Sunday, July 31, 2011
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
Friday, July 22, 2011
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.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
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.