Monday, August 30, 2010

Incoming Wigeon 4" x 4" acrylic


A pair of wigeon is joining three males who are resting calmly. This spot has been deemed safe and the postures of the ducks on the glassy water show they are at ease. I originally did this painting with only two birds coming in, but decided not to post it because something seemed to be missing. After looking at the painting for a few weeks, I decided a few more on the water would add both depth and make the piece more interesting.
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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Preening Egret - Art Gone Wild

The magazine, Art Business News, has included this image, Preening Egret, and several quotes in a recent article titled 'Art Gone Wild'. The article discusses quite a few things related to the wildlife art industry including a brief history and how it is doing in this economy. To view the article you can click here. It begins on page 26 and also showcases several images by some of my favorite wildlife artists. Enjoy!
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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Greenwing Teal 5" x 5" acrylic $245

A drake greenwing teal rests on a shallow marsh. Shallow freshwtaer is a favorite habitat for this duck and often times they can congregate in the hundreds on such an area. I was inspired to paint this duck (one of my favorites) because of the semi-alert attitude he has. In scenes like this I strategically place the marsh grasses to create depth in the painting. Greenwing teal are the smallest of the North American ducks and fantastic fliers! They dart through the air like little jets.
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Sanderlings 5" x 5" acrylic

In visiting the Oregon coast this past weekend, I was able to observe flocks of migrating shorebirds in some spectacular sunshine (a rarity there). This miniature painting of sanderlings was inspired by watching them scurry in and out with each wave feeding right at the oscillating water line. They move so quickly and almost have a toy like appearance has they chase each retreating wave.
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Friday, August 20, 2010

Cinnamon Teal 4" x 4" acrylic $225

Cinnamon teal migrate very early in the fall out of Oregon and start returning in April. Because they are such early migrants and travel all the way to Central America and Mexico, I rarely get a chance to see them when the majority of waterfowl are present. They are beautiful ducks and stand out like a gem when they are seen in wetlands. This male was seen on an overcast day and his plumage still seemed to pop, which is what I wanted to depict when I painted this scene.
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Through the Pines 5" x 7" acrylic $265

A black-capped chickadee flits through the lodgepole pine in search of an insect meal. They tend to feed by picking under the bark and inspecting pine cones for their unsuspecting prey. It seems that every time I am in the woods a flock will work through the area I'm in and I can hear them coming by their unmistakeable high-pitched chicka-dee-dee-dee.
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Monday, August 9, 2010

In for the Evening 14" x 18" acrylic

This flock of four geese is just landing on glassy water. The foreground shows that another has just skimmed by across the surface on it's decent and the lower goose is just splashing into the stillness.

This painting was commissioned through the St. Lukes Jr. Auxiliary Auction and the proceeds were used to purchase an ultrasound machine for their hospital. You may wonder what a commissioned painting is? It is a custom painting specifically created for the client that are either from their photos, an idea they have in their mind or even a specific animal or scene they like. These pieces of art can be a pet portrait, a painting or drawing of children, or in this case a group of geese landing on a calm evening. For more information about getting your own personal drawing or painting and to see examples of some the commission I have done recently, you can visit the commissions link on my webisite.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

On the Run - Pronghorn 8" x 10" acrylic $1100

A male pronghorn antelope runs down a female that has strayed from his harem. I saw this seen replay itself several times as another group of females was with another male not more than a mile away. The males were intent on keeping the does in a tight group. This painting will be available at the Ponderosa Art Gallery in Hamilton, MT for the 27th annual Fall Classics Show and will be exhibited alongside the work of Clyde Aspevig, Cyrus Afsary, Bill Anton and many other top artists from around the country. The show runs from August 14th - September 18th. For more information you can call (406) 375-1212.
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