Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Pintails

   Here is a painting I worked on for most of February. It was my entry for Colorado's Wildfowl stamp competition, which I just received back yesterday. I worked on this largely with no reference other than my studies and photographs from several waterfowl reference books I have. Since I did not have my own photographs to work from, all of the major aspects of this work were 'made up' - pose, composition, setting, and lighting.
   Ironically, just after I had to ship the painting away I had the opportunity to study some live pintails and found a new understanding of their anatomy (I had only had the chance to study mallards and spoonies before). So, I see a lot of things that I would now do differently... but it is what it is for the time that I painted it! I feel that I am learning a lot every step of the way, which is very exciting to me.

It placed 12th out of 43 entries.

"Chilly Morning - Northern Pintails", 13" x 18", Acrylic on illustration board.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Kookaburra

Over a month since my last post! This makes me look like I am falling behind, but I have been hard at work! I've completed four paintings in the interim, but sadly a few of them I cannot share in public just yet as they were entries for different contests. I will be sure to share once judging is complete!

With such tight deadlines and many hours stressing over making paintings that I hope will not be a complete flop, I found that when I finished I needed a short change in pace. Long have I admired kookaburras, and I found myself inspired by a wonderful photograph by Rob and Stephanie Levy (who granted their kind permission further to follow my inspiration..!).

Thus I set out and painted a quick painting of a Laughing Kookaburra; a most amazing and large type of kingfisher. I aimed to keep this fairly quick, fresh, and away from fiddly detail as a way to refresh myself after several very polished paintings.

Laughing Kookaburra - 7" x 13" Acrylic