Monday, January 30, 2012

Parade of Stilts 10x20

  These Black-necked Stilts were feeding along the edge of a slough near my home.
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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Morning Calm 24x16

  As long as I can remember, I have enjoyed exploring harbors.  They are usually hub of activity for people and wildlife.  This is Cordova, Alaska early in the morning at low tide but could be any of the picturesque harbors in the Pacific Northwest.    This is probably the most detailed painting I have done.
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Monday, January 23, 2012

Goldeneye 9x12

  This is a male Common Goldeneye, a hardy and attractive diving duck.  They are one of the last ducks to migrate, remaining in their breeding range until forced south by freezing waters.
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Friday, January 20, 2012

No Man's Land 18x24

  This large Dall Sheep Ram has found seclusion near the head of a glacier-filled valley.
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Monday, January 16, 2012

Golden Rule 12x16

  This is a portrait of a Golden Eagle.  I am always impressed by the aerobatic ablility of these large birds.  Although not above scavenging, they are more predatory than their Bald Eagle cousins.  They are excellent fliers and usually attack their unsuspecting prey from a high-speed dive after a seemingly methodical plan of attack.  I have seen them catch hoary marmots, squirrels and young dall sheep.
  This painting turned into a landscape of sorts with the variety of different feather shapes, textures and patterns.
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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Oak Sentry 18x36 - sold

  I spotted this great oak tree several years ago in the mountains near my home and it stuck in my head.  When I finally decided to paint it, I began in the studio using a small pencil sketch and memory. Then, as I often do with larger studio paintings, I returned to the spot when the painting was about 3/4 done to make adjustments. To my suprise, the old tree had fallen down and was all but gone.  This was disappointing but it fueled my desire to do it justice.  I put in a mule deer to add some interest and provide some scale.
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