Sunday, November 30, 2014

New WIP: Otter Painting

Last week, I started work on an otter painting in oil. This piece has been on my mind for awhile, but I struggled to get the right reference. About a year ago, I finally got decent reference of an otter swimming. I'm excited about this piece because I love otters and love painting water. It will be challenging to paint the moving water, reflections of the overhead trees, and the wet sheen of the otter's coat. Really hoping this one turns out well. Click images below to enlarge.
WIP 1 - The ugly block-in stage.
I loosely sketched this in with oils thinned with mineral spirits.
WIP 2 - The next layer starts to go on. This layer is where I refine my sketch and start to loosely add some detail.
I started work on the otter's head and the lower right portion of the water.  
WIP 2 - Detail

Male White-necked Jacobin

Here is the companion piece to Female White-necked Jacobin mentioned in my last post... Male White-necked Jacobin. He and his mate are available for purchase at:

6" Squared Show & Sale 
Costa Mesa, California

November 12 - December 31, 2014

Opening Reception
December 6, 2014
6 - 9 PM

Paintings may also be viewed and purchased online at:
http://www.dailybrushwork.com/home.aspx 

**My paintings are on page 34**
Male White-necked Jacobin, 6x6, oil
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Female White-necked Jacobin (L) and Male White-necked Jacobin (R)
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Finished: Female White-necked Jacobin

I apologize for posting this so late, but here is the finished work, Female White-necked Jacobin. She is available for purchase at:

6" Squared Show & Sale 
Costa Mesa, California

November 12 - December 31, 2014
Opening Reception
December 6, 2014
6 - 9 PM

Paintings may also be viewed and purchased online at:
http://www.dailybrushwork.com/home.aspx 

**My paintings are on page 34**
Female White-necked Jacobin, 6x6, oil
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

New WIP - Female White Necked Jacobin

After working on two back-to-back large pieces, I've decided to work on a much smaller scale. It's always a nice break for me and something different to keep it fun and interesting. Coincidentally, I've been also thinking of entering a small works show that's coming up in the next few months. I thought a pair of White-necked Jacobins would be fun to paint and perfect for the small scale, so I poured through my reference photos from my Trinidad trip back in 2008. What an adventure that was! Jacobins are a fairly large hummingbird (approx. 4.5" long). Yesterday, I started work on the female...
WIP - Female White-necked Jacobin, 6 x 6, oil
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Finished - Snowy Owl Painting "Arctic Visitor"

I finally finished the snowy owl piece. It was inspired by the snowy owl that came through our area last December. I depicted her hunting the edge of a corn field covered in snow melt that had frozen over. I spent several very chilly days photographing her with numb fingers but it was worth it. She was beautiful. Hope you like it.
Arctic Visitor, 24 x 24, oil.
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Detail of Arctic Visitor.
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Sunday, August 3, 2014

WIP - Snowy Owl Update 2

Here's where I left off on the snowy owl yesterday. The image is cropped because I only worked on the top portion of the painting. As you can see, the owl's plumage pattern is all in. I will need to go back later and refine some parts of the owl but for now, I've moved on to the rest of the piece. Yesterday, I worked on the dark twigs and the snow peeking through them. I also started to work on the dried clumps of grasses. Today, I'm attacking some of the snow and ice.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

New WIP - Snowy Owl

Recently, I started work on a new painting inspired by a northern visitor who briefly came through the area back in December...a snowy owl. She was beautiful. The first wild one I had ever seen. She was hunting a nearby field, a mere 3 miles from my house. Her stay was brief; 3 or 4 days before she moved on. For most of those days, I went out in the morning and evening to photograph her along with many other photographers. It was bitterly cold. The kind of cold that numbs your fingers in no time, but I wouldn't have missed her for the world. She caused quite a bit of attention. Word spread quickly. Birders from all over came to catch a glimpse of her.

For my painting, I chose to compose her in a section of corn field with snow melt that had frozen over. It made an interesting abstract design that I liked. Using thinned oils, I roughed in my sketch. No details yet, just establishing values and laying out shapes.

