The fun part is coming up...the reflection.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

New WIP: Sanderling in Watercolor

It's been a long time since I've done a watercolor. I've been purposely concentrating on oils for the last year trying to build up my skill and confidence with them. Recently, I just felt the desire to get back to my roots so to speak and do a watercolor. I liked this image of a sanderling I shot along the beach at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Sanderlings are rarely still; they always seem to be running along the beach in a constant search for food. I captured this little fellow while dozing for just a minute. He had fluffed up his feathers and they were in the process of starting to flatten down. The bird's plumage, the subtle colors of the wet sand, the shadow, and reflection, all appealed to me.

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Finished: Black Wolf

I spent the entire day yesterday working on the black wolf and finished it up last night. I'm not entirely pleased with this did not turn out like I had hoped. In hindsight, I feel I should've painted it on a linen surface rather than the slicker Gessobord panel because I believe the textures would've looked better on the linen textured surface. Also, I think I overworked the texture. Oh well, it was a learning experience. That's what I will chalk this one up to. Let me know your thoughts. On to the next one.

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Black Wolf Study, 12x12, oil on Gessobord panel

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Solo Exhibition at National Wildlife Visitor Center

Due to an artist cancellation, I will be having an exhibit of my paintings on display at the National Wildlife Visitor Center at the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, MD for the entire month of July. I was originally scheduled to show in October. If you're in or near the area, please stop by and check it out. Take a hike while you're there...I've had some nice bird sightings here.

Friday, June 10, 2011

New WIP: Black Wolf

I started this 12x12 portrait of a black wolf in oils last weekend. I needed a "fun" piece to work on after the difficult green heron painting. I'm playing with texture on this one using a palette knife and bigger brushes.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Oxford Fine Arts Fair

If you live near Oxford, MD be sure to check out the Oxford Fine Arts Fair this Memorial Day weekend...I'll be there exhibiting my wildlife paintings! Look for me next to friend Paul Rhymer with his awesome bronze sculptures. Click this link for more info about the show and the lovely town of Oxford. Hope to see you there!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Finished: Green Heron Painting

I finished the green heron up a few nights ago, but am just now getting around to posting it. All the rain we've had has prevented me from getting a shot of it outside until this evening. The title of this is Little Stalker. It will make its debut at the Oxford Fine Arts Fair in Oxford, MD next weekend (May 27-29). More info about the show in my next post. Hope you like it!

Little Stalker, 12x24, oil on panel

Detail - Little Stalker