Here is an update on things in the studio – an assortment of subjects this time.
A look back at a few of the final paintings of 2016 in their just-about-complete states. I liked the variety of this collection, with the different species, in layering all of the feathers. Just a little bit of extra color added some excitement, too.
The Redtail and Kestrel facing to the right are 8×10, the other Kestrel is 6×8, and the Snowy Egret is 7×7. Inquiries welcome.
For the start of 2017, something fresh (and covered in fur rather than feathers) seemed to be in order. These are a few new paintings I’ve started getting going on – all shown in sepia watercolor stage. I hope to be getting some of 2016’s final works posted up shortly.
The raccoon and bear cub are both 8×10. The black wolf with boulders is 11×14. Inquiries welcome.
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.