Saturday, November 24, 2012

6" Squared Exhibition

Good news - received word that my pair of owl paintings will be heading off soon to California; they were accepted into the Randy Higbee Gallery's 6" Squared Exhibition! The opening reception and sale is December 8th 2012 from 5-9 pm. The show can be viewed online. My pieces are listed on page 89...

Hoot Owl (Left) and Barred Owl Study (Right)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Finished: Barred Owl

I finished the Barred Owl Saturday - just in time for the Sunday midnight deadline to enter the Randy Higbee Gallery's 6" Squared Exhibition & Sale.  Hopefully, this one and Hoot Owl (my last 6x6 of the Great Horned Owl) make the cut! I think they look very nice together as a pair.

Barred Owl Study, 6x6, oil on panel
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Sunday, November 11, 2012

New WIP: Barred Owl

After completing my last owl piece - which I am entering in the Randy Higbee Gallery 6x6 show - I decided I had just enough time to complete another entry before the Nov 18 deadline. I decided to do another owl portrait because (a) I love them and (b) I thought they would look nice as a pair. So, here's the start of yet another 6x6 owl. This time it's a Barred Owl. I'm starting this one just as the last one with loose, thinned acrylics for the underpainting. It'll be finished off in oils.

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Finished: Great Horned Owl

Here's my finished Great Horned Owl in oils. I left some of the drips and spatters of the underpainting show through and I added texture with palette knife and bigger brushes. Hope you like it.

Hoot Owl, 6x6, oil on panel
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Monday, October 29, 2012

New WIP: Great Horned Owl

While off from work today - hunkering down inside riding out "Frankenstorm" - I started work on an entry for the Randy Higbee Gallery's 6" Squared Exhibition & Sale. As you probably figured out, this piece is 6x6. I was working quickly today racing the storm to lay down an underpainting before the power went out. I used acrylics thinned with water to loosely lay down some colors. I will finish this piece off in oils but plan on leaving some of the drips and spatters alone as I think they look cool.
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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Coyote Painting

I apologize that I did not post any work in progress photos of this one - it went pretty quickly once I got into it. I actually started this little painting of a coyote last year in a Greg Beecham workshop as my class project. I wanted to watch Greg paint, so I did not get much further than the underpainting stage. Recently, I began working on it again because I was awaiting a shipment of painting panels. I had nothing planned out to work on until they arrived, so I started playing around with this one again. Finished it up yesterday. Per a friend's suggestion, I'm calling this one "Snow Patrol". Hope you like it.

Snow Patrol, 9x12, oil on linen panel
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Detail of Snow Patrol
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Recent Awards

This past month, a few of my paintings were recognized with nice awards. I was very honored that Southern Ground Hornbill was awarded the President's Award from the Society of Animal Artists during the opening festivities of the 52nd Annual Exhibition at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, NJ. The exhibit is on view at the Blauvelt until January 2013. This painting was also selected from the exhibit for a national museum tour. The tour dates are as follows:

University of Kentucky in the Singletary Center for the Arts
February 1 - April 26, 2013
Rose Street and Euclid Avenue, Lexington, KY

May 18 - June 30, 2013
5500 First Avenue, Kenosha, WI

July 12 - August 31, 2013
303 Second Street NE, Mason City, IA 

Southern Ground Hornbill, 22x30, watercolor
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 I was also happy to learn that Fired Up received an award for Best Head Portrait at the American Academy of Equine Art Fall Open Juried Exhibition. The show was on display at the Scott County Arts & Cultural Center in Georgetown, KY. The recognition for this painting was nice because this is the first time one of my oil paintings have received an award. It's encouragement to push on with the oils! 

Fired Up, 12x12, oil on linen
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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Finished: Great Blue Heron painting

I finished this one a few weeks ago, but am just now getting around to posting it. I've titled it "Lord of the Marsh". Hope you enjoy it! Click image to enlarge.

Lord of the Marsh, 14x18, oil on Gessobord


Sunday, September 23, 2012

WIP: Great Blue Heron Update 2

I've returned to work on my Great Blue Heron painting this weekend after being away for awhile on a reference gathering trip to Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks. I really cannot wait to get started working on material from that trip but I must finish this guy first. I've pretty much worked on every section of the painting finessing and adding details except for the lower left area. More work will continue on it this evening.

