I’ve been a little slow to update the behind the scenes installment from the past week, but better late than never.
Feeling the need to make a little room in my crowded work space, here are a few smaller pieces being finished up recently. Quite a change from the recent 30in x 40in collection, and a bit easier on my muscles thankfully (I’ll be back to the large pieces shortly). The work pictured range in size from 8in x 10in to 11in x 14in.
Several new large paintings (30in x 40in) are on my drafting table this week in sepia watercolor stage. This is a striking Saker-Gyr that I was able to see while up in Ontario earlier this year visiting Falconers and Raptor Sanctuaries in the Toronto area. Thank you to Falconer Steven for giving me the opportunity to spend some time observing.
The patterning of plumage on this bird was stunning – I hope to capture all of it in all its complexity in the final painting. It is definitely a challenge putting all of the markings in, especially at this scale. I can already feel the impact from the size and angles. Hopefully I will be able to achieve the look and presence I am after in these paintings.
This is the beginning of a new collection I am putting together for an upcoming exhibition in Asia with Mandala Fine Art.
With the upcoming feature exhibition in North Carolina this Fall at Seaside Art Gallery, I’m in the process of planning out quite a few paintings for my part of the collection (Karen and Bonnie will be showing as well). I am so looking forward to returning to the OBX. This painting of a pair of Egret may be included in the final selection for the event.