Peaceful Afternoon by the Baldwin River

I love the fact that spring is really in full swing here after a long and cold winter; it’s sunny and the moss is growing on the front lawn; irises and tulips are putting up leaves. So, I decided to do an outdoor painting, based on a photo I took of my side lawn andContinue reading “Peaceful Afternoon by the Baldwin River”

Learn How to Paint a Bird – and Help Someone Deserving

I am trying to help my friend, Kai, raise funds to come to the U.S. and study for her master’s in social work. As mentioned previously, she is a victim of human trafficking, who is dedicating her career to helping others break free of this vicious cycle. To help out, I am willing to offerContinue reading “Learn How to Paint a Bird – and Help Someone Deserving”

Birds of Michigan: Mallard Ducks

I’m back to painting my first love, birds. Here is a pair of mallards. I loved working on the detail for the female. The background has some glare; I’ll upload the scan of this painting once I get a chance to. Palette used: water: ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, cerulean blue, titanium white, burnt sienna inContinue reading “Birds of Michigan: Mallard Ducks”

Back to the Basics: Still Life

I am spending some time going back to the basics (still life), working on technique more, with still life paintings. Don’t worry, I’ll still be painting birds and landscapes, too, but want to work on my overall mixing, brush strokes, etc. Below, I’ll share how I did it for those who would like to know:Continue reading “Back to the Basics: Still Life”

Dog Portrait

A few months ago, I painted a portrait of a friend’s dog. She is a beautiful golden retriever, who sticks her tongue out to the side as a habit. Here’s the portrait, based upon a photo she provided. Because this dog swims constantly in the summer, I put the lake behind her: I had aContinue reading “Dog Portrait”

Pink Bouquet

A week ago, a friend sent me a lovely bouquet of flowers, to cheer me up during the…LONG….Michigan winter. I decided to paint it, so here it is: The deep background is a mix of ultramarine blue, olive green, burnt sienna, and lamp black, in several glazes. I  created the basket with mixes of burntContinue reading “Pink Bouquet”

Moose: Another Christmas Painting

In my last post, I mentioned that my other good friend wanted a painting of a moose. Why? Because her house is literally FILLED with moose things: moose towels, cups, figurines, coasters, etc., she is just nuts about them. So, when I gave her a gift certificate for a painting, she said, “A moose! That’sContinue reading “Moose: Another Christmas Painting”

Wild Loons (Christmas Present Painting)

For Christmas, I gave out two gift certificates good for a painting of their choice to two friends. One, who is a birdwatcher like me, immediately said, “I want a painting of Loons” (which show up on her lake, they visit every fall and spring here in Michigan). The other said, “A moose!” (I’ll showContinue reading “Wild Loons (Christmas Present Painting)”

Abstract: Vellum

I decided to play with abstract art today. Below is my first abstract, I call it “Vellum.” I had fun playing with colors and textures. I am working on two wildlife pics, but they will take more time to complete. This is actually a landscape, I based it in part on an old landscape photoContinue reading “Abstract: Vellum”