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”

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.

Birds of Michigan: Blue Jay

It’s snowing a lot today, and the Blue Jays are feeding on corn that gets scattered on the ground, as well as seeds the other birds drop from the three seed feeders on our front porch. I enjoy their color and curiosity, in spite of how aggressive they are.  So, this inspired a painting: TheContinue reading “Birds of Michigan: Blue Jay”

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”

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”