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

WIP: Great Blue Heron Update 1

I've moved on to the block-in color stage on the heron painting. No real detail work yet...although I could not resist putting in a few details in the brush on the left-hand side.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

New WIP: Great Blue Heron

Here we have the start of a new oil painting...a Great Blue Heron emerging from a dark background stalking prey on a marsh. I photographed this bird one early foggy morning at Blackwater Refuge on Maryland's eastern shore. I loosely sketched in the piece with a thinned mixture of cobalt blue, burnt umber, and black. This painting measures 14x18.

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This painting emerged on my easel after quickly realizing the piece I had started before this one was going to be a failure. It's frustrating to realize this after spending so much time on something. But, my gut was telling me I had to set it aside as it just was not looking as good as I had envisioned it. I did not want to waste any more time on it. I may revisit this painting again someday...or never! For now, it's condemned to the basement.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Exhibition News

I've received word that a couple of my paintings have been accepted into national juried exhibits coming up this September. "Fired Up" will be off to Kentucky for the American Academy of Equine Art's Fall Open Juried Exhibition at the Georgetown Arts & Cultural Center, Georgetown, KY. The show opens to the public September 15th and closes October 24th.

Fired Up, 12 x 12, Oil on Linen

"Ripples Never Come Back" is also going to be headed to Kentucky; it was selected for the 2012 Kentucky National Wildlife Art Exhibit at the Henderson Fine Arts Center, Henderson, KY. Juror Susan Fisher selected 81 artworks from 23 states to be displayed in this show. It will open to the public September 30th and will hang until November 29th.

Both paintings will be available for sale through their respective shows.

Ripples Never Come Back, 12 x 24, Oil on Gessobord

Monday, July 23, 2012

Finished: Eagle Commission

All finished!
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Bald Eagle, 10x8, Oil on linen

Detail of Bald Eagle

Monday, July 9, 2012

WIP 2: Bald Eagle Commission

I'm starting to add detail now. I've worked on the head and some of the back feathers. Also, I globbed on some more paint to the background which I plan on keeping loose and abstract.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

New WIP: Bald Eagle Commission

On this 4th of July - Independence Day - I have started a fitting subject, a bald eagle. A young woman I know commissioned me to paint this bald eagle portrait for her husband who is serving in the U.S. Army and has been deployed overseas for quite some time. He loves eagles, so she thought a painting of one would be a nice welcome home present.

As you can see here, I have blocked the painting in using thinned oil paint. I will start to build up detail after this first layer dries. This piece measures 10x8 and is oil on linen.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

New Website

I've been away from the brushes of late redesigning my outdated website. Designing websites is not my forte, but I am able to put together a simple site (which is all I need). I taught myself how to do it several years ago and I've had on-the-job experience as well at the ol' day job. Hope you enjoy the new look and find it easy to navigate. WIP posts will return shortly...I'm starting work on a special commission piece. Stay tuned...

Friday, June 8, 2012

Finished: Bighorn Painting

Today, I finished up the small bighorn painting I started as a demo piece while at the Society of Animal Artists show at the Ward World Championship Carving Competition. I spent time with this cooperative fellow while visiting Yellowstone earlier in the year. I'm calling this one "Little Bighorn".

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Little Bighorn, Oil on linen, 9x12

Little Bighorn (Detail)

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Max and Bodie

I have not posted for awhile since I have not been up to painting. The last month was a rough one for me as I lost my beloved boxer, Max. It was totally unexpected and sudden. He was nine, but was in great condition and seemed in excellent health. He was my loyal companion and the best dog I ever had. I've had several dogs as pets during my life, but he was truly special. His loss hit me hard and with it my desire to paint.

Max and I in Susquehanna State Park last year.

