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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