Sunday, September 26, 2010

Yellow-Headed Blackbird - SOLD

Yellow-Headed Blackbird
acrylic on canvas
12" x 6" x 1.5"

I decided to try something different and paint a small bird rather than the usual four-legged creatures that I focus on.

The beautiful yellow-headed blackbird makes a surprisingly piercing squawk.

Silent Witness

Silent Witness
acrylic on canvas
24" x 12"
Available for purchase at Carnation Corners, Carnation, WA

I'm steadily catching up on my painting after a crazy couple of weeks. I'm working on a series of farm animals for an upcoming show at Jubilee Biodynamic Farm.

I'm still painting lots of wild fauna, of course. I just finished this particular painting, which was my first attempt at painting a cougar. It's amazing how much my own housecats resemble this impressive animal. Cougars are the largest cats that can purr (to the best of my knowledge...scientists are still debating, apparently).

He crouched low and long on the road,
Low and long and golden against
The leaves, watching pensively,
A damp sphinx of the woods.
-Keith Holyoak, from "The Cougar"

Monday, September 20, 2010

Where the Tall Grass Bends

Where the Tall Grass Bends
acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
16" x 40" x 1.5"
Available for purchase from Freshwater Studio & Gallery, Dillon, MT

I decided to try my hand at a small herd of bison - you can click on the thumbnails to see the detail better. Iridescent gold paint is mixed in with the pigments.

Autumn leaves are fallingAbout her new-made graveWhere the tall grass bends to listenTo the murmur of the wave.Laden autumn, here I standWith my sheaves in either hand;Speak the word that sets me free,Naught but rest seems good to me.
-Elizabeth Siddal, Untitled Fragments

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Little Bighorns

Little Bighorns
acrylic on canvas
18" x 14"
Available for purchase at Carnation Corners, Carnation, WA

I decided to experiment a bit with this one. I used isopropyl alcohol to dissolve droplets of paint on the canvas; I started by using the alcohol drops just on the rocks, then expanded them to the rest of the canvas.