Sunday, July 31, 2011

Evening Feed - Pintail 4" x 4" acrylic $225

This is an older painting that has been touched up a bit. It used to be more pink in tone and I felt it needed more of the oranges of sunset. This scene drake pintail feeds alone on shallow sheetwater to store energy for breeding activity and migration. This scene was observed in autumn so perhaps he got up and flew further south during the night.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Summer Sun 5" x 5" acrylic $245

A pair of turtles warm themselves in the warm summer sun. Although they spend much of their time in the water, turtles do need oxygen and the warmth of the this rock must feel good to these cold-blooded reptiles.
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Friday, July 22, 2011

Vancouver Roller 5" x 7" acrylic $295

After looking at this painting for a couple of weeks, the background started to look a bit empty to me. My wife pointed out the same thing so I kicked around a couple of ideas and decided to add some bald eagles circling and a single gull on the higher rock. Eagle are very common in this part of the world and can even outnumber gulls in places. Another touch up is more 'splash and crash' given to the wave. All of these effects help to add life to this painting.
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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Winter Flurry 5" x 7" acrylic


Available through Collector's Covey, Dallas, TX

There are many exciting things one can come across in the outdoors and suprising a group of wild mallards is one of them. The loud quacks from the females along with their flurry of wings is enough to startle anybody if they didn't see the ducks first.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

MacGillivray's Warbler 5" x 5" acrylic


This beautiful species of warbler was hanging around our riverside campsite last week with his mate. MacGillivray's warblers favor dense understory where they build their nests low to the ground. Every morning around 8am or so the pair would emerge and flit from branch to branch in plain site, then make their way back into the thick bushes. I kept trying to locate the hidden nest but failed as I didn't want to disturb them. However, inspiration came from this experience and this painting is the result. This male is looking up, which I thought added some intrigue. Is he looking at an insect as a meal opportunity or is he looking to gain a better vantage point from a higher branch?

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Whitewater 5" x 7" acrylic


A few days ago, I went on a hike along the Metolius River (in Oregon) with my family and was mesmerized by the colors that could be seen in the rushing water. The sound was awesome as the river narrowed into a canyon forming close to a class 4 rapid.
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