Kildeer on Lake Huron Beach

I enjoy painting Kildeer; they are one of my favorite shore birds. This one hangs out on a small rocky point on Lake Huron in North Michigan. I went with a limited palette for this one: burnt umber, burnt sienna, ultramarine blue, yellow ochre and titanium white.

Egret in the Marsh

I have spent a lot of time walking near, around and in the marshes of North Michigan. This is the habitat where black flies and mosquitoes like to live – but it is all worth it to catch sight of an egret like this one! This painting is based on one that hangs out inContinue reading “Egret in the Marsh”

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”

Bunnykins in the Snow: Colored pencil

At my friend’s house in North Michigan, there is a bunny that shows up early in the morning, and in the early evening, to nibble on seeds that the birds drop from their feeders. We affectionately began calling this regular visitor, and one day I decided to draw him using colored pencils, since I wantContinue reading “Bunnykins in the Snow: Colored pencil”

Freedom Fight: First acrylic pour painting

I decided to experiment with acrylic pouring; I know another artist who loves it, and so went online, saw a few videos, and decided to try my hand at it. This little painting is my first attempt: Because I love birds, of course, I had to paint one over the abstract background. I chose aContinue reading “Freedom Fight: First acrylic pour painting”

How to Paint a Cheetah in Acrylic

Last fall, I went to the zoo, and by great luck, got a nice head shot of a cheetah who was resting near where I was standing. I love big cats, and decided to paint one in this art demo where I will share how it is done. First, I primed the canvas (it wasContinue reading “How to Paint a Cheetah in Acrylic”

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”

Juvenile Blue Heron Painting

A few weeks ago, I was at a restaurant in north Michigan when my friends and I sighted a young blue heron outside our window. One friend (Julie Bond) took a photo, which I used as the basis for this painting of a juvenile blue heron. I went with a limited palette, and used aContinue reading “Juvenile Blue Heron Painting”

How to paint an Egret in acrylics: Lesson 2

In the previous post, I shared how I start an acrylic bird painting. In this lesson, I will show the next steps. Next, I start refining my lights and darks, and mid-tones, correcting where needed. I use mainly the palette I mentioned in lesson 1: titanium white, burnt umber, burnt sienna, ultramarine blue, payne’s grey,Continue reading “How to paint an Egret in acrylics: Lesson 2”

Process: How to Paint an Egret

One of my readers asked if I could share my process in creating a painting, so I decided to take photos and discuss how it is done, from start to finish. While the process starts with field studies, sitting out in marshes and swatting mosquitoes and black flies, I will focus on the painting aspectContinue reading “Process: How to Paint an Egret”