Friday, December 11, 2015

Finished: Alaskan Brown Bear

Excited to finally share with you my finished Alaskan brown bear piece. I hope you enjoy it!
ALASKAN BRUIN, 24x36, oil on Ampersand Gessobord
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ALASKAN BRUIN (detail)
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Sunday, November 8, 2015

WIP: Alaskan Brown Bear

Back in July of this year, I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Alaska. I wanted to see the Alaskan brown bears, so scheduled a trip to see them in Katmai National Park. I spent five incredible days with these bears at Hallo Bay. It was the trip of a lifetime. This painting is the first of many I'm sure that I will paint from this adventure. This bear is a young boar (male bear) that I witnessed kill a sow's cub. It was heartbreaking to see, but that's the harsh reality of nature. He didn't get to keep his kill, as a much bigger and older boar ran him off his kill. Shortly after, I photographed this guy crossing through some water. It was the shot I had been waiting for...a big boar in gorgeous early evening light, reflecting in water. I knew I would paint him. Here are a few pictures of the piece in progress. Click on the images to enlarge.


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Exhibition Opening at Blue Heron Gifts, Havre de Grace, MD

The Blue Heron is a unique gift shop in Havre de Grace, Maryland which features artwork by local artists. Starting today, I will be the featured artist from October through December. I will have originals, some prints, and even a few pieces of photography available. Several of the pieces will depict local birds that inhabit the area. The show opens October 10th with a reception from 6 - 9 pm where you can meet me. Blue Heron is located at 454-456 Franklin Street (across from Coakley's Pub), Havre de Grace, MD 21078. Fall hours starting Sept 20th: open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 11am to 6pm, Friday and Saturday 11am to 7pm, Sunday Noon to 5pm. Closed Tuesday. FMI: 410-939-6129.
GREAT BLUE, 8x10, oil on Ampersand Gessobord

CHICK-A-DEE-DEE-DEE, 6x8, oil on 2" cradled Ampersand Gessobord

Finished: Wood Duck

I'm bad...I apologize I've been away from my blog for a bit. I much prefer painting! Here is the finished wood duck drake. I titled this On Thin Ice. This piece is for an exciting exhibition in March 2016. More details when the time nears. 
ON THIN ICE, 20x16, oil on linen

Saturday, June 20, 2015

New WIP: Wood Duck

I am currently working on a 20 x 16 oil painting of a male wood duck. This dashing fellow was hanging out with another male at a pond near my work this past winter, at of all places, a Super 8 Motel...you just never know where you'll encounter wildlife! I spent many lunch breaks taking photos and sketching them. We had a rough, cold winter, so the ice hung around for awhile. I loved when the ducks would climb out of the water and stand on the thin ice. This is what inspired this piece. It's got some favorite elements I like to depict: water, reflections, and a gorgeous bird.
WIP 1: Underpainting.
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WIP 2: Block-in stage.
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Finished: Red-Bellied Woodpecker

I apologize...it's been awhile since I've posted any updates. I assure you I've been painting away! I've been working during this time on a piece I could not share with you, as it will be featured in a magazine at a later date. I got a little off-track on the blog posts because of it. I realized I never shared with you the finished Red-Bellied Woodpecker...here he is! Hope you like him.
Red-Bellied Woodpecker, 8 x 8, Oil on 2" Cradled Ampersand Gessobord
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Sunday, March 22, 2015

WIP 2: Red-bellied Woodpecker

I took this progress shot this morning before I started to work today. As you can see, I've started to refine the details in the bark of the tree and I painted in the black barring on the bird. I made good progress today, but did not finish. The bark took longer than I expected. I used a ratty, old brush with stray hairs to help depict the bark and moss growing on the tree. One more sitting and I will be finished.
WIP 2
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Saturday, March 21, 2015

New WIP: Red-bellied Woodpecker

Currently on the easel, is this small oil painting of a Red-bellied woodpecker. This piece measures 8x8. I'm trying to complete a few small, affordable pieces of local birds for an upcoming show later this summer in my hometown. I will keep you posted on the details as I know more. I started this piece by toning the surface with a thinned acrylic mix of pyrole orange and a touch of white. You can see it peeking through on the unfinished bird. The bark was then loosely roughed in with oils thinned with mineral spirits and the bird was started.
WIP 1
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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Common Yellowthroat

I recently finished this oil painting of a Common Yellowthroat. Sorry I have no work in progress shots to share; this one went fairly quickly and the weather outside was uncooperative for photos along the way. I observed and photographed this guy last spring while birding at Cape May, NJ. He was hard to photograph because he was constantly moving through a thick marshy area. I followed him for quite awhile until finally my patience paid off and he posed out in the open on a reed. For my painting, I kept the background loose and simple to keep the focus on the bird.

Common Yellowthroat, 16x8, Oil on 2" Cradled Gessobord.
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Common Yellowthroat (Detail).
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Monday, March 2, 2015

Finished: Otter Painting

Whew.. this otter piece was a challenging bugger and it took a long time...but here it finally is! Hope you like it.

Wet n' Wild, 36x18, oil on panel.
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Wet n' Wild (Detail)
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Sunday, January 11, 2015

WIP: Update on Otter Painting

I'm slowly, but surely making progress on the otter painting. I knew going into this one that it would be a challenge...and it certainly has been. I like to push myself though, because I want to keep growing as an artist. This is essentially an abstract piece as the majority of the painting is moving water. At times, the ripples drive me mad, but most of the time I get into sort of a zone with the water. It's easy for me to lose myself in this one... I lose track of time and realize I have not eaten all day!

I'm being mindful of keeping the shapes of the ripples simplified. Even though they do not look very simplified, trust me they are! There's so much more information in my reference photo. I'm editing and refining the shapes as I go; deciding what stays in and what can be left out. I hope you are enjoying this piece so far...

WIP: Otter painting.
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