Friday, November 28, 2008

Waxwings in the Chokecherries. - Acrylic Painting

I think this is done. Or at least as done as it's ever going to be. I added some small details on the feathers etc, but you can't really see them here. Painted the sides black so it doesn't have to be framed. I debated about bugs, spiderwebs etc but I like to keep things simple so left them.

Now to decide if I am "birded" out or if I would like to do some other kind yet. Thanks for looking. Want to learn more about these or have questions, please click on the "contact me" on the page.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Waxwings - Day 3 Work in Progress

I spent part of the afternoon painting leaves. It wasn't as bad as i thought it would be. And I even remembered to paint some feet on the poor waxwing. Now I just need to detail it, clean it up a bit and paint the edge black (which I did on the last one and darn near wrecked it) And then decide what the heck to do with it LOL

Summer Memories - Wordless Wednesday

posted with permission from Photographer Erica Briere

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

waxwings - day 2 continued

Chokecherries are starting to show up. They are sporadic because the birds have been eating them. Not the big clumps of berries you see when they first appear. How can you tell I hate painting leaves? I will do them last. (maybe I'll just pretend it's fall and they are all gone!)

Waxwings - Day 2 Work in Progress

Started adding details today. Tree branches and the little stems for the chokecherries. Oh yes....just about forgot.....I added another waxwing too!!! These will have to have more details yet, but that will have to wait until I see how the berries and leaves fit in. The waxwings come back here usually in early March. Sometimes earlier is the weather is warmer and berries from the previous summer are still hanging on the trees. They nest in my hedge and the babies are little replicas of their parents except they are chubby little things.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Element paintings - lightning storms and Northern lights

I managed to get 4 aceo's (art card and editions) 2.5" x 3.5"painted and listed today. All are element paintings of some sort. The lightning ones are kind of what our lake looks like during a storm at night. You can see the lights across the lake. The Northern lights haven't been very pronouced for awhile now. Hopefully they will come out soon. (probably has to get colder and I'm not prepared to wish for that!) Probably not the best week to list, with the American Thanksgiving and people being away, but I listed them anyway. You will find them on Ebay here

Waxwings - Work in progress

See.....I told you there was a waxwing there. First to sketch it onto the canvas, then I painted one. More detail will have to follow of course, but you can see the basic idea. It will be waxwings in a chokecherry tree when it is done (I hope) or if it's a total disaster, "turkey in the straw" lol This is again, a bigger painting. 16" X 20"

That's all for today, because I have to list some aceo's.

Waxwing Painting - Work in Progress

Ok, ok....I am going to have a hard time convincing you that this is the start of a painting of waxwings......but it is. I am just laying out the background this morning. I will fill in tree details later, but first I want to get a general shape and colour. Next I will place the birds and branches in. Check back later.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Wax Wings

I can't seem to paint these days. I think about it, but I don't find the time. Too many other things keep getting in the way :)

I'm going to try to paint WaxWings this week. And with any luck at all, I might be able to get a couple of aceo's done as well. Come back in a couple of days and see if I've managed anything.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I was blog-tagged!

I was blog-tagged!! By the fine artist Shari Dunn (Just click on her name)I have to tell 6 quirky, boring things about myself and then tag 6 more people. think i’ll have a go at this…
Ok….here we go…

1. I love to paint
2. I have 7 grandchildren who I adore!!!
3. I love all things to do with nature!
4. I love my bird feeders :)
5. I love gardening, and can't wait until we landscape....again
6. I love finding and trying out different recipes.

I am tagging Lynn, mousewords, mazoomzee, blueyedduck, redmommycrafts, and craftysue Some from Ebay or Etsy, or other websites :)
Just click on their names to see their art/blogs.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

People dancing

Here is a link to a video of people all over the earth who share a common bond. It's a whimsical journey and sure to put a smile on your face.

World Dance

Allium & Goldfinch - Day 2 Work in Progress

I painted more of this today. Painted the Goldfinch and finished the flowers. I painted something similar a few years ago, but on a cement patio stone. This is slightly bigger.
I still have to add some shadowing and paint the edge of the painting black. I also have to remember to erase all the pencil lines and sign.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Painting Goldfinch & Allium - Work in Progress

This is a 16" x 20" (note: Huge painting for me) of (hopefully) an American Goldfinch and Allium sphaerocephalon. Allium is the Flower of the Month exhibition at EBSQart so this is why I've chosen this particular flower.
I started with a blending of 3 colours for the background. Looks like a blotchy mess doesn't it? I then started painting the flowers. Buds really. They haven't really started blooming yet.
You can see where I've sketched the birds onto the flowers. I painted the black on the male just so I could get an idea of where they are situated and if the size was correct. I'll be painting more over the next few days. I should really hurry up if I want it in the November show.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Inukshuk - Northern Lights paintings

Two new aceo's (2.5" x 3.5") tonight. I'm starting to think winter, so lots of Northern Lights now. These are both listed on Ebay here

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Storm Reflection - finished - Sold before listing

Added just a few details today. Some weeds in the foreground. Ripples in the water and made the light reflections more intense. It's finished.

Prairie Reflection - Work In Progress

See......not an upside down painting. It's a water reflection. A dying scene here in Saskatchewan as most old elevators are being torn down. This is a 8 x 10" acrylic. Unframed, signed on the back. It isn't listed as of yet. (I have to decide what I want to do with it.

Prairie Painting - Work in Progress

Did I make a mistake and post this painting upside down? Check back later and see if I did or not. 8 x 10" acrylic work in progress. The end result should be posted here some time today.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Painting of Lightning - Work in Progress

This is a painting that I started for the November Group challenge "The Sea". I tried two times to come up with a decent painting of the movement of the sea etc from the reference photos. It just didn't work today. So I painted over them and did what I like best. Still has water, but it's calm. The "Calm before the Storm". I am not finished this one. It needs little details here and there. Not sure what I'll do with this one when I'm finished. It's larger than what I usually paint. An 8 x 10 acrylic.