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.