Birds of Michigan: Mourning Dove

I’m back to painting birds again, this is a mourning dove in golden light, sitting in the grass. I wish I could my photo here to look like the original painting; it’s a lot more washed out looking than the original on my easel (probably because of glare, etc.). I enjoyed painting this one; I loveContinue reading “Birds of Michigan: Mourning Dove”

Portrait Day 7

The portrait is finally done. For some reason, my camera picked up more yellow than is in the original. I added yet more details to the face, softened transitions, added more details to the dog’s fur. The pit bull was painted with raw umber, burnt sienna and ultramarine blue for darks; and yellow ochre, burntContinue reading “Portrait Day 7”

Portrait Day 3

Today, I added some highlights, shadows, and more detail, especially to the girl. I am also adding more colors to the dog’s coat. I am trying to keep my light consistent in the background and on the objects; it’s a warm mix of cad. yellow med., yellow ochre, and titanium white. It’s starting to comeContinue reading “Portrait Day 3”

The Feast of Tabernacles

As a messianic (Jewish) Christian, I enjoy this time of year more than any other. As a child, I lived for a time in Israel, and once the Day of Atonement is past (last weekend), the tabernacles start going up. These are small, temporary shelters (sukkah) which are erected for this Thursday’s celebration of Sukkot,Continue reading “The Feast of Tabernacles”

Birds of Michigan: Greeting the Morning

I love finches, because they add color and liveliness to the landscape. This painting catches a finch clinging to a twig as the morning light shines on him. I painted the grays with a mix of ultramarine blue, transparent oxide red, black and titanium white;  I used these colors and added cadmium yellow for theContinue reading “Birds of Michigan: Greeting the Morning”

Birds of Michigan Series: Winter Partners

I love to paint birds, and winter scenes, so this painting combines these two. One is a sparrow, the other a chickadee. What I love about the sparrow is the fact that his posture reminds me of a “grumpy old man” sitting there on the bush.  These guys came to the feeders last winter, andContinue reading “Birds of Michigan Series: Winter Partners”

Learning to Use a Palette Knife: Mountain Waterfall

I am finally learning to use a palette knife for the first time. I like it, but realize it will take time to master using one. I particularly like the effects on rocks. So, I chose a rocky scene (one a friend shot in Colorado) for this landscape. Water is my favorite thing to paint,Continue reading “Learning to Use a Palette Knife: Mountain Waterfall”

How to Paint a Bird: Learning to make a video

A friend of mine has a videorecorder, and so the other day, I decided to try and make my first video. Here’s what I have to say about it: the adage “you learn from your mistakes” is certainly true! I DID learn a lot about what NOT to do, and so the next time IContinue reading “How to Paint a Bird: Learning to make a video”

Michigan Bird Series: Female Cardinal

Last spring my roomate took a picture of a female cardinal in the snow (yes, there was snow until April here; I thought I had moved to the land where winter never ends by the end of my first Michigan winter!) As I mentioned before, I love cardinals, so I decided to paint here. IContinue reading “Michigan Bird Series: Female Cardinal”

Michigan Birds: Cardinal

I love cardinals: their calls in the spring, their bright red against the snow, and the cheer they bring. Here is the first cardinal painting I have done; I plan to do another one in a week or so.

Birds of Michigan Series: Chickadee

A few days ago, I finished a painting of a chickadee. I love chickadees, because they are the ones that watch out for danger. We have a hawk nearby, and when the chickadees give the alarm, all the other birds go completely still until the most alert chickadee gives the “all’s clear” signal. Here heContinue reading “Birds of Michigan Series: Chickadee”