It’s hard to believe this is the last week of 2016. It has been quite a year to look back on. As we turn the page, my hope is that 2017 brings positive experiences and opportunities for everyone.
Spending a lot of hours in the studio lately. These are a few new works started this week – a number of raptors and a black wolf (sizes marked on image descriptions). The birds of prey are from some of my studies in Ontario this year. I am enjoying the fresh beginnings of these pieces.
More snow is falling here in Minnesota.. perfect time to focus on putting on the accents of sterling silver and final textures on this collection of little paintings, all under 5x7in. These pieces should be finding their way to a venue shortly. For anyone wishing to reserve one for their collection before they ship off, please drop a note!
I seem to be in the mood for feathers this week.
These little sketches (done in graphite) are the start of some hand held sized songbird paintings, Titmouse and Chickadees. With all of the fresh snow and sub-zero temperatures here in Minnesota, I’ve been watching the bird feeders frequently and enjoy observing their energy in spite of the cold. I think they will be a fun project.
My new Peregrine and Snowy Owl paintings here are again inspired from my visit to Ontario this year. It was so captivating to watch them, especially those that took flight and gave a glimpse of their command in the air. The Peregrine is 16×20, and the larger Snowy Owl is 9×12.
I’ve been busy with a few new paintings this week. It’s that time of year when I have fewer deadlines hanging above me and I get to focus a bit on just painting. ..not to mention the layers of winter building up outside keeping most of us inside.
The Bobcat Kitten paintings are 8×10 and 10×10, both moving well into the color stages. The contrast of textures of the soft fur and lichen and moss growth on their background I think is a nice contrast. I am thinking, with the beautiful variations in the rocks, perhaps I will be able to accent with a little more 24kt gold than usual.. we will see.
The Redtail Hawk was a beautiful bird I was able to visit West of Toronto earlier this year. She had spotted something to catch and was strongly considering dashing off to chase it down. I liked the morning glow through the trees and the feeling of lace in the branches as it contrasts with the feather detail and intensity in the look of the bird. The painting is 12×16.
What’s new? After recovering from the chaos of getting everything together and finished for the show in North Carolina, It’s been wonderful to get back to starting new paintings and getting a little fresh momentum going again. I don’t know why starting new work is always cheery, perhaps the possibilities (before it is littered in mistakes), but it is very refreshing to get going on a new work.
These paintings in this post are some of a collection that I started when getting back from the show. I’m enjoying seeing how the little ones look in their frames – with any luck they will be packing up and off to a venue soon.
Just back from the opening reception of my family’s feature exhibition at Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head, North Carolina. I’m so thankful to the gallery and those involved in making the show possible. The area has suffered so much damage from flooding due to hurricane Matthew and we were unsure that things would still go on. Fortunately the gallery was able to open their doors again just in time for the exhibition. I was able to finish over 50 paintings for the show – Image gallery here and the full show is available on the Seaside Art Gallery website.
Normally I would be out scouting the area finding references after the reception and gallery events or bringing along some small paintings to work on in the hotel after hours, but this time getting everything ready and sent off for the show took a bit more out of me than usual. There was quite a bit showing up right along the beach.. loon, sea ducks, pelican, dolphin, and of course the gulls.. I’m excited to get back to starting new painting soon!