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A little face

A little face

We have barns swallows where we live and I just love to watch their graceful flight and their beautiful colors. This lovely bird is on the easel today.

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Glazing demonstration

Glazing demonstration

Two weeks ago I did an underpainting demonstration and now it's time to show the glazing process. The underpainting was created with raw umber, white, and black. It is now completely dry to the touch. Starting with a fresh palette I lay out all of my transparent oil paints. I have pulled each color out with a little medium so that the transparency is easy to observe. I am also using a fresh sheet of palette paper to keep the glazes free of color contamination.  It is also time to switch from my thinnest painting fluid to a medium-bodied fluid.*...

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Underpainting demonstration

Underpainting demonstration

This painting is a commission that is still in progress. It is based very closely on the famous Arnolfini wedding portrait with the exception that an otter and a Westie represent the client's family, and other personal items have been inserted. Here is the original by Jan van Eyck (1434): I thought it would be fun to show how I tackle such a detailed painting. 1. I researched the animals and made sketches of the otter and Westie in the appropriate pose. There were also some other small sketches made of any areas that were going to be altered, such...

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"The Firefly Kingdom"

"The Firefly Kingdom"

     After completing "The Firefly Kingdom" last week, I had a majestic visitor. The very next day I was in a heavily wooded area with tall trees and a wide open canopy. I was delighted to see a barred owl lift off a nearby shed when she sensed me walking in her direction. Instead of leaving the area, she alighted in a nearby tree and looked down on me, she was all eyes. I was attempting to inch closer to her for pictures (which I took, but are not good enough to post). Eventually she skipped over to a hidden...

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Barred Owl

Barred Owl

I have been working on this painting of a Barred owl for many months and wanted to share a small detail with you. I will post images of the full painting when it is complete. Also featured is a queenly white rabbit and flying squirrel dignitaries. After working on my book of fables for over a year, I have been excited with the prospect of going even deeper into narrative driven paintings. This year you are seeing colors I've never used before in this series, as well as a pull away from stand-alone portraiture. Strangely, the most frequently asked question...

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