Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sam I Am

"Sam I Am"
10x20 acrylic on stretched canvas
gallery wrapped sides with image continued
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As I have previously mentioned, this is a painting for the upcoming Art in the Park show in October . This painting is from a wonderful reference photo from Hytham Elbohy. 

This gorgeous macaw reminds me of a friends bird whose name was Sam. Sam was incredibly smart - would let himself out all the time and walked around like he owned the place (which he did). 

Likewise, I use to visit a bird store near my home that specialized in larger birds (macaws, parrots, cockatoos, etc). A large, blue macaw use to sit on a perch in the one room & toss his toys at people. Then yell "pick it up" - guess he was teaching us humans how to fetch! Incredible birds indeed!

As I said, it is for the art show, by email if you are interested in this piece.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Miami Flamingo

"Miami Flamingo"
9x12 acrylic on canvas
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This is another photo from Cindy Fry that I loved and had to paint. This is again shapes & lines. Had so much fun blending the pinks. Then added some ink lines, both black & rose colored. Finally, I gave it a small amount of background color in a Teal.

This makes me think of the 80s, with the abundance of pastel color. A bit of Miami Vice, for anyone who is familiar with that show - hence the name for this. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Heron Closeup

"Heron Closeup"
9x12 acrylic on canvas
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I had to do another Heron - this photo from  Cindy Fry was too good to pass up! And working with the acrylics, I gave this an almost watercolor look. Shapes & lines is what created this painting, simply shapes & lines. But put altogether, and the Heron comes to life!

The background, at first, was too similar in intensity to the bird & foreground. So I did a simple, light-light green wash on the background elements. Brush on, wait 2-3 seconds, wipe off. It leaves a "film" of paint over the background colors - just enough to soften the colors & dim the vibrancy. (light light green is mostly watered down titanium white, which can mute a color. I was counting on that to create that washed out background in this).

I really like how this came out. I will mat & frame this piece for the upcoming show.

Friday, September 9, 2016

The Heron

"The Heron"
10x20 acrylic on stretched canvas
gallery wrapped sides with image continued
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As I had mentioned in a previous post, this is another painting done for the upcoming show in October (which I received confirmation on that I am definitely in!). This painting is from a wonderful reference photo from Ernie Griffith.

I love these large, almost prehistoric birds - they stand at the waters edge so silent & still. They study the water & the fish, simply waiting to reach in & grab a bit of food. And when I don't actually see them, I see their footprints in the sand. They love to fish in either early morning or late in the evening. And as it gets dark, right after sunset, you can hear their call - like something from the dinosaurs! Love them!


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