Monday, June 20, 2011


From the Tufted Puffin to a Moose. It was a jump made last week in the studio to throw myself into a contrast of form and detail of a different kind. Feathers to fur and so on. What is pestering me after posting this image is that the moose seems too close in value to the background. That my be good for the moose but not necessarily with regard to the painting. So back to the easel of life.

Monday, June 13, 2011

One of joys in moving to Oregon from Ohio years ago was to experience seeing the tufted puffin. I was fascinated by this energetic bird and still am so I decided to try and paint one.

I thought this would be like a coloring book assignment as I observed the clown like shapes and colors of the puffin's face then it took a short time to realize the complexity of my pallet and the delicate way every feature juxtaposed in or over another.