Thursday, January 23, 2020

Nuthatch, Work in Progress

Oil on Panel, 10" x 8"
I'm trying something a bit different with this painting.  Inspired by a quick application of my end of the work day palette, I worked toward the left side image.  There will be more work on the tree and ground to give it an accurate yet abstract appearance which somehow will meld with a detailed bird. How?  The balance will need to be exact.  

Say What!?!, 2020, Oil on Panel, 12"x12"

When beginning this painting, I researched the size of a chickadee and was surprised to learn they are 4.75 to 5.9 inches.  They seem much more petite when flitting around and their brief sit on the feeder.  I tried here to match that Identification.  

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Chickadees and a Nuthatch

Nuthatch, Oil on Panel, 12"x8"
Say What?!?, Oil on Panel, 12"x12"

It's been bitterly cold here, below freezing for days.  The air, the water, the trees are steeped in gray, but the sunsets are vibrant.  The chickadees and the nuthatch are here coming hourly to the feeders.  Say What?!? is a compilation of photos taken in and around the feeders.  They are so fast and linger only briefly wherever they perch.  I imagine them have a conversation which fits with their constant chattering.  

The nuthatch came about as I was playing with paint remaining on my palette at the end of the day.  I've decided that the Naples Yellow will develop into a more recognizable tree.  

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Recent Commissions

Garden Chair, 2019, Oil on Panel, 10"x8"

Northern Cardinal, 2019, Oil on Panel, 5"x5"
Female Cardinal, 2019, Oil on Panel, 5"x5"

White Hydrangeas, 2019,  46"x60", Oil on Canvas

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Boston Private Bank #4

Crow #12, Oil on Board, 12"x12"
I began the 4th painting for the Boston Private Bank show.  This crow, and friends, were sitting in the very top of a juniper feeding on berries when I photographed them last summer.  This bird had just dropped a berry from his mouth, which will be added to the painting.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Boston Private Bank Exhibit

Crow #11, Oil on Board, 12"x12"

The Big Heist, Oil on Board, 12" x 24"

A Capella, Oil on Board, 12"x24"
I am busily trying to finish 4 paintings for hanging at Boston Private Bank in the Prudential Center, Boston,  The invite comes from the Copley Society of Art of which I recently became an associate member.  I will add one more 12"x12" crow to this collection.  Drying time is an issue as the work is required Jan 3, 2020.  With that factor I've worked most on the Orioles because the reds require more drying time than other colors.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

The Midas touch

Oil on Panel, 12" x  24"

A new painting begins.  I've been months on a commission that proved more time consuming and difficult than I anticipated.  It was 46" x 60" on canvas.  I'm so happy to be back to oil on panel.  

White Hydrangeas with Blue Vase, 26"x60" Oil on Canvas