Another in this bird series, which I've decided to call "Birds in the Backyard" All birds I've observed at the feeders that are outside my studio windows. I think I could do a whole series on critters as well as I seem to have a multitude of those as well. Especially raccoons.
I love the cardinals - always such a bright spot of color in the day!
A friend of mine, who lives in England, recently talked of the warmer weather there and asked if we still had snow. I laughed. Hysterically.
Like much of the nation we seem to be stuck in the never ending winter. C'mon! It's March!
Spring is just a little more than 2 weeks away and here in MN we are still being hostage by sub zero temps, ice coated roads and 4ft thick ice on the northern lakes! I'm beginning to see the merits in hibernation.
Much to my surprise, the last few mornings I have heard birds singing! Which gives me hope that the weather will shift.
Having been away a bit from painting, I decided to "warm up" with some simpler small paintings of birds. to get back in the creative flow. (No surprise there, eh?) I also have been exploring some ideas for a slightly new direction that I'm eager to start in on. All in good time.
These little bird paintings are painted on cradled wood boards. They have painted sides and are ready to hang as is or would look nice in a floater frame.
It's been a rough couple months. Between dealing with the emotional roller coaster of my dad's health and getting him the care he needs and this damnable Polar Vortex we've been held hostage in, I'm ready for springtime.
Consequently, my inspiration has been in hiding.
In spite of all that's going on, there have been some bright spots. My daughters both came home for a visit. I got to spend time with my granddaughter and my parents got to meet her for the first time.
She charmed us all with her demure little smiles and attempts at crawling and I applaud her for her resilience in braving the long flights, the bitter cold and the many new faces she was surrounded with!
In January I attended an Encaustic workshop with Jeff Hirst. Jeff is a great teacher and taught us enough to go out in the world and conquer! I learned a lot and it sparked a lot of ideas.
It was a good diversion from what was going on and a chance to just play with no end results in mind! For those of you unfamiliar with encaustic painting it is painting with hot beeswax and pigment. I've long been fascinated with it's translucent layers and textures. I loved it and am now in the process of getting set up to do more.
The sunflower piece was an experiment with an existing oil piece I had and adding wax and more pigment to it.
Below are some results from the workshop trying various techniques of carving into the wax, using transfers and just playing!
The dove is a transfer of a graphic illustration I had previously created. I then added layers of pigment and wax to add color.
These next two are more abstract and playing with carving and layering. Abstract is something I don't attempt much but this was fun. The one below reminds me of a prairie field with wild flowers.
The other? Well, not really sure what that is!
Stayed tuned for more to come as I get my mojo back!
If by chance you are interested in any of these let me know I'm sure they would be just as happy in your home as they are in mine!
I have paintings in several shows at the moment. Lots of paintings - and this little guy is one of them.
He is currently available at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts. Holiday Show. If you are in this area it is worth a trip to see this wonderfully diverse show. It is wonderfully curated and I am always amazed at the magic that happens between the chaos of dropping off the work and the actual show opening.It is the perfect place to find that unique and creative gift for that special someone this holiday season. Gift the gift of art this year. It's a great time to start a collection for yourself or another.
I had done another larger plein air piece of this view and thought it would make a nice little painting when your walls are begging for a little finery. In fact, it would be great on the wall next
to a computer. A nice little reminder of a summer day when you are sitting at your desk. (I'm looking at my own blank wall as I write this!)
Another little owl painting in much the same style as my previous owl. Little studies that I want to translate into some larger pieces. Looking forward to this one - I already have framing in mind for this one. I know it may be a bit of the cart before the horse, but once together they create a whole package.