Friday, April 29, 2011

Tip of Baja 5" x 5" acrylic $245







It has been cold and wet in Oregon for months and when I woke up this morning it was raining again! All this winter-like weather inspired a painting of the warm ocean waters off the tip of Baja California. This is the vantage point from the Sea of Cortez side looking out toward the Pacific. A breeze is blowing, but it is a warm one and the inviting beaches of Cabo are calling...
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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Out of the Cattails 5" x 7" acrylic

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A rooster pheasant erupts from a thicket of cattails. I saw this bird at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge recently and created the cattail habitat to emulate a favorite spot of mine at a local hunting area in Oregon. When pheasants launch with their loud cackles and flurry of wings it is an exhilarating experience.
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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Eastern Turkeys 6" x 7" acrylic


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A pair of Eastern turkeys crest a ridge. The sun is rising but hasn't allowed for enough warmth to burn off the mist sitting in the lower part of the swale. This painting was commissioned and if you are interested in a custom painting of your own feel free to contact me. There is more information on the commissions page of my website including examples of past commissions.

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Evening Paint 4" x 4" acrylic $225








The shadows are longer as the last rays of late afternoon sunshine blanket this hillside. Although the runoff in the creek has all but disappeared the hills are a lush green after a wet winter which makes for some nourishing feed for this beautiful horse.


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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Hunter 5" x 12" acrylic $720









A leopard blends in with the habitat making her a lethal hunter on the plains of Africa. Leopards are difficult to see in the wild because they are very elusive and mostly nocturnal. They are known for living in the sub-Sahara region of Africa but occur in many habitats and throughout various countries including the Russian Far East where temperatures routinely dip below freezing during the winter months. Leopards are very opportunistic and will eat anything they can catch and will often carry their kill into a tree using their extraordinary climbing skills.
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Monday, April 18, 2011

Morning Shoveler 5" x 5" acrylic $265


Last week, on my way back from a show in Southern California, I stopped into Colusa National Wildlife Refuge as the sun was rising. Most of the waterfowl had migrated north except for northern shovelers, gadwall and cinnamon teal. The morning light was spectacular as a storm had just passed through. The clouds above were illuminated which in turn reflected off the water. More paintings will come from this morning, but this painting with the movement of the duck in the water and it's silhouette is the first... My Website

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Rinsing Off 5" x 7" acrylic $295


A wood duck drake rinses off on a sunny day. I observed this wood duck just a couple of days ago and because it is Spring, he is most likely already paired off with a female. Wood ducks are the most colorful of all the North American waterfowl and I am always inspired to paint them when I see them. My Website

Monday, April 4, 2011

Winter Flock 4" x 12" acrylic

SOLD This painting has been revised a bit. On the blog below, you can see the original version. A wood duck has been added to the mix of waterfowl as I had seen one in this spot on this particular day. They are very skittish and took off right away, but the handsome male adds a nice bit of color to the painting. I also put him closer to the shore to add just a bit more depth to the water. An important part of this painting and a big reason for adding the various species (besides added interest) is the fact that when the weather gets cold, ducks like open patches of water. You can see quite a variety of species at times like this.

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Friday, April 1, 2011

The Watering Hole 8" x 10" acrylic $1200

A herd of zebra quench their thirst while keeping a wary eye out for predators. Water in Africa is a great place to see wildlife but it is also attracts a great number of predators. This painting is available through Caswell Gallery's "Africa" show along with two of my other African paintings. The show opens tonight with wine, hors d'ouvres and live African music. The show will run for the month of April - no foolin! My Website