Wednesday, November 19, 2008

'Two By Two'

"Two By Two"
Oil on Linen Panel
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Since this is about water and a pair of ducks, it seemed the next progression (at least in my mind) was a Noah's Ark allegory. "And they came, two by two...." (This painting actually would be lovely placed in a child's wing of the house, but could work anywhere you have a collection of birds.) Mostly it is just about local wildlife which I love and enjoy so much. We are lucky to have some small lakes and a couple of big ones in our area, plus the Catawba River, so the birds are abundant. Occasionally I catch sight of some Great Blue prehistoric and elegant.

But back to the ducks.....the water was a bit choppy and I didn't want the background to overwhelm the sillhouettes of their beautiful white feathers and charming, eager faces. It was a lot of fun to paint!! I was happy to have the time yesterday to paint most of the day. First time in over a week. Yippee!!

Monday, November 10, 2008

'Just Before the Fall'

"Just Before the Fall"
Private Collection

I have been so slammed with my Dad's concerns, sorry to keep repeating this mantra, but I have had little to no time for my painting this past week. So this is a piece I did a while back. It is much more vivid in real life. The title refers to the fact that this lovely farm close to our town was bought out by a developer and a church and no longer exists as a farm. I had admired it for a long time. They had those wonderful Belted Galloway (Oreo) cows and fields of hay. It was beautiful and then it was gone. I know this is happening everywhere all over the country, but my heart breaks to see these smaller family farms bite the dust.

Now, hopefully, to squeeze in some time for new work. "Hopefully," being the operative word.
Stay tuned! :-)

Saturday, November 01, 2008

'The Twig Thief'

"The Twig Thief"
Oil on Masonite Panel

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It was the look on his wary, as if he was going to be caught in the act or maybe the twig police were after him. I've been saving painting this one for Halloween weekend. I knew I would be in the mood for painting this beautiful black bird and the spirit he conveys.

The background color in reality is a much softer yellow than the greenish cast that came out in the photo. I tried it three times, but my camera must like the green shade better than my soft fall goldish yellow. The blacks are much darker black in reality, too. Sometimes the colors come out just right..other times you just know the camera isn't going to reproduce the painting as exactly as you would like.