Got Juried In at Kalamazoo Nature Center!

I’m excited; I just found out today that I got juried in to exhibit at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, which shows some wonderful art by local artists. Their head curator sent a very nice letter, letting me know she will be contacting me soon to make arrangements for an exhibit. So, time to get theContinue reading “Got Juried In at Kalamazoo Nature Center!”

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”

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”

Yay! Sold Out and Other Great Stuff

Okay, I’m very, very glad – my art cards have been selling well at local art galleries during the holidays, and today I sold out of one of the card lines (the blue jay – I should have made more!). I also created a profile and will have my art on the Saatchi Art Gallery online.Continue reading “Yay! Sold Out and Other Great Stuff”

Birds of Michigan: Canadian Geese (in process)

I love Canadian geese. Here is my latest in my “Birds of Michigan” series; it’s the painting with the geese and reflections almost finished. There was a ton of glare in the photo of my painting that I took; I don’t have a polarized filter, so I tried to blacken in the necks of theContinue reading “Birds of Michigan: Canadian Geese (in process)”

Lake Michigan: Symphony in Blue

I love painting water, and in this one, I wanted to play with the range of blues in the evening (I went semi-abstract). I used cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, cerulean blue, alizarin crimson, burnt sienna, cad. red light and titanium white; along with sap green and cad yellow light for the palette.