A few weeks ago, I decided to adopt another boxer from rescue. His name is Bodie, he's 19 months old and he has the rare reverse brindle coloration, making him appear black. Bodie and his brother were given up for adoption by his owners because he played too rough with the family's 4 year old son and the couple was expecting another child. They condemned the 2 dogs outside resulting in the dogs hardly getting any attention. Their loss is my gain...he's a sweetheart! Bodie is very well behaved and intelligent. He's doing great with my husband and I and we just love him! I think this guy is going to be a special one too. He's brought the smile back to my face and I'm happy to report I'm finally back to painting today! I will post some painting updates soon...


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

New WIP: Bighorn Ram

Here's the start of another new one. I started it as a demo piece as I volunteered to demo and help out with last weekend's Society of Animal Artists exhibit at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art's, 42nd Ward World Championship Art Festival. This is a 9x12 oil of a bighorn ram I observed and photographed in Yellowstone earlier this year. The first image shows it at the very beginning...loosely roughed in with a thinned down burnt umber wash. The second image shows where I left off after the weekend. I managed to get quite a bit done despite the distraction of painting in public!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Finished: Bison Painting

I put the finishing touches on the bison painting Saturday. This piece is still untitled, so if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know...I'd be happy to hear them. Hope you like it :)

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Untitled, oil on linen, 16x20

Monday, April 16, 2012

WIP: Update 2 - Bison Painting

Sorry it has been awhile since I've posted an update on the bison painting. I have been working on it, but I lost a little momentum on it between posts. I get that way when I'm nearing the end of a painting. Here's my progress as of last night. I'm working on the snow and brush at the moment. If all goes well, I hope to have this one completed by the end of the week. Click image to enlarge.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

WIP: Bison Update 1

Work continues on the bison. I have almost finished the lead cow bison and have started work on the bull bison behind her. Click image to enlarge.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

New WIP: Bison

Work has started on a new oil painting of bison inspired by my winter trip to Yellowstone this year. This piece measures 16x20.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Finished: Horse

Put the finishing touches on the horse today. I'm going to call this one "Fired Up".

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Fired Up, 12x12, oil on linen

Saturday, February 11, 2012

WIP: Horse Update #1

Here's the latest progress shot on the horse. As you can see, I'm laying in colors and details now. The tack slows me down a bit; especially that brow piece of the bridle. It has intricate metal pieces in it which are reflective. Hope to make alot more progress on it this weekend.
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Saturday, February 4, 2012

New WIP: Horse underpainting

I was invited to be a part of an exhibition this spring in Monkton, MD (more details to follow). Monkton and the surrounding area is known for it's beautiful countryside, horse farms, and the My Lady's Manor steeplechase race. Since there's many in the area into horses, I figured I'd paint at least one horse for the show. I completed an underpainting yesterday of a horse I photographed competing in the cross-country phase of a 3-day event. Eventing is the ultimate test of a horse and rider. Through tests in dressage, endurance, and stadium jumping the horse and rider teams work together to show that they can compete in the most demanding and highest levels of equestrian sports. This horse was pulled up during the cross-country phase because a horse and rider up ahead had taken a tumble on one of the obstacles. In this painting you can see he's anxious to keep going. I love the athleticism of this horse and the "fired up" look in his eye. This piece will measure 12x12. 
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Friday, February 3, 2012

Finished: Downy Woodpecker

The downy woodpecker piece is finished; I finished it earlier in the week. I'm calling this one "A Spot of Red". Hope you like it!
A Spot of Red, 6x8, oil on linen

Detail of A Spot of Red

Sunday, January 29, 2012

WIP: Downy Woodpecker Update #2

After 10 wonderful and inspiring days spent in Yellowstone and Kalispell, MT I have returned to the easel. I got back to work on the little downy yesterday; I added more texture to the background, roughed in the hemlock bark, and refined some small details on the bird. Will work on it some more today.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

New WIP: Downy Woodpecker

With news of a new show in the spring and another one pending, I decided I should try and crank out some smaller, affordable pieces. So, I started this 6x8 oil of a male downy woodpecker yesterday. I shot the reference outside my dining room window of this male downy feeding at one of the suet cages I have setup. He would grab some and quickly look around to make sure no predators were about. Wise, as there's several sharpshinned hawks that frequent the neighborhood. In my reference, he had suet all caked on his bill, but I used artistic license and cleaned his bill up!
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