Saturday, October 26, 2013

Catching Up

It's been awhile since I've posted to my blog - my apologies. I'll catch you up. I took a little break after completing the bull moose commission. Then, I started a few small pieces. I completed a little 8x6 oil of a White-breasted nuthatch, one of my favorite visitors to the feeder. They like to stash their seeds in the rough bark of our hemlock tree. I did not take any progress shots as it was done very quickly in just 2 days. Some kind of record for me!

Seed Stasher, 8x6, Oil
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I then started an 11x14 oil of a wolf in a snow scene. It was started as a demo piece because I was invited by my gallery in Jackson, WY to do a painting demo during the Fall Arts Festival in September. Pictured below is the start of it. 

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The demo never happened unfortunately. I ended up missing it because my flight was cancelled and I could not make it out to Jackson in time. I flew out the next day and was able to make the reception at least. I spent the next 7 days in Grand Teton and Yellowstone N.P. collecting new reference material including some great shots of moose, otters, bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, and grizzly bears! It was an awesome trip. Thankfully, I just missed the Government shutdown of the parks.

A few short weeks after returning from out west, I travelled to Bennington, Vermont for the Society of Animal Artists annual members exhibition "Art and the Animal". My painting, "Red-knobbed Hornbill" was selected for the exhibit. It was a beautiful show. There's still time to catch the exhibit; it will be at the Bennington Center for the Arts through October 31st. It will then go on tour to the Hiram Blauvelt Museum, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and the Booth Museum of Western Art. You can check the Society of Animal Artists exhibitions link for exact dates.   

At the artists reception for "Art and the Animal".
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  Upon returning from Vermont, and a several week long hiatus from painting, I started up again on the wolf painting. This is where I left off on it last week. I will have to put it aside once again because I must start work now on a second moose painting commission. This painting is going to the same client as the last commission. It will feature a cow moose and her calf. I started sketching it out today and I will keep you posted on its progress. Now, I think you're all caught up!

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