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.
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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.
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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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