Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Here is a little painting which originally was done to hang with another of the same size and shape, but the other sold individually. No matter, they were not 2 parts of the same scene like the koi below are. This is painted on a boxed panel; that is, the sides are about 3 inches deep and so the painting wraps around the sides and there is no frame.
This pair of paintings were done as a set though they can each stand on their own. No frames, they are 'gallery wraps' which are paintings on stretched canvas' with a deeper rabbet than typical, about 1.5 inches; those wrapped sides continue the paintings.
I am thinking of a large set of these to go in a grouping of 6, or 9, or more. Maybe for an upcoming show some time...
Friday, October 27, 2006
Monday, October 23, 2006
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Monday, July 17, 2006
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Friday, May 26, 2006
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
This is from my pond, or more precisely, one of the tubs holding water plants next to the pond. To get into the tub required a jump of 18 inches vertical.
When I (with the considerable help of friends who like ponds!) dug the pond 3 years ago, I placed about 6 comets into it along with some water lily planrs, submerged plants, and edge plants like horsetail (equisetum, my favorite pond plant). No tadpoles were put into the pond. My house is about 200 feet from, and 30 feet elevation above, a stream that runs into the nearby reservoir. I had frogs in the pond within 2 months of finishing and filling it. Since that time 4 years ago I have seen bronze frogs, toad tadpoles (thousands), and bullfrogs. 2 years ago I had a fairly good sized snapping turtle in there. (HE was promptly relocated to the reservoir as he would have quickly depleted the pond of fish. I had to drain the pond 2/3 before I could find him and I was not willing to wade around to find him). I had been doing some yard work and had left my gate open over the course of a couple of nights. Within a day I noticed a distinct lack of fish and realized there was probably something spooking them into hiding. I had Common Brown Water Snakes visit my pond when I lived in Annapolis and had seen a similar sudden change in fish behavior. Those too were quickly relocated and they were really hard to catch! I was never able to see any sign of a visitor when I was outside so I spent 15 minutes standing at my bedroom window, which overlooks the pond, when just as I suspected a large turtle head broke the surface of the pond.
The snapper was a bit less agile than the snakes though he defintitely required a more cautious 'grab' since he was a hefty guy (he did not fit flat on the bottom of a 5 gallon paint tub).
There is far more night life around us than we can imagine. This turtle found the pond during a stroll up from the ravine away from water. Did he smell easy pickin's? Maybe Carel knows. Maybe he knows the frog specie too. Brownish back,greenish cream underside.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
This would be the Show Bird. He made himself quite available at all times for photography during the trip to Chincoteague. The Bode Miller of egrets (without the 'tude). He will be immortalized a few more times by me over the course of the year; indeed, he surely has been already, by legions of photographers and painters.
Well, another in a series of 'Anticipation' artworks. Basically the view all dog owners get on a regular basis, at least in the kitchen...Will introduce the print and ther original at the Shetland Sheepdog national specialtyshow in Virginia Beach in April.
The dogs are composites from ringside observations, though the foreground one is pretty much one very nice Sheltie I know.
Friday, February 10, 2006
I took a trip to Chincoteague in November and spent several days shooting mostly egrets and herons, with some snow geese thrown in for good measure. The resulting reference has been extremely motivating. This bird will be the subject of a lot of artwortk in the coming year. He (she?) has already been drawn in scratchboard. Here is his first oil portrait.
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Saturday, January 21, 2006
Sometimes when you paint in oils you have several paintings going at once; sometimes they all are finished at the same time.
These Belgians live about 2 miles from me on Rte 32 in Sykesville. I have wanted to paint them for a long time, and I found the right setting after a snowfall a few weeks ago.
Friday, January 20, 2006
The fish I have in my pond don't look much like this; I have comets, and they are pretty wild because I haven't fed them so they don't associate my presence at pondside with anything good. This might be good; I have seen signs of raccoons on the edge of the pond and it is safer for the fish if they are not attracted to movement above the surface. A moot point right now as the pond has been frozen for a number of weeks. These are koi I photographed at an Asian arboretum in Portland Oregon last summer. Could have found some closer to home but here are west coast fish. This will possibly be my centerpiece painting for the small-group show at McBride Gallery at the end of March, themed 'the water's edge'. On the other hand I might be doing a 3x4 foot egret piece, and of course I will have some scratchboards. A lot on my schedule between now and April.
Saturday, January 07, 2006
No, they are not jumping over the (upside down) moon. This is the logo art for the United States Australian Shepherd Association National Specialty in St. Louis in April 06.
The first image is the logo and type, only. It will be printed on souvenier items like shirts, grooming aprons, etc.
The second image is the artwork itself. The painting will be auctioned off at the banquet and the painting will be printed in an edition of 100 only.
This logo will appear on the club's Specialty website
http://www.usasanationals/2006/ in the next week or so with ordering info on the items that will be available.