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Gregory Peters a writer, graphic designer and most of all an artist, contacted me to collaborate with him in this unique, creative and beautiful project. Of course, I said yes as his love for nature and the American West is as strong as my love and passion for wildlife.
Gregory wanted to tell a story in pictures of artwork that many could relate to. With his knowledge of history and loads of sayings and wisdom that he has collected over the years, the ebook was born.
The book itself is not very long, but filled with his country art that features an end to the Western era and my wildlife paintings. It also has the history as to a time long ago to now telling how the American West has changed, not just the land but wildlife as well.
Don't get me wrong, as this is not a book loaded with history, but a book showing the beauty through our artwork. Along with famous words of wisdom, sayings and bits of poetry from interesting people, to what was and is now.
I have enjoyed collaborating with Gregory on this book and in some ways shows why I paint the beauty of wildlife and nature. I hope you get a chance to visit Gregory's website.
Once you receive the free ebook, please, feel free to share it with your friends and family or have them sign up for my newsletters and they will each get a copy.
It is an honor and very rewarding to me to share my wildlife art with you! Thank You!
Johanna Lerwick Wildlife & Nature Artist
“Plains Drifter – Bison Portrait” is going to the WAOW Mountain Aire 49th. National Show, being held at the Mary Williams Fine Art gallery in Boulder, Colorado September 12 – October 12, 2019.
I will be at the opening reception on Thursday, September 12th from 5pm – 8pm, so stop by as I would love to meet you!!!!
I feel so honored that this piece was chosen for this prestigIous show and to be a part of such a wonderful group of talented women. Hope you can attend!!!!
So thrilled and honored!
"High Country - Cougar" won the Daniel Tennant Award for Realism at the 2019 Jericho Fine Arts Show.
Before starting a new painting, I research my subject for facts, habitat, geographical areas and whatever else that I can learn about the animal. I am amazed at times of what I learn that I did not know about my subject. So here are a few facts about Brown Bears that you may be interested in. Grizzlies are brown bears, but not all brown bears are grizzlies. Grizzlies are a subspecies of a brown bear and are mostly seen inland, but along the coastlines of Alaska and Canada they are brown bears.
The color of the fur of a brown bear depends upon their diet and temperature of the geographical area in which they live. The fur is typical a dark brown, but are also whitish, blond, red or black. Brown bears have a keen sense of smell, but with poor eyesight and can live in the wild for 20 to 25 years. They express their emotion with growls, grunts and moans and communicate through movement, sounds and smell.
Here is my newest painting depicting a Brown Bear coming out of the water onto the shore with a little attitude. Fine art Giclee prints are available in other sizes. Use my contact form with the title of the painting to inquire other sizes and price.
Women Artists of the West accepted three of my paintings for their online Spring show. You can see the entire show on their website: www.waow.org/
Theme of the exhibit was Spring, so here are the 3 paintings selected for this show.
I just love seeing Great Blue Herons as they are such a fascinating bird. The patience they have as they stand so motionless, almost like a statue just waiting for a fish to appear. At times I have seen Great Blue Herons near my back yard as there is a little marsh area with cattails. I personally have not seen one swimming although according to some people they can and do swim, especially if they wade out into really deep water.
Here is my newest painting depicting a Great Blue Heron wading in deep water. Fine art Giclee prints are available in other sizes. Use my contact form with the title of the painting to inquire other sizes and price.
Was so surprised and honored to be invited by Southwest Art Magazine to be included in "Ones To Collect" section of the October 2018 issue.
I was so excited to receive the acceptance notification of my painting "Along An Autumn Path" for the Yosemite Renaissance 33 exhibit at the Yosemite National Park Museum Gallery. The opening reception will be Friday, February 23, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.
The Yosemite Renaissance 33 opens on February 24th. at the Yosemite National Park Museum Gallery and will be on display through May 6, 2018. The exhibit then will travel to other art centers across California:
Kings County Art Center - Hanford, CA from June 4 through July 14, 2018
Carnegie Arts Center - Turlock, CA from August 8 through October 7, 2018
Yosemite Gateway Gallery Row - Oakhurst, CA from Oct. 13 through Nov. 28, 2018
I feel so honored to have "Along An Autumn Path" chosen to be part of this exhibit. There are 64 pieces of works chosen from 820 entries, including paintings, textiles, photographs and 3-dimensional works.
Both of my whitetail deer paintings are now completed and available. When painting the two paintings together was easier than I original thought, as I stayed with the same theme and color palette, although I did not want them to look exactly alike.
With my Whitetail Buck painting - "Winters Magical Moment" I had decided to paint more of the delicate dried goldenrod covered with hoar frost and less cattails. The buck looks stately and bold and with the frosted goldenrod gave the painting a more delicate and elegant look.
When doing the Whitetail Doe I decided to add more of the dark cattails surrounding her since she is walking more sideways within the reeds, grasses and cattails. I felt the main cattails adds a lot of interest to the doe as her expression shows that something has "Caught Her Attention".
"Winters Magical Moment - Whitetail Buck"
24" x 18" Oil on Hardboard
"Caught Her Attention - Whitetail Doe"
18" x 24" Oil on Canvas
After many thumbnail sketches of a Whitetail buck and doe together next to a pond, I realized that with the two reference photos I had that I could not come up with a good painting for the two together. So that being said, I have decided to do separate paintings of each with the same theme, colors and settings. The is first time for me to paint two paintings at the same time.
Here are the initial sketches and progress before the completed paintings.
Whitetail Doe painting in progress before completion of the painting.
At this point I decided to have more cattails around the the doe as it seemed to balance the painting. With the buck I decided to add more of the hoar frosted dried goldenrod for more of a delicate appearance to my painting.
Hope you like them and will be posting the completed paintings soon!
The Wildlife and Nature Art of Johanna Lerwick. A blog about painting wildlife and nature. Topics including painting in progress, oil paintings, art prints, art licensing and painting techniques.