Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Palo Verde and Mourning Dove 9" x 12" acrylic

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A mourning dove rests in a palo verde tree which is common to the desert southwest. I was drawn to this idea by the strong position of the dove and the direction of the tree branches. Mourning doves are one of the most numerous and wide-ranging gamebirds. Their numbers total 350 million throughout N. America! They are one of my favorite birds to watch fly as they very graceful reminding me somewhat of a pintail. When they take off their wings make a distinctive whistling noise.
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Monday, July 26, 2010

Perched Cardinal 5" x 5" acrylic

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The third in the desert series... a perching cardinal, another common bird in Arizona and always exciting to see. This time of year the cardinals are feeding their fledglings who can now almost fend for themselves.
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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Gambel's Quail 5" x 5" acrylic $245








As I am in the desert for a few days helping my dad recover from surgery, this is the second painting of species common to Tucson. This is a gambel's quail and he is regally posed on a rock with palo verde branches hanging from above. These quail are very common at my dad's house and it is great to look out the window while painting and have live reference material!
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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Anna's Hummingbird 5" x 5" acrylic


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An Anna's hummingbird moves among some flowers. Their brilliant heads are a sure field identification marker. They are known for their remarkable dive displays that can happen from as high as 120 yds. They dive to within a half yard from their target and stop with a loud squeak to intimidate other hummingbirds in their territory and they can do it to people as well.
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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Through the Narrows 18" x 24" acrylic


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This beautiful area is part of an island chain in the Queen Charlotte Strait where my family and I recently anchored for an evening after a day of fishing. The islands that dot this region are rugged and spectacular and I wanted to capture the essence of the area with one of it's main inhabitants - the bald eagle. After experimenting with several different bird positions (all in flight), this angle was decided on as it shows the eagle has just flown through the narrow passage between islands toward the viewer (an angle not often painted). The lichens and sealife on the rocks indicate the high tide line and adds a necessary splash of complimentary color. Unfortunately, as is normally the case, the camera didn't read all of the colors in the painting so I tried to fiddle with it a bit to better match the painting.
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Monday, July 12, 2010

Cascade 5" x 5" acrylic $245









I just returned from a trip to Vancouver Island, BC and while there was able to do some "plein air" painting (painting on site). This type of painting offers a challenge because the light and weather influences the landscape with constant change. Painting quickly is key! This painting was done in an anchorage known to locals as Cascade which offered us a break from the open water swells and wind waves. The area is part of a group of islands located in the mouth of the Queen Charlotte Strait outside of Port Hardy. We saw eagles, otters, deer, whales and dolphins here. If you are interested in watching wildlife or fishing for halibut and salmon in a spectacular setting you can visit http://www.silverfoxmarinecharters.com/ for more information.
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