Monday, November 5, 2018

Mountain Lion Painting

What I'm working on now is a 24' x 36" oil of a mountain lion.  Today I brought the painting out of the studio and into the garden...Good exercise..  I was able to do some plein air painting on the foliage.
So this is where I am now...Much to do.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

One last Fox post

Fox painting progress. While working on this I was drawn to a mountain lion. Now my time is split between this fox and other foxes and a mountain lion. Oh yes and a grizzly and soon to be added lynx and pack of wolves. I'm busy.  Here's the fox progress.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

More work on the Fox painting

So here's what I've done so far.

Working from really dark to light.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Another Fox painting on the easel

Here's the beginning of a new fox painting. Working from really dark to light.
I'm curious to see if I know my limits....We'll see.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Grizzly Bear Painting

" The Path of Persistence"   Oil on Canvas  24" x 30"
This is Bruno. Bruno is forging for goodies...playing in the stream on the way.
I used a pallet knife mostly wanting to get the movement of his thick coat. This time my pallet of color was a bit more subdued not as contrasty as usual. This painting has become a fun learning experience. Something I highly recommend.  He's almost done..perhaps some more work on the background..

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Fox painting

I've been working a couple of painting simultaneously a fox and a grizzly bear.

Here's the fox. Not named yet...
15" x 20" oil on canvas.

Friday, September 28, 2018

And in the beginning there was a Grizzly Bear

A Grizzly Bear named Bruno.

 Here is the starts of a new painting.

24" x 30" Oil on canvas. Mostly pallet knife.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Fox painting

I'm going to leave this alone for now. Maybe revisit in the future.
"In Sight"   Oil on canvas  15" x 20"  

Monday, September 17, 2018

More work on the fox here's day 3

Next time this painting is posted it will ce complete....

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Fox painting continued

Next day more work. I'm becoming thankful for is my exploration into abstract.

So here it is next day ...Not done yet.

Laying in the shapes..  Fox oil painting continued.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Fox oil painting on canvas

I just came back from a most amazing trip/wildlife workshop. It was at the Triple D ranch in Montana.   I am truly grateful to have worked with two extremely talented artists,  Greg Beecham and Julie T Chapman.
Myself, along with 11 other wonderfully talented artists had the opportunity to photograph, talk art and do art for 4 days in BEAUTIFUL Montana.

So here's the first "start" of a painting from a photograph I took at the ranch....a red fox...

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Cooper Hawk Oil Painting

I'm thinking this is done...for now and maybe forever.  Going to give it some time.
So here it is oil on canvas.....The Morning Visitor...

Thursday, August 23, 2018

More work on Cooper Hawk

Darn I think I've over worked this piece. Going to let this Cooper Hawk sit for a while.  See how it resonates with time.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Cooper Hawk..Oil on Canvas

One day I heard unfamiliar crys  coming from the front of the house. I looked outside and there he was..Cooper Hawk...expressing displeasure of the prescence of the Plastic owl in our front yard.

So here he is....still in the works. Oil on canvas..

Monday, July 16, 2018

Cow Moos small oil painting of Cows

This was fun. I used an undercoat of cad red medium. With pallet knife and oil paint I created this small 8 x 10 oil on canvas..."Cow Moos"  Sure not everything is correct and perfect...but I had fun.

Friday, June 29, 2018

The starts of Cricket our beloved cat

I'm working on drawings of animals past and present.  Here's one from today. Cricket our cat who is gone now....

Thinking of creating a large painting...ideas abound...

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Cow Painting continued

Almost done...Maybe done... Will ponder..
Here she is 20" x 24"  oil on canvas.  I mostly used pallet knife.

Lovely Beautiful Cow resting in Santa Ysabel......

Friday, June 8, 2018

Cow Progress

I did something different this time.  On my small mock ups I used a cad red foundation and on another I applied ult. blue and burnt umber as the foundation. Then I applied the pallet/colors I selected for the painting to see how the colors would perform together.  This time I wanted a less exhuberant result so I went with the ult. blue mixed with some burnt umber. The result was the colors are more subdued. Which is what I wanted.

So here it is so far:

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Too Many Moo's Cow Painting Start

Here's a beautiful cow I met one lovely fall day in Julian. A rural place in San Diego.
She was all spread out and enjoying the day.  This is a sketch for things to come.

Mandarin Ducks

This is as far as I'm going to take this painting. As I said it was a revisit...and a pleasant one at that.
Oil Paint on birch wood using mostly pallet knife and some brush. No solvents involved. I pumped up the color that was in my reference photo.   So here it is

"Mandarin's Revisit"   20" x 24" Oil on wood.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Mandarin Revisit

This is a 20" x 24" oil on wood. I've used both pallet knife and brush. No solvents or medium...just straight up oil paint.

A few years back I painted a similar painting using the same reference , a photo I took at the San Diego Safari Park.
I've changed my pallet/colors, substrate and composition so as not to recreate the same painting.
The first painting has found it's way into a good home.
So here it is so far...almost done.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Black Phoebe Fledglings Oil Painting on Canvas

I think I'm going to leave this painting for now. Better under finished then over.
"Four Black Phoebe Fledglings"   16" x 16" oil...applied mostly with pallet knife and some brush on unstreched canvas...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

New Paintingt..Baby Black Phoebes.....

I photographed these 4 beautiful black phoebe fledglings in our hibiscus bush.
Enjoying the negatives spaces...color contrast and over all joyful experience of recreating the image.
This is an oil painting on unstretched canvas  12" x 12"  .  This is the second day I've been working on it...maybe one more day to completion.   So here it is:

Saturday, March 24, 2018

A Sheep Cluster

The start of a new painting and the second of my sheep cluster series.  This is a 24" x 36"  oil on canvas mostly pallet knife. Let's see where this goes.

My reference is a photo I took at a rodeo I attended last year.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

More Abstract Painting

Here's a 24" x 48"   Mixed media on Canvas  titled   Without Riders.........
Lot's of thick paint here. I used mostly pallet knife.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Painting Abstracts

I've taken another road.....Abstracts.  Very enjoyable and freeing. Here's a few I've been working on.
Mixed media. Oil, Acrylic, Goldleaf on various substrates .

Friday, February 2, 2018

Crows with gold leaf acrylic and oil paint

This is a 24 x 36 mixed media.  Gold leaf , acrylic and oil applied with pallet knife and brush.

Not done yet.  These crows were gathering one morning...loud and lots.  Having fun with this one. Enjoying color and texture.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Mr. B Bear...A Cat Painting

Done.  Oil on Canvas.    This here is Baby Bear painted on a 16" x 12" stretched canvas. I used both Pallet knife and brush .

Not too many colors...

                                                  "Mr. B Bear"     16" x 12"  Oil on Canvas

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Baby Bear....A cat Painting

Here's another painting I'm working on. Keeping it loose....
Enjoying the contrast and subtleties simultaneously.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Bear time

So I started working on this Bear using oil paint and pallet knife on wood.  Perhaps I got too ambitious and added too many colors...we'll see.

Here's what I have done so far: