Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Blue-Winged Teal

This was my entry for Oklahoma's Duck stamp competition. With most of these competitions I am usually very conscious of what the judges might be looking for and try to cater to that, but with this one I decided just to have fun. I knew it probably wouldn't do well as a result, but that was okay with me this time!

Needless to say I didn't do well, but the painting was fun to work on.

"Blue-Winged Teal", 9" x 12" Acrylic on board

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Rio Grande Turkeys

I love turkeys but I haven't had the chance to paint them recently, so I jumped at the chance to do so for a game stamp competition. This is one of those paintings that fought me the whole way, but it ended up being a great learning experience and I think that is what counts!

While I did not place, my painting made it to the 'semi-final' round (always a relief when they don't think it's rubbish!).

"Rio Grande Turkeys" - 15" x 20", Acrylic on board

Monday, December 6, 2010

Beaks and Cheeks

I love birds and have a great deal of fun painting them! The cormorant below was a cheeky sort of fellow, and I fell in love with his gem-like eye. The cockatiel is actually one of my own parrots (or should I say, she owns me), Zephyr. I've had Zephyr for nearly 11 years now, and she loves to sit on the arm of my chair as I paint and snooze with her 'cheek poof'. It is a great chance to paint from life.

Unfortunately you cannot get a sense of impasto from the scans.

"Double Crested Cormorant", Acrylic on 5" x 7" board

"Cockatiel Cheeks", Acrylic on 5" x 7" board

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Two Gryphons

I'm behind in posting new works, but I'll remedy that.

Here are a few fanciful watercolors I've painted in the last month, both sporting mythological beasties. The first is a gryphon I've based on a peregrine falcon, stooping on some doves. The second is just for fun. I hope you enjoy!

"Split Second", Ink and Watercolor, 6" x 18"

"Skimming Gryphon", Ink and watercolor, 6" x 18"