Friday, December 25, 2020

The Great Ambassador Victor the Cheetah

An Ode to a Great Ambassador, one who worked to give a better understanding of the world of Cheetahs.

The large spotted cat found in Africa and parts of Asia. The fastest animal on land kind of Cheetah.

This is a 40" x 30" oil on linen in the process. Probably the last painting of 2020.

I had the wonderful experience of meeting this Great Ambassador named Victor, photographing him and observing him.

He passed this year. In honor of him I paint this painting.   RIP Victor the Great Ambassador.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

More work on the young buck of Cambria

 Some more work on the young Buck of Cambria.   Trying to have some fun...

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Young Cambria Buck

 Watched this Buck when I visited Cambria Ca. last December. I was sitting on a deck off the upstairs bedroom looking down when he came by with his family .

Trying to remain subtle in my values here...for me this requires concentration and control....Challenging but rewarding.

So here he 3 .  Just a bit more to go.

20 x 16 oil on linen

Monday, November 16, 2020

Leopard time

 Catching Conga the leopards expression as she peered around a structure was priceless. Wide eyed, focused and ready to pounce. Working from the photograph...this is a painting I will label part of the process.

This may be as far as I take it....... for now here she is:

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Fun time

 I enjoy exploring and trying new ways...staying connected to my creative spirit...

When I work to create for myself all kinds of good and sometimes not so good things emerge. Having a voice is one thing but sharing it is another..

So without further ado here's what I've been working on. These are small oil on birchwood using only pallet

Saturday, October 3, 2020

It's Bear time....

 The painting I am presently working on is a Grizzly Bear named Albert.  I took photos of him when I visited Lions Tigers and Bears in San Diego. He has since passed.

I wanted to show his Bigness...he also seemed to have a very gentle soul.  Albert and his sister Cherry Bomb were captive their whole lives.

This is a 18" x 24" oil on line board.   Almost complete, maybe one more day...

Saturday, September 12, 2020

I finished the Coyote

 This is a 24" x 30" oil on linen.   In preparation for autumn....leaving the summer heat behind.....

Tentatively Perched, Anticipating what's to come.....

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Coyote...tentatively balanced on a rock

 Here's the painting I'm currently working on. It's a 24" x 30" oil on linen.

This coyote has a possible dinner in sight but he's awkwardly teetering on a rock. Holding still with strong interest in what might be a bite to eat.

Working this one from mid tones out.  Practicing patience and some control.  Day 4.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Dancing in the Sunlight....A new Bear Painting

 Here's Dancing in the Sunlight 30" x 24" oil on linen...Day 3 of applying the paint. Not done yet. I say this because I also did an oil study on paper from a photograph I took of a Grizzly bear in Montana than used a photograph I took of gathering crows and incorporated the 2 into one. Did an initial draw in of the painting to get the size and anatomy right then laid down a foundation of color started working large shapes to smaller shapes worked from mid values out after years of study and practice and workshops with some incredible artists like Greg Beecham and Julie T Chapman and going to college and studying in Europe owning two Galleries and an art consulting business and building a collector base, selling worldwide and generally working my butt off making mistakes and learning dealing with critiques positive and negative winning awards...and that folks is how I come to how much I value my hard work and substantiating a price for my work.   

Sold another painting last week...A Fox... off to a collector in Idaho.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Mountain lion...

I'm working on a mountain lion. Finding quiet in the heat of the day. Finding quiet in the heat of the world....Peace...Warms and cool together..happily creating...harmony.
Here it is thus far maybe as far as it will go:

Friday, July 10, 2020

Fox on The Rocks

20" x 16" oil on clear gessoed linen.  "Fox on the Rocks"
Could be done!

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Working on another fox painting

I am enjoying working on clear gessoed linen.   Also am enjoying working on Foxes..
This is image is from a reference photo I took on a Montana trip. Day 3.

20" x 16 oil on linen:

Friday, June 26, 2020

Mountain lion continues and fox enters

I'm working on these two simultaneously.  A little fox a lot of mountain lion.
Working on getting the anatomy right and all the rest to follow suite.  Color ,value, narrative, harmony, composition, texture.......

So here they are:

16 x 20 oil on clear gessoed linen:

 24 x 36 oil on board:

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Day 4 of the new Mountain Lion

Working on being present...shapes, color action:

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The art of Balance....A new mountain lion painting

I've ramped up the colors..Tired of being forced fed fear.
So here she is day 2.....

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

More work on Conga

And in the midst of all these outside events....inside I am trying to remain somewhat focused.
Covid 19 riots, protests...too much agitation not enough LOVE. Media is having a field day.

