Monday, December 19, 2011

Valley Pheasants

Valley Pheasants  5" x 7"  acrylic
A pair of ringneck pheasants erupts from the safety of their cover. In the Willamette Valley there are a lot of blackberries and the pheasant feel safe hiding within their thorny confines. It takes a good dog to get these pheasant up.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Pintail Flush 8" x 10" acrylic

This painting was inspired by two places. While in Maryland, I got several great photographs of pintails in various positions which were laid out in a sketch. The original plan was to use the Maryland background but after hunting at a friend's place this past weekend, I decided to use his pond as the backdrop. What inspired the change was a group of mallard that took off from this spot in the same manner as the pintail in my idea.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Ruby-Crowned Kinglet 5" x 7" acrylic $295

Ruby-crowned kinglets are known for the red spot on the top of their head that shows when they are alarmed. This bird is not alarmed as he flits through the fall foliage. Kinglets have unusually loud calls to establish their territories and can be recognized at a distance by their size and constantly flicking wings.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Reflection 12" x 9" acrylic

Standing silently in the glow of early morning, a great egret keeps an eye out for unsuspecting prey. This painting and several other new ones (to be posted throughout the next two weeks) will be available at Wildlife Wonders, a two-man exhibition with George Lockwood at the Orland Art Center January 6-29. A reception will be held the evening of January 6th.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Christmas Card 7 1/4" x 5 1/8"

My painting, Riverside Retreat, was selected by Ducks Unlimited to become one of their annual Holiday Greeting Cards. The inside greeting says "Best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year". You have the option of peronalizing your cards for free when you order 3 or more boxes, which cost $26 apiece. Proceeds from the sale of the cards will benefit wetland habitat throughout North America. Ducks Unlimited is the leading wetland conservation group in the world and is responsible for setting aside and enhancing millions of critical wetland acres.