WIP – Summertime Fun

Whitetail Fawns

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.

Two New Paintings – 6 x 6 inches

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.

Hunting the Fence Row - Fox 6x6 Acrylic $300

Hunting the Fence Row – Fox 6×6 Acrylic $300

Mt. Moran

Mt. Moran

Back at the Easel

WIP-Bobcat

It has been over a year since I painted anything. Several personal life events, a lot of confusion, and uncertainty about my skills as an artist, have all kept me from even thinking about painting. The passion for painting had disappeared. It wasn’t fun anymore – it was more of a chore. Artists are full of self-doubt, and while we may receive tons of positive reinforcement, there is always one who constantly comes at us with negative critiques that adversely impacts our self-confidence.  I was far too focused on whether my work was “good enough.” And listening much too much to that “voice.” I had a long talk with myself, and came to the conclusion that the negativism wasn’t about me, my work, or helping me to advance. It was about that person’s own insecurities.

Steve Jobs said it best:  “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”

And he’s right! The only way I’m going to improve is to stop listening to the naysayers, and pay more attention to the people who are TRULY trying to help me grow – and there are many of them. I found a sketch and reference photos that I have always wanted to paint. And what a joy it is to be painting again! It’s exhilarating too that, instead of looking at my painting and thinking if it will be “good enough” for this or that exhibit, I look at it and ask myself, is that the right color, the correct attitude I want, etc. I find that I am much more focused on the actual act of painting, itself.

The painting above is a Bobcat that I’m currently working on. This photo was taken a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve progressed quite a bit on it. I just can’t post it yet, as it will give away the “surprise.” The painting is done in acrylic, and is 11 x 14 inches. And it such a pleasure to be Back at the Easel!

 

 

“Chance Encounter”

Chance EncounterWhile working on a 14 x 18 acrylic painting, nothing I did made me happy.  I really liked what I had done at the top of the painting but I could not seem to tie it into the bottom. The solution? Use the top of the painting rather than “toss” the entire canvas. I cut the 18 inches down to 11 inches and painted this white tail doe into the winter scene. “Chance Encounter” is 14 x 11, acrylic on canvas and available for purchase.

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“Ole Tom” – Cougar

Ole TomWhile in Montana, I visited Animals of Montana for a photo shoot. This is “Ole Tom”, the resident cougar. He might be old, but he still had a lot of spunk! The painting is 9 x 12 inches, acrylic on canvas and is available for purchase.

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“Shades of Gray”

Shade of Gray

It has been a very long time since I’ve posted anything here. I just finished this painting titled, “SHADES OF GRAY.” The painting is 12 x 16 acrylic on canvas, and is done in black and white on a black primed canvas. Only the wolf’s eyes are in color. I am excited about how it turned out. I have never painted on a black canvas before, but I really enjoyed how it developed.

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