Thursday, October 21, 2010

Federal Duck Entry

Just a quick post to share my Federal Duck Stamp entry for this year!
Judging was last Friday, and I was elated to watch round one live, broadcast online.
My piece did not make it past round one (5 "OUT" votes) but after seeing the other entries I didn't expect it to. Some really fantastic work this year! You can see them all here.
Here are the scores....
And the top three!

Here is my entry. I think you can tell I struggled with it! It is not the best painting I have ever done. I will try again next year, if I can afford the entry fee. There are some really pretty species to choose from next year!

Northern Shovelers - 9" x 7" Acrylic on Masonite board

Saturday, October 9, 2010


September's rushed right by without even a peep from me! How embarassing. I've been painting various pieces for duck stamps, both state and Federal levels. Sadly I cannot share them until they have been judged. I still have a lot to learn and a long way to go!

Here's a painting that I can show you right now that I just finished this week!
Painted just for the joy of painting and as an excuse to experiment and 'warm up' with my paints again.
This painting was inspired by several photos and sketches I made of an ocelot at the Buffalo Zoo last spring.

There is a fair amount of impasto on this piece, and my scanner really didn't know what to think that nonsense so I regret that this scan is not entirely accurate to the original. It's a bit richer and the whites are not quite so blown out in the original.

"Ocelot"   Acrylic paints on 8" x 10" masonite board