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