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Owls and Birds

Birds and Owls

When I paint birds and owls, I look at how they interact with other animals and other birds. And then I think of how humans interact. Often we have modified our means of communication and travel so we communicate far beyond the local territory that constrains a bird.

Some of my paintings are meant to open the door to discussion, such as Hash-tag Hoot where the father owl is tweeting #Hoot on his cell phone. Or Odd Birds in the Family Tree, where in the same painting are found American Owls and owls found on far flung continents.

Here I have collected a few of them. Enjoy!

I admit, a few bears, and foxes and other critters snuck into the gallery as well.

Hash-Tag Hoot

Spin

My Cold Toes

Soar

Foxy Gets Married in the Enchanted Forest

The Trickster (aka Foxy) in Love.

In Your Dreams

Owl Power

(Painting not availble, donated for fund raising to the Ridgefield Guild of Artists)

Odd Birds in the Family Tree

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Musing about the Ocean

Rather than a snowy winter we have had a wet one.  I think all that water inspired my muse to think about the ocean.  Here are some watery thoughts for you!

As I painted this theme it became more and more abstract

Night Moves  EXCITING NEWS!  NIGHT MOVES WAS JUST ACCEPTED INTO THE RIDGEFIELD GUILD OF ARTISTS JURIED SHOW!

Night Moves
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Owl Power!

I have to admit, I like painting and drawing owls.  They will not be my finest artwork but they are the most fun!

Here is one I did while gallery sitting at Muscoot Farm, where some of my owls were in a show.  I used my Derwent Inktense Water color pencils, I used a brush with water to blend them and then later when I got home, outlined bits in black ink to make it pop. 

 

 

I have to admit I was a little miffed when Odd Birds in the Family Tree ended up in a dark hallway!  Here I am bringing a few canvases to the show:

And poor Odd birds ended up alone here:

But my Muse salved my miffedness when another art organization I belong to, asked for a donated canvas, they provided the canvas and then it was donated and sold to help support the organization.  And what was the theme?  BIRDS!   So here is Owl Power!

I did he background in acrylic and the owl in Oil paint.

And that is how art sometimes comes into being!

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Love Under The Silver Moon

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The Wild Hunt

As the veil thins at Halloween (Samhain) the gods and goddess and beings between gather for the wild hunt. “The Wild Hunt”.

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2017 Contemporary Work

I’ve been building on some older work and have some paintings emerging in a contemporary style. I thought I might gather the inspiration from them and gather the new works here.

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Meeting the Genius

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surfing the Mindscape

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Birth of the Soul

 

 

 

 

 

Snacktime

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you like the above paintings you might want to experiment with high flow acrylic paint. The first link is for opaque high flow paints and the second transparent.

 

Transparent high flow

 

Older Works

No, I’m Not Done Yet.

 

 

 

 

 

The Long Journey

 

 

 

 

 

The The Far Shore

 

 

 

 

 

In Your Dreams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nuts and Bolts-Growth and Practice -Fluid Acrylics

In order to grow as an artist you need to learn.  Sometimes you learn from classes and books and sometimes you learn by trying different things.  Doing the same thing over and over, if it is not working, is not the answer.

Lately I’ve been working in oils and playing with perspective.  But while I was online getting some supplies, I came across Golden Fluid Acrylics. I went on You Tube and found many artists doing some fantastic work with them.   One whom I find very soothing to watch is a gal MelyD.artist. She comes out with some great work as well and it’s fun to watch it develop.

So of course I had to try it as well.   I found where I wanted to take my experiments were different than the way she worked and that is how art works.  Creative efforts often spark more creative efforts.

So here is some plain acrylic paint mixed with Matte Media.  I call this one You Make my Heart Melt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course I had to go on and play some more.  This one is mostly fluid acrylics with a little painting on top.  I call this one Meeting the Genius.

 

 

Conjuring the Storm

 

 

The Conversation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surfing the Mindscape

 

 

I find I like to use these acrylics to make a complex background and then either enhance the elements with a little painting or paint over them.  It’s always fun to try a different direction.

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Painting with a Circular Composition – The Cobb Lyme Regis – A Safe Harbor and Lavender in the Hills

My husband is from the south coast of England and loves the area.   I decided to paint one of his favorite landmarks in the area, The Cobb.   I do have a mantra to “paint what you know” and I haven’t been there. So I did some reading on the Cobb and also found a You Tube video that allowed me to visit.   Here is the video.

