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!
This painting of an agitated bull elephant inspired by my trip to Tanzania. While traveling to Tarangire National Park a rogue bull elephant came charging out of the bush and chased after the jeep we were travelling in. My guide reminded me of how unpredictable and aggressive a bull elephant can be.
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