Sandhill Cranes: Oil Painting

A few weeks ago, I saw some sandhill cranes feeding in the evening light at Misery Bay. I took a bunch of photos, and decided to take a more impressionistic approach to these beautiful birds. I used a limited palette for this oil painting: tit. white; ultramarine blue, cerulean blue, Burnt Umber, burnt sienna, yellowContinue reading “Sandhill Cranes: Oil Painting”

Mute Swans on the River

I love the beauty of swans, and when I saw these two on a nearby river, I couldn’t resist painting them. I hope you enjoy their elegant grace as much as I do! As usual, my palette was limited: titanium white, burnt umber, cadmium yellow, ultramarine blue and cerulean blue. The swans can be seenContinue reading “Mute Swans on the River”

Art Lesson: How to Paint a Nuthatch

Nuthatches are one of my favorite birds. I enjoy watching them creep sideways or even upside down along the sides of a tree; or resting on a stump. In this painting lesson, I will share how I paint a nuthatch from the start. Step One: Take a photo. This can take hours, and involves “birdContinue reading “Art Lesson: How to Paint a Nuthatch”

Winter Sunrise, Lake Huron: oil painting

One of the things that I love about Lake Huron is that the light is always changing, and the way the lake looks changes with it. One early morning, I was amazed at the beauty of the sunrise, and this oil painting is the result. I wanted to show the light sparkling off the snowContinue reading “Winter Sunrise, Lake Huron: oil painting”

Chickadees on a Winter Day

During the winter months in north Michigan, some of the most frequent birds visiting feeders will be chickadees. They stay on through the snow and sub-zero temperatures, and to me they are a symbol of hardiness and resilience. I used a limited palette for this painting: ultramarine blue, titanium white, burnt umber, burnt sienna andContinue reading “Chickadees on a Winter Day”

Tundra Swans on Lake Huron in Michigan: oil painting

One of the most beautiful sights along the shores of Lake Huron in the winter are the swans. These beautiful birds float in small groups, and in the winter, look almost like small “ice chunks” when they dive their heads under water. I used a limited palette (burnt umber, burnt sienna, ultramarine blue, titanium white,Continue reading “Tundra Swans on Lake Huron in Michigan: oil painting”

Ducks on Lake Huron: Winter

It is fascinating to watch Lake Huron begin freezing in the winter. I happened to see some brave mallards swimming in the cold water between ice a few weeks ago, and decided to paint this scene. This was done in oil over a base of acrylic, with a palette of ultramarine and cerulean blues, titaniumContinue reading “Ducks on Lake Huron: Winter”

Pumpkins

I have a friend who absolutely loves pumpkins, so for Hanukkah, I painted her a picture of pumpkins piled up on straw, based on a photo I took in Hillsdale, MI last fall. She loved the painting (said I could post it here). But I also feel that these pumpkins symbolize a bit more. EachContinue reading “Pumpkins”

Wood Thrush

Wood thrushes are beautiful birds that like to nest in high trees (therefore, near woodlands). This painting is based on one I saw a few weeks ago at a local aviary. I painted this in oils, using a limited palette (ultramarine blue, burnt sienna, burnt umber, cad yellow, titanium white, sap green0