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Below, you can see a close-up of the owl itself in progress. Her plumage has proved to be quite challenging. The black barring is essential to get correct because it follws the form of the owl.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Finished: "Lone Ranger"

Fresh off the easel, here's "Lone Ranger". This big fella was a joy to paint. Bison are great subjects because they are massive, muscular, cantankerous characters and it's great fun to paint the texture on their humps! Enjoy :)
Lone Ranger, oil, 18x36
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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Bison Update

Slowly making progress on the bison painting. This is where I left off on it yesterday. I spent most of the day working on it refining the grasses mostly. There's A LOT of grass in this painting! I am trying to say "grass" without painting every single blade of it. I am squinting trying to find shapes in the grass (if that makes any sense) and then painting these shapes and only pulling out some highlighted ones. Seems to be working. So what's left to do? Well, I need to finish the foreground grasses, finish the hind portion of the bison, and the fun part - the water. I truly love to paint water! The next post will be the finished piece.
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

New WIP: Bison

Currently on my easel is this big fella. I love painting animals in or near water because I love painting water. So when I photographed this bison bull crossing this stream in Yellowstone I knew it would become a future painting. This painting will be completed in oils and measures 18x36. I started the painting by toning the panel down with a thinned acrylic burnt sienna. Then, I started loosely blocking the bison in with oils thinned with mineral spirits.

Here's a detail shot of the bison in the initial block-in phase. 
 
This is the whole painting blocked in and ready for detail. 
 
This is how the painting currently looks. Details have been added to the bison and work has started on the grasses.

Finished: A Distant Howl

I finally finished the wolf piece I started many moons ago. This was one of those pieces I had to keep putting aside not because of lack of inspiration, but because other more pressing projects came up, including a major commission. This painting was actually completed a few months ago, but I'm just now getting around to posting it. I hope you like it. This wolf has been alerted by a distant howl. Is it a rival or is he being alerted by his pack to come join in a hunt? I'll let the viewer decide.
A Distant Howl, 12x16, Oil on linen

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Finished - Barn Owl Watercolor

Here's one last WIP shot of the barn owl watercolor...

WIP #3
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...and here is the finished piece! Barn owls are also known as "ghost owls" so I've decided to call this piece "Graveyard Ghost". Hope you like it.

Graveyard Ghost, 30x22, watercolor
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Sunday, February 9, 2014

WIP 2: Owl in Cemetary Watercolor

This is not the best photo as I took this photo inside, but you'll at least be able to see my progress. Since my last post, I've laid in most of the owl. He needs some fine tuning...his markings are not finished, the feet need attention, and edges need to be softened. I thought the sky needed some more drama, so I started to add in some clouds and streaks across the sky. Not much has been done on the monument other than the hand and a portion of the robe.
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Sunday, February 2, 2014

New WIP: Barn Owl in Cemetary Watercolor

I've started a new watercolor. It's been a awhile since I've done one. My watercolors are very time-consuming as I put a lot of detail into them. This one will be no exception. The idea for this piece came about as I was out one evening photographing a snowy owl that had come down from the north to hunt in a field just a few miles from my house. This field is across from a cemetary. I had been parking my car there while taking shots of the snowy. One evening, I walked back to the car and one of the monuments in the cemetary caught my eye; it was a monument of Christ looking over the deceased with this gorgeous green moss growing down the side of his head and down his robe. I love when nature takes over man-made objects. The patinas, rust, and moss that take over are beautiful...and fun to paint. I knew I wanted to paint this. But what bird would I put in the piece? I decided on a barn owl. They are known as "ghost owls"...rather appropriate for a cemetary scene. I thought it would be a cool idea to have my ghost owl fly off from the monument's head as it takes off for its evening hunt.
WIP 1
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WIP 1 - Detail of Christ monument


Friday, January 31, 2014

Raven Drawing

Earlier this month, I completed this drawing of a raven that I photographed in Yellowstone near the Fishing Bridge area. He and his compadre posed quite nicely for me on a sign. This piece was done entirely with charcoal; both vine charcoal and charcoal pencils were used. I used just a little white charcoal too. It was great fun to do. I have not done a graphite drawing in a LONG time and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed doing them. I think I will try to do more of these when I get the chance. I sold this one off of my Facebook fanpage in an auction. If you are on Facebook, check out my page. I post upcoming shows, news, and other stuff going on with my art. From time to time, I auction off pieces as well such as this raven.

WIP - Raven
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Raven, 9x12, Charcoal on Arches hot press watercolor paper
SOLD

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