Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Not sure when I will come out of this bird series with the sky and garden so populated by colors flying and songs a sing"n.

The Black-headed Grosbeak is something to behold when it lands in your garden. Mine came out a little too orange but it was fun to celebrate the markings on such a handsome bird passing through.

My style is expressionistic whether it be in my figurative work or wildlife. That keeps me out of unhappy behaviors of frustration and brooding.

Monday, March 21, 2011


To say a painting is finished is another way of saying "That's as far as I want to go with this right now." I could spend years playing with all the wonderful features on this magnificent bird I grew up with in Ohio.
Painting small birds on small 6"x8"canvases seems proportional and adaptable to small working tools such as brushes and knives. Truly a challenge for someone who prefers big.
I wish mother nature had dropped a few Cardinals in Oregon when passing through. Such a spirited call.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


This image has a ways to go. The cardinal is easily distorted when painting it's image . For instance, the crest makes the head appear too big for it's body. Also there is so much beautiful red that it seems to consume the details of shoulders, wings, feathers. By researching further tonight I hope to finish him tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Can't seem to let go of exploring birds with paint. Being from Ohio, cardinals are a big part of growing up. Even as a child their absolute red and black was cause for a watch and a smile.

The lines are not quite right yet but the cobalt blue is a must.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

TRY, TRY AGAINtoughttough

No it isn't the same painting as the last post or rather it is but with adjustments to the head, chest, beak, feet, background etc.

In experimenting to attempt painting birds, I have come to realize that when there isn't a significant and obvious muscle form visible beneath the surface the task is complexed.