Some recent paintings in the studio that are in their final stages..
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.
I’m a little behind in posting here. ..and I’ve noted that my behind the scenes, so far, have only addressed the fieldwork side of things (which, honestly, is my favorite part.. and I will be updating on recent visits to Florida and Ontario seeing wildlife when I can :) ).
So, here is a snapshot of something I’m working on today.. This lion is a part of a collection planned for exhibition later this year overseas. The size is a bit deceiving on the photo.. the painting is 20x24in, but it looks so small on the 40x60in tabletop. I’ve been working on several 30x40in paintings as well.
I have discovered that, in spite of the physical and mental challenges of painting in larger sizes (still retaining the miniature detail I use in my smaller paintings) that I like having so much room on the board to work. Balancing the need for impact from a distance coupled with the fine detail that must be done for up close viewing has taken a little adaptation.
As I receive requests for other large works, I think tackling these new projects will be an interesting experience in growing as a painter. Already this lion feels so much smaller than it did when I first began working on it.
It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things. –Leonardo da Vinci
Normally, I have a post every week over at my painting blog, but recently I’ve been AWOL over there. So, unfortunately, I seem to have disappeared..
I may be a little quiet, but the paintings are still coming. I have quite a few actually, but for the time being they are being held back for the show coming up in November at Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head, NC. (The current collection of 5″x7″ and 6″x8″ pieces in progress are pictured below – the larger paintings are not shown) With 40-60 pieces requested (plus others committed to the exhibition in Jackson Hole in August), I want everything set before having too many extras in the new releases posts. Hopefully soon I’ll have both! :)
In all of my spare moments when I’m not in the studio (which lately is rare) I’m tweaking on some other projects I’m working on. Going slow, but still going.. :) More on that later, though.
Unveiling of the shows online will happen closer to the exhibition openings.. In the mean time, I have some work to do..
What have I been up to..
Erm.. Well, April is always a little on the hectic side of things. For some reason it’s the golden deadline period and all the due dates for so many of the events I try to take part in all like to align at once. Of course.
For example, Having 10+ paintings to finish in one week (plus paperwork and sometimes shipping involved), tweaking feathers that don’t look quite right until the last possible minute or deciding a week before deadline that the bear painting I am nearly finished with just is not good enough for the task at hand and start over with a new idea, does leave me exhausted for a while afterwards. To say the least.
Yes, I could opt out and scrap the deadlines. Except having a deadline makes me complete paintings. I like that part. Even mostly finished is great. Also, I don’t want to disappoint collectors/followers of my work/galleries that hope or expect to see my work show up. How would I even choose what to cut? So the deadlines all keep their places in the week of chaos with big circles around them so I don’t let them slip by. But thankfully. Thankfully. That phase is over for 2014. Hopefully I’ll be recovering from it all soon..
Right now, between shipping out to collectors and galleries, I am trying to finish some pieces from my 150 or so works in progress. I’d like to get some fresh work out to some of my galleries in the next few months, and I have some requests from collectors looking for specific subjects, you know who you are ;), I’d like to tackle if I can manage it, too.
I also have a project I’m chipping away at as well. It’s still developing but I’ll show more about that when I can..