Friday, May 29, 2009

American River #1 30" x 30" acrylic on canvas

This painting is one of two that were completed this week as a commission for the lobby of a law office in Sacramento. Lots of color and a looser style is what was requested. The paintings were a lot of fun and very freeing (the second will be posted tomorrow). I feel that these paintings pushed me as an artist and taught me something about the use of color and how colors can play off one another. I bought tubes of paint that I don't normally use like magenta and bright aqua green. Look for future daily paintings to subtly incorporate a bit more of a vivid color palette while still maintaining the realism.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Waxwings 4" x 4" acrylic $225

This pair of cedar waxwings was passing a berry back and forth for a few minutes this morning - just enough time to inspire a daily painting. I'm not sure if the exchanging was a mating ritual or not, but it was interesting to watch.
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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Greenwing Teal 4" x 4" acrylic

The greenwing teal is the smallest of our North American waterfowl and it is among the handsomest. This daily painting portrays a male swimming calmly on a clear day.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Spring Goldfinch 5" x 5" acrylic $245

This male goldfinch landed on the top of the autumn blaze maple right in front of my window yesterday. This time of year they are striking in their breeding plumage.
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Monday, May 18, 2009

American Wigeon 4" x 4" acrylic $225

An American wigeon comes in over the reeds. This daily painting is a study for a possible federal duck stamp idea where the main focus is on the bird.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Ellensburg National

This weekend I will be traveling to Ellensburg, WA to participate in the 37th annual National Art Show and Auction which will feature the following attractions:
- Talented new artists and nationally-acclaimed artists display and sell original art and prints
- Quick draws and artist demonstrations
- Auction includes original artwork and quick draw pieces
- Over 14,000 square feet of climate controlled show space
- Free parking
- Food vendors - Three Peaks Outfitters of Cle Elum, WA will be serving delicious cast iron cooking for all to enjoy. Stop by the encampment for a unique and filling meal. Beverages are being run by Young Life of Ellensburg

Monday, May 11, 2009

Tundra Swan 7" x 5" acrylic

A tundra swan stands peacefully in a shallow wetland. They are identifiable by the yellow tear drop just under the eye and they often intermingle with trumpeter swans.
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Friday, May 8, 2009

Reflections 4" x 4" acrylic

This daily painting depicts a black-necked stilt wading through some calm water. It is from the same reference I used for an earlier studio painitng a couple of years ago of two stilts moving through some calm waters, which you can see at this link.
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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Gray Jay 4" x 4" acrylic

This daily painting is of a gray jay as he perches atop a fallen tree. They are common in Oregon in the mountains especially around campsites where they have been nicknamed "camp robbers". Another common name for this species is a Canada Jay. They can be tame enough to eat right out of your hand if you hold out a piece of food.
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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Long-Billed Curlew 5" x 5" acrylic $245

The final painting in the series is of a long-billed curlew - another species that can be found in sandy, coastal habitats.
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Sandy Habitat Series - Set of Four $735

This set is complete and available for sale. Sold as a group of four for the price of three, $735, or individually for $245.

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Monday, May 4, 2009

Pheasants out Front 5" x 5" acrylic $245

A pair of ringneck pheasant are out in front of the viewer. They are not running but are cautiously moving away and are easily visible with the shorter grasses. Although they are an introduced species, the distinctive plumage of the male pheasant makes it one of the more beautiful birds in our country.
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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Egret 5" x 5" acrylic $245

On a cool, crisp morning a great egret cruises overhead. An unseen, newly fallen snow below helps subtly highlight the undersides of this magnificent bird.
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Friday, May 1, 2009

Flooded Fields 5 3/4" x 8 3/4"

A pair of horses traverse a flooded field on their way to drier ground. These fields are located just outside of Burns, Oregon and flood every spring. The area is a haven for waterfowl, which is why I was there. However, when I saw this scene, I had to paint it.
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