Sunday, June 19, 2011

Ready for Spring!

I am so ready for spring. It has been raining everyday here just about. There has also been lots of flooding going on here in Montana. The Governor signed papers several weeks ago to get assistance from FEMA and the National Guard especailly in parts of eastern Montana near Billings. 

I painting this painting called " The Awakening " to remind us all about the earth and the water that have come alive again and in full force! I hope that you enjoy!


Friday, June 10, 2011


Here is a commissioned painting of a nuthatch. I will be making Archival prints of this and some of my other paintings eventually and possibly some note cards as well. I took pictures in stages again for you all to see.

                                                       1. The Sketch.

                                                         2. First washes.
                                                        Some color.
                                                        4. Some detail.
                                                     5. More detail.
                                             Here is the finished painting!

Have a wonderful Spring Day!


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

New Painting!

Here is my latest painting and I took photos of just some of the stages of layering and washing for you to see. I have always loved looking at the way artists do there paintings in stages. I think that it is so fascinating, don't you?

Stage 3

Well I think that it is always more fun to look at the stages in color, so I skipped 1and 2, the sketching and the first washes of the sky and the mountains. 

Here are Stages 4, 5, and 6:

And here is the last Stage 7:

And here it is without the masking tape on it. It came out a bit dark though because I took this one when it had gotten a bit late and dark outside. 

Hope it was worth stopping by! Have a wonderful week everyone!

Happy Painting, 

Friday, June 3, 2011

"The Gift"

My son and I found this on the playground one morning. We took it home after school and I was fascinated by it. I am not sure whether it is a raven or crow feather. By how it looked to me I wonder about the animal that use to carry it. I wonder what trails in its existence on this earth had brought him or her the unique little scratch on the  tip. I got me thinking anyhow and made me quite curious. I have my painting sitting next with its subject on top in one of the images and in the background in another. I always feel that it is nice to have a few different perspectives and angles to my subject matter. I hope you all enjoy looking at it. I hope to have some print made up to sell by the end of summer of all the paintings that I want to do during this summer. I'll keep you all posted on that.

Happy Summer,