Anyway here is more work on Conga.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Conga the leopard

This is an 18" x 24" oil on linen.   Conga the leopard is a resident of Lions Tigers and Bears in Alpine, CA. I photographed her on two different occasions. She is very photogenic...'.
Day four....

Thursday, May 14, 2020

More work on the Lynx

I've pushed this one .  I believe I'm in the midst of change....So I need to be patient with I try to get to a place of  an ah ha moment. I hope not to stay here too long.
So here's day 3:

Monday, May 11, 2020

A painting

Day 2 on the new Lynx painting.  12" x 24" oil on linen.
I'm enjoying working on this size linen canvas.   Let's see how this one unfolds.

Here it is:

Monday, April 20, 2020

Gracie in the Fields...continued

I'm going to say this is done...It was an experiment. There are parts that worked and others with continued tweaking that might work better. But, I am going to leave it.  I had fun.

So here it is Gracie in the Fields.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Gracie in the Fields Wolf painting

This is Gracie a wolf I've painted before...a few times. Mostly I paint animals that fill the canvas, not this time.  Day 2 : I'm working on a  16" x 12" oil on canvas..

Monday, April 13, 2020

The Elusive Observer.....Mountain lion revisited

A while back I painted this image and sold it.  Last week I decided to paint the image again...a few years later.   Felt like I was visiting an old friend.  Time has changed the way I see and how I portray what I see. here it is..."The Elusive Observer" , AKA Conrad, 20" x 24"  oil on linen.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Wolf is done

Ok day 2 and the Wolf is finished   14" x 11" oil on linen.....tittle to be determined.


Here's a solitary wolf...usually pretty social but this time he's a loner...kinda like the times...

Day 1.   More to come. I seem to move more quickly and with ease and joy.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

A fox is done.

Reynard is finished.   12" x 24" oil on canvas.   Here he  is:

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Up next a Fox

So I photographed this fox in Montana and have painted him a few times and thought I would paint him again. Every time I revisit and paint this fox I learn something new.  Like: The red fox is not always red, but a variety of shades from cream to almost black.

So here he is a ''Reynard".....male fox

12" x 24"  Oil on canvas.    Day 2...more to come.  Got some more tweaking to go..

Friday, March 6, 2020

Coyote Done

I'm going to call this one finished...Colors swirl with movement.  Where is she headed? Is it her den?

18" x 24" oil on board.  Title:   Not sure Yet...

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Coyote time..New painting

Ho Ho having some fun here.  Changing up my pallet a bit.  So this is day 2.
It's an 18 x 24 oil on board.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Complete......Mother lion and her Kitten

It's done.  After careful consideration and pondering suggestions this painting is done.
Now to name it...hmmm. Maybe "Grace Strength and Love"
24" x 30" oil on linen.

Here it is:

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Next Painting session

Struggling with understanding, grief and what to do..A good friend passed yesterday.
Thought I might complete this painting but there's still some more I want to do. The more I do the more I do. Surely there must be some sign of the end...

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Almost complete...Mother Mountain lion and her kitten

Time..patience, persistence, perseverance....
And new glasses.

So this makes four days of painting.  Before I started the painting there was drawings to be made.
It takes time and energy to create.

So here it is so far:

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Some more work on Mother and Child

Still going. More to come.  "A Precious Moment"

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Love...Mother and child New Painting

One of life's super blessings. A mother and child. Here is a Mountain lion Mom with one of her kittens.
So here it is so far. 24" x 30" oil on 2....

Thursday, January 30, 2020

More work on the new Deer

Working on creating movement with color and strokes.  Movement creates a stream of color..whether bright or dull it depends on the intent or experience of the energy required for the action.
So here she is...Another Perspective another movement requiring a different action.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Another Deer for the new year

Different observation...This is a 16" x 20" oil on linen. Day one of painting.
I actually tried a Grid for the first time and found it saved time on my drawing.  Will do this again.
So here it is:

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Next painting of the New Year A Deer

I met this deer one September afternoon in Montana. Strolling through a park with a fellow artist/friend we saw this deer with two of her young'n. She seemed to instruct her kids to go ahead and hide while she would deal with these curiosities.

So here she is. I just worked on her one day so far and still have some more work to go.

12" x 16" Oil on linen.

More work done next day...Going to call this complete!

Sunday, January 5, 2020

New Year Buddy

So much has transpired since last I posted. Too much to discuss.

Here's a new painting. Buddy 9" x 12" oil on linen.