It seems I didn’t follow up on the work in progress for this little painting so here is the finished piece. Originally it was on a 12 x 16 canvas, but I decided to make it a 12 x 12 inch. This is the final painting – a minimal style that showcases the fawns. There is a larger photo in the Mammals gallery. © Marti Millington 2016
Another work in progress, this one in oil. Its 8 x 8 and because its oil, it has to dry between paint applications. It will be some time before I finish. I photographed the blue jays in an oak tree just off my deck last fall. I liked the way he was looking up with his beak open slightly.
This is a crop of a new project I’m working on. This is an acrylic painting of two whitetail fawns (twins) that played in my yard one summer afternoon. The doe lived in the woods behind my house and for the several years that I lived there, she had at least one fawn. Most years she had twins. This was the second set. The painting is 12 x 16 in acrylic and was originally to be a quick little “sketch.” True to form, I got rather involved in painting the details and now it is anything BUT a quick little sketch. So I will work on it as a detailed painting so far as the fawns are concerned and we’ll see how it turns out in the end.
“What Was That?” The lynx painting is finished! I’m pretty pleased with the results, although I may tweak a little thing here and there.
The reference photos for this painting were taken in Montana, but lynx are native to Illinois, where I live. In fact, two of them live at the local wildlife park. The painting is 14 x 18 acrylic on canvas – available for purchase. There is a larger image in the Mammals gallery. © Marti Millington 2016
Lately, it seems like everything I try to do turns to dust. I’ve started 3 paintings and have not liked where any of them are going. One is oil, the other two are acrylic. Thankfully, its much easier to wipe off the oil painting and begin again than it is the acrylic. After several scrap-offs, the acrylic canvas turns slick and the paint dulls. At that point, its time to throw it away. And it was such a great start, but somewhere along the line, it went awry. So – I will start over – but not just yet. I need a break. I need to do something that I can be happy with when I’m done. When I run into this “art” problem, I go back to my family history research for a few days. I don’t always find anything new, but every so often I find a clue that breaks through a brick wall. Other times, I find information that adds to my understanding of who I am. And that is satisfying. And it gives me time to clear my head. So, I’m off to research for a day or two – then I’ll return to the easel, hopefully refreshed and ready to overcome those stumbling blocks that kept getting in my way. In the mean time, meet the “Little Princess.” This is an oil painting I did many years ago. Sorry – it’s not for sale.
I’ve been working on a 15 x 30 painting of a leopard and its been tedious so I thought doing some small 6 x 6’s might boost my energy. I was right! They are so fun to do, because you must focus on the subject. My realistic painting style makes a large painting a very slow process. But these 6 x 6’s go much faster, even with the level of detail I like to put into each piece.
Both are done in acrylic on stretched canvas and are available for purchase – unframed. Contact me if interested in either painting using the Contact link.
“The Hunt Begins” has been awarded 2nd Place – Water Media at the Irving Art Association’s 2015 Juried Wildlife and Domestic Animal Art Exhibit in Irving, Texas.
This is one of my larger paintings – 18 x 24 inches – and features a Canada Lynx in a winter scene. The lynx wasn’t the most time-consuming part of this painting – it was actually the snow! There is a lot of snow! I photographed the lynx at Animals of Montana while there for a workshop in 2000.
The show will feature wild and domestic animals in oil, water media, pastel, pencil, and photography. Many thanks to juror, Helen Bailey, for selecting my work for an award!
The show opens on August 30th at the Association’s gallery, Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, 1975 Puritan Dr. Irving TX 75062 with a reception and awards ceremony on September 13th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. To see a preview of the exhibit, visit Irving Art Association’s blog by clicking here. To learn more about juror Helen Bailey, you can visit her website by clicking here