Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Napa Valley - SOLD

"Napa Valley" - California
6x12 acrylic on canvas
Available through Daily Paintworks auction - click here to bid

This month the VPO visits the Napa Valley in California. The original Google map view can be seen here.

I wanted to find water - I felt the need to find some water in amongst all these vineyards. There was some areas on map but unfortunately Google did not map all the roads in that area (or there aren't any roads there to map!). But I keep looking until I found this scene & I thought it would look great in the 6x12 slices format.

This particular piece is up for auction - and it was a welcome change from the birds I've been doing lately. I am still not sure whether I will do a 2:1 ratio Landscape theme for some upcoming shows, or if I will show the Acrylic inks & washes instead. The later is focusing on birds - the lines in this style seem to work well with the feathers of the birds. I still have time to decide, so for now, I keep working in both formats. 

Monday, June 20, 2016

My Lil Chickadee

"My Lil Chickadee"
6x12 acrylic on canvas
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I could not resist this title!  This is from another photo of photographer Russ Bridges - he does such wonderful bird photos! 

This is also a 6x12 "slices" painting, and it is done in acrylic inks & washes. I've had so much fun with these little birds - I may do a few more, but I have a few other paintings to work on. I may come back to this subject soon though - I have a few vertical versions in mind.


On a separate note, my painting "With Butter & Syrup" was purchased through the "Art - Food for the Soul" show. I was totally surprised - pleasantly I must add - but it has left me in a  quandary on what to put into the gallery this weekend. My original plan was to simply move the waffles piece from show to gallery. But, as my husband likes to say, this is a happy problem!

Actually, I need to get 4 pieces ready for this weekend's delivery! Two are being prepped to go into the SVAN member show, 1 will go to the SVAN gallery and 1 will go to the Perth Information Center (where SVAN members also display their work). 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Blue Headed Peep

"Blue Headed Peep"
6x12 acrylic on canvas
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I am having so much fun with these 6x12 bird paintings - this is another from photographer Russ Bridges. And again, this is acrylic inks & washes. This style is so flattering to the feathers of the birds as well as the texture of the branches they sit on. 

I am working on a 4th one of this series, also horizontal. I have a few others picked out with a vertical composition. 

My plan is to have all of these in a show this August (and again possibly in a show in Sept/Oct), which is why there isn't a purchase button on these bird paintings. But if you are interested in purchasing one of these, please email me & let me know - we will work out an arrangement (or I'll just paint another bird for the show!!)

Monday, May 30, 2016

Bird on a Branch 2

"Bird on a Branch 2"
6x12 acrylic on canvas
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Another acrylic ink & wash painting done, similar to the "Bird on the Branch." This one is from a reference photo from John Frost, a wonderful photographer of wildlife - particularly birds.

I cropped the image for the 6x12 format and then worked with the lines in the bird & branch. I'm not sure of the kind of bird this is, and that has left me with an "untitled" piece. I'm not sure what to name it - does anyone what kind of bird this is? And does anyone have a title suggestion - would love to hear them!


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