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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Oh, Where The Buffalo Roams and the Joys of Under Paintings...

'Where The Buffalo Roams' is the first in a series I've been working on. I call them 'this is my home' series because, that seems to be what the buffalo is saying, "Welcome. Come on in and sit a spell."

I thought I'd  show some of the processes my artwork goes through.

This is the sketch of the buffalo along with the fluorescent yellow sky. Most of my paintings get an under painting. It's more fun than leaving the blank, white canvas as an under coat!
For the 'This Is My Home' Series, I decided to use fluorescent acrylic paints as an under painting.
I then added the first coat of the actual sky's blue color. It was very tempting to keep the fluorescent pink of the buffalo and orange of the plains. (Something I might revisit later). :)

And here is the finished Buffalo painting...

'Where The Buffalo Roams' 6" x 4" acrylic painting.
And a side view of 'Where The Buffalo Roams' showing the painted gallery wrapped stretched canvas.

The buffalo artwork is painted on a 6" x 4" x 3/4" wrap around stretched canvas. The sides are painted as shown. It comes ready to hang, using framing wire and eye screws, just hang on the wall and enjoy!

Here is the link for the eBay auction for those interested in purchasing 'Where The Buffalo Roams'

Oh, and by the way, it did warm up a little today. It was a balmy 10 degrees out. This week it's suppose to get into the 20's and 30's. Talk about a heat wave!


Friday, December 6, 2013

New Zoo Faces Painting, Video Showing Giraffe Painting Coming to Life, and Brrr...Is It Cold Outside!

December has arrived with some of the coldest temps we've had all year. It seems our area, Northeast Nebraska, has been in the deep freeze this past week. We went from almost 60 degree weather Thanksgiving week-end to the current below zero weather we're having right now. Brrr! Not even our Collie, Monroe, and Great Pyrenees puppy, Bear, wants to stay outside.

I've been working on larger sized artwork and am still continuing the 'Zoo Faces' series. I just finished a portrait of three giraffes titled 'Giraffes, We three.' I composed the painting from reference photos I took during a visit to Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha. The baby and several female giraffes were waiting to be fed hay by the zoo keepers. Sunlight streaming in from the windows in the Giraffe House illuminated the giraffes. I decided to keep the background simple by using a triad color combination. The rust playing against the teal blue also created a dramatic backdrop for the giraffes.

'Giraffes, We Three' 6" x 12" x 3/4" acrylic painting on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. All sides are painted, as shown. The artwork is ready to hang, using framing wire and eye screws. Just hang and enjoy!
Side view of 'Giraffes, We Three.'
Other side view of 'Giraffes, We Three.' (See, ready for hanging!). It can be purchased from my Daily Paint Works gallery here...
Most of my afternoon was spent photo shopping the giraffe painting and creating a new video of it. And here's the video...
Stay warm!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Zoo Faces, 1st in a Series - 'Green Eyed Lady' Tiger and a Video, too!

I started a new series called 'Zoo Faces.' Two years ago, we went to Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha and I took hundreds of reference photos. Well, I'm finally getting around to doing something with them. 'Green Eyed Lady' is the first in the series. The tigress was laying in the corner of her cage. She looked so sad. We found out later that she had lost her cubs and must have been in mourning for them.

 'Green Eyed Lady' 6" x 6" Acrylic
When I paint, the artwork takes on its own persona, coming to life on the canvas before me. Below is a video I made showing the tiger from initial drawing to completion.
Video of 'Green Eyed Lady' coming to life

'Green Eyed Lady' reference photo
The tiger is painted with acrylics on 6" x 6" x 3/4" gallery wrapped stretched canvas. Using eye screws and picture wire, she is ready to hang and has been sealed with a brush-on satin varnish. Just hang and enjoy!


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Snow on the Pumpkin and Daily Paint Works

Wow, I haven't been a faithful blogger. Sorry about that. Seems like I'm more like the Great Pumpkin, I visit once a year. Speaking of pumpkins, today we're getting the first snow of the winter. I still have apples and leaves on my trees, and, yes, if I would have pumpkins in my garden, there would be snow on them.

I recently joined Daily Paint Works. Love the site! Each day there are over 100 new paintings from many talented artists. Check my gallery out at .

Here are two commissioned paintings I've done for two different collectors.
'And Baby Makes Three...' has a new home in Canada, while 'Their Favorite Haunt' makes its home in New Jersey.

And Baby Makes Three...
Their Favorite Haunt

These are a few of the new ACEOs I currently have listed on eBay. It's witches all around!

Witchy Collie Girl Monroe

Snowy Owl Witch

Froggie Witch
One last painting to share. The art club I belong to, the Northeast Nebraska Art Association, did a still life in watercolor at our last meeting. We painted two different paintings then cut them into strips and wove them together. Below is my 'masterpiece.'  :)
Cat -O- Lantern Pumpkin Still Life
Hope everyone stays safe & warm!