Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Cheetah photos

I had the opportunity to meet and photograph this handsome Cheetah last week. He will definitely become a painting in the near future. Cheetahs can run up to 60 miles an hour for aproximatley the length of 2 football fields.

 I also met this beautiful grey fox and he will also become a painting in the near future.
Grey foxes can climb trees. They have very strong, non-retractable claws that are hooked to help it grab onto trees.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Wolves of Camp Verde

Continuing my work on wood with pallet knife and brush these two wolves reside at Out of Africa in Arizona.    I am still working on this one.

9"x12" oil on wood

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Mountain lion painting

Here we go. I mostly used a pallet knife..thick application of paint on wood.
First day....more to come tomorrow. A Mountain lion descending.....

Monday, April 10, 2017

Wolf Painitng

I'm going to call this painting done. There is always something more I could do .

 So be it.

not so fast......decided to work some more on the painting. I felt the need to use the pallet knife and apply thick paint....show movment.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Wolf Painting

Today I started a small oil painting of a Wolf in oil on wood. It's 9 x 12.
I'm experimenting with color and I suppose when I become more sure of myself the brushworks will follow...
This wolf resides at Out of Africa in Camp Verde, AZ.

so here it is.  Hoping to finish it by Monday because I have more ideas that are bursting  at the seams.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Work continues Two lioness's Sisters

Returning from my trip to Florida  I have renewed energy and more ideas....time to create.
Here's a 30 x 40 oil on canvas of Suri and Jillian two sisters residents of  Lions Tigers and Bears.
I started this painting a while ago and felt it was well worth a revisit and more work. I'm not quite done yet but I'm getting close.

In between I've been working on some small pieces. There has been some success and some unhappy endings. Just like life....I will keep working, learning and befriending those times of challenge.

And more possibilities for the next painting.....or maybe I'll paint a bear...this is how it begins.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Rodeo drawing

Pulled out the color pencils for this one.


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Congas Colors Leopard Painting

One of my favorite subjects to Paint, Conga the leopard.
This is a 30" x 24" oil on Canvas painted mostly with pallet knife.

"Compared to other members of Felidae, the leopard has relatively short legs and a long body with a large skull. It is similar in appearance to the jaguar, but has a smaller, lighter physique. Its fur is marked with rosettes similar to those of the jaguar, but the leopard's rosettes are smaller and more densely packed, and do not usually have central spots as the jaguar's do. Both leopards and jaguars that are melanistic are known as black panthers.
The leopard is distinguished by its well-camouflaged fur, opportunistic hunting behaviour, broad diet, and strength (which it uses to move heavy carcasses into trees), as well as its ability to adapt to various habitats ranging from rainforest to steppe, including arid and montane areas, and its ability to run at speeds of up to 58 kilometres per hour (36 mph.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Leopard Painting Wildlife Oil on Canvas

As I continue to explore color and pallet knife the paintings become more alive. The paintings have lives of there own. Once again I push contrast...because I love contrast.
Here's the start of a new painting.  Conga the leopard from LTB is once again my subject.
This is a 24" x 30" oil on canvas.    More to come... not finished.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Bear Painting continues

I've got some lovely photos to paint from. I took many at LTB last March.  Bears galore. Here's another Bear painting on wood panel. Once again using pallet knife and thick paint and strong vibrant color.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Bear Paintings

Just like the cows, I'm working on bears.
I'm working on 9" x 12" wood panels using oil paint.  First I stain the bare wood with  a few coats of Amber shellac . Then I start blocking in large shapes using a pallet knife and thick, impasto paint.

So here it is Voila: