Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
A Pacific roller breaks over a small rocky outcropping on it's way to Vancouver Island which is in the background. I enjoyed adding subtle colors to both the rocks and the wave in this landscape painting.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
Recently, the 7 month old baby of some friends of ours named Malea contracted bacterial meningitis. This is a serious and possibly fatal illness that affects the outer lining of the brain and is contagious mostly through contact with saliva. Malea is a wonderful, happy baby and her condition was so serious that she needed to be airlifted to Doernbecher's Hospital in Portland. She is now facing the amputation of one of her feet, blisters all over her body, and at least another month in the hospital not to mention possible future complications. The family is financially not in a place to afford all of the medical bills, travel and hotel stays in Portland.
For the rest of this month (thru June 30th), 100% of the proceeds from the sale of all of the prints and notecards available on the 'prints' page of Peter's website will go directly to the family for financial support. You can also donate directly to any Wells Fargo branch in Albany, OR care of The Malea Fox family.
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Friday, June 17, 2011
Lily pads have been painted by artists throughout the centuries because they lend to a peaceful experience that can be calming to one's spirit. Claude Monet, the French impressionist, created what is perhaps the most famous series of lily pad paintings during the early part of the 20th century. While creating this painting, it reminded me of another one that I did in similar style - Ending Rain. The concentric circles going back into the painting create the depth that is crucial to a painting such as this.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
A pygmy nuthatch scales down the side of a tree looking to eat insects hidden within the bark. I saw this bird on the branch that protruded from an old fallen tree that was very rugged looking. This ruggedness against the smoothness of the delicate bird is what attracted me to paint this scene.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
While walking through the quaint town of Sisters, Oregon, I spotted this family of barn swallows that had set up their home outside the overhang of a local business. The adult was catching insects nearby and would frequently return to feed the anxiously awaiting chicks. In mere days, these four will fledge and leave the safety of their nest.
Monday, June 6, 2011
Thoughout most of the year this bird is a more subdued brownish streaked bird with hints of yellow on it's rump and sides. However, in the spring, the males are a showy splash of white, charcoal and yellow. They are quite numerous at times and will forage almost anywhere quickly changing their diet from insects to berries, then back to insects again. This particular bird was seen in a pine shrub outside my studio window.
Friday, June 3, 2011
On a gray overcast day a wood duck offers a splash of color. These ducks are stunning and almost gaudy they are so decorated. They prefer wetlands next to flooded timber because they nest in trees and will even perch in trees. When the babies are ready to leave the nest, they will jump out of the tree (or nest box) cavities from great heights without injury.