Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pintail Pair 5" x 5" acrylic $245

Northern pintails are among the earliest nesters after arriving on their northern breeding grounds. They also migrate incredibly far with many reaching Mexico and Central America during the winter months. This pair was seen in the Willamette Valley in Oregon (where I live) in the same spot as the birds from the previous post. In this painting, I used their graceful plumage to lead the viewers eyes into the painting creating the illusion of depth. The subtle habitat also lends to the illusion and indicates how shallow the water is.
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Monday, October 25, 2010

Pintail Trio 5" x 5" acrylic

This painting will be available through Collector's Covey in Dallas Texas.

Drake pintails have such graceful lines that I will never tire of painting them. Here a trio of pintail uses one of my favorite wetlands. Every time I visit this spot (in winter) they are there, sometimes in huge numbers. They are used to cars so they are easy to sketch and photograph. I have a spotting scope that attaches to the window of my car that I will look through while I draw the birds. The second the car door opens though, they fly!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Morning Web 5" x 5" acrylic

Sometimes the subtle things in life are inspiring like a spider web straining under the weight of morning dew. The spider itself is in hiding as it's web is not as effective in these conditions. The pattern is amazing nonetheless and inspired this painting.
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Signs of the Season 6" x 6" acrylic

This painting was done as a commission where several sketches were completed and the idea was agreed upon. I enjoy sharing a vision and creating paintings that people will enjoy for years (or even generations) to come. In this case a female goldfinch is returning to her nest to line it with some freshly found thin grasses. The model for the painting actually collected these grasses from a planter right outside of my studio window this past spring. The pink crabtree blossoms help to offset the other primary blues and yellows in the painting.
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