After getting to know my subject I used a circular composition to which this well suited.  I like my landscapes to have an abstract element.  This is also oil on board.  I like how the paint sits on top of the board (I used a marble gesso and allowed it to dry for several weeks before painting) and allows the light to refract through. The title of this is “Safe Harbor”.

safe harbor

The Cobb is a naturally circular structure.  I decided to use the same composition in an entirely different format.  Here is Lavender in the Hills, another circular composition.

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Mischtechnik 2016 A Loving Portrait

Who doesn’t want to live forever?  I thought it was time, before my delightful hubby and I get too wrinkled to attempt a portrait of ourselves.  I love Lucian Freud’s work and think he was incredibly skilled but I didn’t want to wait until we are like this self-portrait he did that can be seen in Vienna.  I of course then had to watch a video about him and his art, and found he was a great fan of Cremnitz White, which I have on order.  This is a lead based white paint, so don’t eat in your studio while using it.   The video I watched on Lucian Freud can be found on YouTube here: A Painted Life   I love the emotion he conveys although he obviously was a haunted and tortured individual who didn’t play well with others.

lucian freud self portrait

Back to my painting.  My husband and I went out to our favorite French restaurant and dressed up for an anniversary one of the staff took a fabulous photo of us.    I decided to use that as my reference photo, along with peeking over my wine glass at dinner, an assessing, did dear hubby have a few little crows feet, how did the cleft of his chin look in profile?

A book I referred to was

Human Anatomy for Artists: The Elements of Form by Eliot Goldfinger.

 

This year, I used a marble based gesso to cover my boards.  The white is so white it hurts your eyes. If you are just tuning in you might want to read my post on Mischtechnik.IMG_0339 (Copy)

Next I spent a fair bit of time looking and reading about the anatomy of the face and neck.  And then spent a couple of weeks on an initial sketch.

JandDsketch (Copy)

And here is the initial glaze, I used iron oxide red.  It was still wet in this photo.

janddglaze1ironoxidered (Copy)

Meanwhile, as I wait for this to dry, I’m reading another book and learning even more about portrait painting.  It has an excellent section on blending colors for the skin.  I’m only half-way through, but I’m sure this will be a better painting because of it.

Portrait Painting Atelier: Old Master Techniques and Contemporary Applications

by Suzanne Brooker 

 

The next step, after it was fully dried, was to work on the highlights creating more tones, with the egg tempera.  I freely thinned the egg tempera with a little cold pressed linseed oil, so I could have different shades of white.  Some I used undiluted and some thinned.

portrait iron oxide with tempera (Copy)

And of course wait.  I usually keep a second painting going and work on that while I’m waiting.  This year its a semi-abstract in acrylic paint that has lots of free movement and invention and dries fast.  The antithesis of this.

Another glaze, this time I used transparent yellow ochre.  In the past I used a bright primary transparent yellow, but I like the warmer tones of the earth reds and yellows.

portrait transparent yellow oche (Copy)

Ah, finally we are starting to see some of those magic mid-tones arise out of nowhere.  I had on a top that was covered in black sparkles and I want to show that, but I’m not sure whether I have a handle on it.  I have a few points of light on it, but I’m not sure if they work yet.

Here is the white tempera on the highlights after this glaze.

good white over ochre (Copy)

Now the blue glaze.

blue glaze good (Copy)

Technically I should do another layer of the white highlights, but I like where I am.  I am going to start glazing local colors as soon as this dries.  Oops…I forgot to take photos of a couple of glazes.  Don’t worry you didn’t miss much, just the first coat on the walls, shirt and shawl.

work-in-progress-skin-white

work-in-progress-pink-tones

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judyanddan-portrait

 

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The Power of Nature

This is another larger one at 36 X 48 inches in size.  I wanted to capture some of the aspects of nature without making it relative to size.  At the bottom I have painted some pollen grains that I think have a wonderful abstract quality.   This painting is bright, without being overwhelming.  If you look carefully you’ll find a tiny homage to the first video game I played and also a pair of my tired eyes after painting the many very tiny details this painting holds.

The Power of Nature