Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Dos Carlitos 5x7

  This is a local restaurant.  The red awnings and green trim looked like a fun thing to try in the early morning light.  It got pretty involved for a 5x7 but I'm happy with it.  The food was good too.
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Hans 7x5

  Hans Christian Andersen  (1802-1875),  Danish author famous for his children's fairy tales.  Apparently he had quite a profile as well.
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sunday Jaunt 10x20 - sold

  These two made a good pair.  I wanted to capture the horse in a way that helped define the slow, elegant gate which set the tone for the scene.
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Lot of Bull 30x40 - sold

   I wanted to do a large powerful painting for a centerpiece at shows and a bull moose seemed like a fitting subject.  I gave him an aggressive pose with ears pinned back as if he was responding to a challenge.
   I had to get it out of the studio because our dog kept growling at it.   He's not real sharp, but I considered it a compliment.
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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Backwater Ringnecks 7x10 - sold

  This painting was selected to be used for the 2012 Michigan Duck Stamp.  It depicts a pair of Ringneck Ducks.  Money raised from stamp and print sales will help fund that state's waterfowl management programs. Printing has been completed and the original painting is for sale.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Pronghorn Portrait 18x12 - sold

  I never get tired of painting the color patterns on the pronghorn antelope.  They are built much different than any other North American animal, especially their head.  I have to force myself to not think about deer or other animals that you think would be similar.  I have gone through many drawings and studies to get comfortable drawing these unique animals. 
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Friday, December 2, 2011

Old Friend 20x14

  I have spent countless cold mornings and stormy days huddled around old wood stoves; this is one of them.  You can always count on them cut the chill and dry your clothes.
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Friday, November 25, 2011

Out of the Shadows 14x18 - sold

A mule deer buck pursuing a doe in habitat typical of the west with sage and juniper.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Mama's Boy 8x10

  This was a good looking calf to paint.  His mom was not so sure about the idea and since she was in the way most of the time, I added of bit of her as well.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Winded 5x7

  This old windmill has seen better days.  Much like many of the dry land farmers in North Dakota where I painted this.
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Undertakers 10x16 - sold

  I liked the backlit wings of this turkey vulture as he was getting warmed up in the morning sun.  This looked a little ominous at first glance, so the title seemed fitting.
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Peaches and Cream 14x18 - sold

  As I was sketching this preening cockatoo in pencil, I was trying to think of something that would help me to remember the color; a mental note that I could use later.  The ice cream flavor 'Peaches and Cream' did the trick.
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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

Night Watch 16x12 acrylic - sold

  Great Horned Owls have a very intense look about them, as do all birds of prey.  Their keen eyesight helps them hunt at night.
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Monday, October 31, 2011

Quail in Pyracantha 11x14 acrylic -sold

  This is a Valley Quail in a pyracantha bush.  The berries get a nice, bright red in the fall.  I have to admit, this one took a little more than a day, but it is an example of a larger piece.
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Spoony 5x7 acrylic

  This is a male Northern Shoveler feeding in shallow water.  They are named for their large, flat bill which helps them sift their diet of small invertebrates from the water and mud.  "Spoony" is a common nickname for this colorful duck.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Guardian 7x5 acrylic

  This figure sits over the church entrance at the Santa Barbara Mission.  I liked the Spanish architecture and composition of this idea.
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Friday, October 21, 2011

Afterglow 5x7 acrylic - sold

  I passed this little church in South Dakota just after sunset.  Looking at the telephone poles, I'm guessing it gets a little windy there in the winter.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

Resting Mandarins 6.5x9 acrylic

  Native to Eastern Asia and Japan, the Mandarin Duck is closely related to the American Wood Duck.  There are a few pockets of introduced birds in the United States.
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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Spring Turkey 8x10

  Male turkeys are called "toms".  This one is strutting to show off his colors and size to impress the others.
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Friday, October 14, 2011

Fatal Attraction 9x12 acrylic

  A Snapping Turtle lies motionless in the brackish water with its mouth wide open, using a worm-like appendage on the tip of its tongue to lure fish within striking distance.  This painting received an "Award of Excellence" from the Society of Animal Artists.
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Feeding Swans 5x7 acrylic

  Swans have an elegant way about them and they offer many color options in the shadows and reflected light on the white plumage.  I found these two feeding just before sunset.
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Monday, October 10, 2011

Alaskan Potholder 7x5 acrylic

  This hangs on a friend's cabin in Alaska.  It's an old moose pelvis turned into something useful.  This type of ingenuity is common in rural Alaska.
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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Anticipation 5x7 acrylic

  This little decoy looks like he's ready for action. Painting this turned out to be an excercise in painting different textures of wood. 
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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

No Reservations 8x12 acrylic

  This looked like a very inviting spot.
  A wrapped canvas print of this image is now available.  The price and details can be seen on the 'prints' page of my website.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sunrise in the Wrangells 16x20 - sold

  This is an older painting that has not been seen by many.  When I was guiding a sheep hunter in Alaska's Wrangell Mountains several years ago, we saw this scene early one morning.  As we were watching these two rams, the rising sun began to hit the glacier ice behind them.  Although these particular rams were not what we were looking for, the image stuck in both of our heads.  I painted this for that client the following year.  Click on the image for a larger view.
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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

2011 Michigan Ducks Unlimited Sponsor Print - original sold

  This painting "Evening Calm" was selected for the Ducks Unlimited Sponsor Print in Michigan.  It has been printed with matching stamp and is being sold by Ducks Unlimited Chapters throughout Michigan to help support their conservation efforts.  I can sell you one of these prints as well.
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Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Touch of Red 12x8

  I thought this was an interesting piece of architecture.  I like the way the light falls on the different shapes and textures.  I really wanted to paint it when I noticed a house finch tucked in there, trying to stay out of the wind.
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