Friday, April 19, 2013

Liebster Blog Award

I have received the Liebster Blog Award from the Swedish painter Måns Sjöberg. Thank you Måns! With an economy of strokes, Måns creates beautiful watercolors. I admire greatly artists that can do this because it is so difficult! I especially enjoy his bird paintings.

Per the rules of the award, I must now choose 5 bloggers whom I think deserve recognition. They all deserve it because they are fantastic artists that capture the beauty of nature in their art. Please check out their blogs and you’ll see why: John Mullane, Jim Bortz, Matthew Hillier, Cathy Sheeter, and Jason Tako.

These are the Liebster Blog Award rules: 1. Thank the person who gave you the award. 2. Link back to their blog. 3. Copy and paste the Liebster Award to your profile. 4. Pick 5 blogs that you feel deserve to be in the spotlight. They must have 200 followers or under. 5. Blog about it and leave a comment for your nominations to let them know that you have chosen their blog.

Monday, April 15, 2013

WIP 3: Goldfinch

Here's where I left off on the goldfinch painting yesterday. The bird is pretty much done either than his foot. I started in on some of the thistle and added another layer of color to the background.
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Saturday, April 13, 2013

WIP 2: Goldfinch

Before I get started working on the goldfinch this morning, here's the work that's been done so far.

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

WIP 1: Goldfinch

Here's the beginning of a new oil painting I started today. It's a male goldfinch on thistle. I just laid in a loose sketch with some thinned burnt umber and burnt sienna. I will let this dry overnight and then start adding color tomorrow.

Red Knobbed Hornbill

I recently completed this watercolor of a male Red Knobbed Hornbill. Sorry there are not any progress shots of this one. It seemed like everytime I wanted to snap a progress shot outside, the weather was bad. So, I just kept working. This piece measures 22x15. I painted it on a sheet of handmade Twinrocker paper. It was my first time using their paper; it was different than the Strathmore 300 lb paper I'm used to. It buckled easily, which I was not happy with. Doubt I will be using it again. My reference for this painting was obtained from the San Diego Zoo.

Red Knobbed Hornbill, 22x15, Watercolor on Twinrocker paper
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Detail - Red Knobbed Hornbill
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