Monday, June 29, 2009

Riverside Retreat 16" x 20" acrylic $3200

A mixed flock of mallards and wood ducks mingle in this backwater hideaway. Snowmelt has caused the Deschutes River to overflow it's banks creating a wonderful pocket of habitat that provides a new food source for these ducks.

This painting is an older one that I have just finished reworking. The colors in the heads of the ducks have been enhanced, especially in the two wood ducks. Some new habitat was also added in the lower left hand corner of the painting to help fill what I felt was an unnecessary void and the background water at the top of the painting was lightened to create more depth.
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Friday, June 19, 2009

On the Road to Emmaus 24" x 48" acrylic


This large painting was done for my church to hang in an area in the lobby that has been dubbed the Emmaus Cafe. It is about the story of Jesus walking and talking with two disciples on the road to Emmaus the day after His resurrection. The disciples did not recognize who he was until after they invited Him into their home for dinner and 'broke bread'.
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Monday, June 15, 2009

Cheetah 4" x 4" acrylic $225

The cheetah is the fastest land animal on earth. It can sprint at speeds of up to 75 mph and can go from 0-68 in three seconds! They are designed for sprinting speed, which can only be maintained for about 1500 feet. A unique fact about cheetahs is they lack the ability to climb like other cats. This daily painting is a portrait of this handsome cat.
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Chipmunk 4" x 4" acrylic $225

I saw this chipmunk on a wooden fence along the Metolius River in Central Oregon. The dramatic lighting is what inspired this daily painting as the rich green grasses were shadowed by towering pine trees allowing the chipmunk to 'pop' in the sunshine.
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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Trip to Milwaukee

This past week I had the opportunity to fly to Milwaukee to visit Classic Art Prints to sign the 2010 Ducks Unlimited National Stamp prints. Marie Cutraro and Tom Zarnoth do an incredible job of matching color and reproducing images as they create prints for many of the top artists in the country. I have been fortunate enough to visit them 3 out of the past 4 years and each time their hospitality has made the experience special. Many thanks go out to Ducks Unlimited, Marie and her husband Guiseppi, and Tom!

Peter signs the prints and Marie pulls them and stacks them.

A sheet of the 2010 stamps along with the new limited edition print.

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Friday, June 5, 2009

Goldeneye Brood 7" x 5" acrylic $265

A female goldeneye protects her new brood on this Spring wetland. Predators like coyotes, foxes, and birds of prey abound in and around marshes like this one making the survival rate of young ducklings quite low at times.
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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Snow Goose 4" x 4" acrylic $225

A handsome snow goose rests peacefully on a reflective wetland. He has migrated from the Arctic and rests after his long flight on Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, which is where I saw him.
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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Tree Swallow 5" x 5" acrylic $245

This painting was originally intended to be just a stand of tules and their reflection but the composition just didn't quite work. So, I added this tree swallow flying over the pond in search of some aquatic insects to eat.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

American River #2 24" x 48" acrylic on canvas


This is the second painting for the commission utilizing bold colors and a more impressionistic style. This one portrays the bluffs near Lake Natomas in Sacramento. Look for more daily paintings starting tomorrow.
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