Monday, January 31, 2011
There's a lot going on in the composition, so it was a huge undertaking. I spent a lot of time strategically adding and subtracting leaves to help round out the structure of the painting and keep the viewer's eye pleasantly drifting from one element to the next. The stars of the show are a pair of golden-crowned kinglets. They're quite common throughout most of the eastern United State, but so small and secretive, most folks have never seen one.
This year's Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is just over two weeks away and this is the final addition to my show inventory. I'll have more than 20 new originals for my visit to Charleston, so stop in and say hello. There are dozens of skilled painters and sculptors on hand and the atmosphere is light and friendly. I'm really looking forward to it.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Today, I have a painting ("Abandoned Spring House") on the easel I've been working on sporadically for several months. It's 15x23, fairly large relative to many of my recent projects. It's also very complicated. I'm making good progress and I hope to have it completed soon... but some paintings have a mind of their own. We shall see...
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
The loon swimming off into the sunset relieves some of the tension created by the left to right movement in the first attempt. This also creates a bit of interaction between these two points of interest, whereas before, there was none.
Finally, I felt the loon needed to be slightly larger. It just seemed smallish. Loons are very large birds and the previous version seemed a bit delicate for my liking. In any case, problems have been corrected and this one is ready for a frame.