Monday, April 25, 2011

Whooper Swans and Lady Amherst's Pheasant

I have an intense love for birds-- all birds-- and cannot resist the urge to paint them. Give me a reason to paint them and sometimes I'll nearly turn inside-out to do so!

So it was that my friend and I were cruising through James Gurney's blog (check it out if you haven't) and stumbled across a link to the Share One Planet competition. A very neat project-- a global competition featuring the work of those that use computers as their artistic medium to raise awareness for wildlife conservation. This is something right up my alley... painting animals (birds), using the computer to paint with, and conservation! Unfortunately, I noticed that the deadline was less than a week away. Miserable luck, seeing as how it had been open for months. I applied, received a formal invitation, and got to work promptly. A week later, after working non-stop except for a few hours sleep each night, I got my paintings in just under the deadline.

"Forest Resplendence", Digital, using Corel Painter's Oil Pastel and Acrylic brushes.

For those not familiar, my method for digital art is remarkably similar to when I am painting with physical acrylic paints. I am presented with a canvas, and I will then create and refine a sketch to work from. Painting directly onto the digital canvas, I will build color up and blend as if working with traditional paints. While it does take less time than traditional acrylics (no dry time, and mistakes are easier to paint over), the computer does not do any of the 'work' for me and no computer rendering or effects are used.

"Veneration to the Sun", digital, using Corel Painter's Oil Pastel and Acrylic brushes.

Initial sketch and color mock-up for Veneration to the Sun. Parts of the composition were later adjusted and the image mirrored.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Wood Duck

Here's a piece I painted in February for the Delaware Duck Stamp Competition. Judging was yesterday so I can now post the piece here!

This is a drake Wood Duck, gliding across a calm body of water. This painting was based on observation, and several photos I took while on the West Coast in January. Special thanks to my friends Hillary and Damian for taking me to the wild ducks and for lending a camera!

"Across the Surface - Wood Duck", 12" x 15" Acrylic on Hardboard.