This image is 24x36" oil on canvas, done as a homework project for an oil painting class. It was painted from a photo reference I took in eastern Washington several years ago. It is an attempt to capture the unique lighting situation as a severe thunderstorm has just passed and the late afternoon sun is poking through the clouds illuminating the barn and the underside of the storm clouds.
This is watercolor, approximately 9x12 on Arches 140# watercolor journal paper. It was painted from a photo I took at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge in a spot of early-morning sun. Sparrows are one of my favorite families of birds, despite the difficulty of identifying them (they're mostly all 'little brown birds'...!). The Savannah Sparrow is an open-meadow habitat species, and one of the key field ID marks is the yellowish wash over the eye, although the degree of prominence of this field mark can vary greatly from individual to individual and within subspecies.
This is another watercolor journal image, done on 10x13" Arches paper. It was painted from a reference photo I took several years ago. I was hiking on a suburban 'trail' when not just this one, but two bucks appeared. The lupine was near its peak bloom and the bucks were both in velvet, so I shot away with the camera for a couple of minutes. This was the best image compositionally, with the deer moving downslope and in mid-step, giving a lot of movement to the image. I'm going to try painting this image more carefully in the studio as well.
My band played at a bluegrass festival held in Tygh Valley, Oregon in September of 2009. The area has a lot of birds, and while walking around, I found this Western Scrub-Jay, conveniently atop a fence post not too far away. I snapped a could of quick pictures and decided it would be a good subject to paint. Overall, I'm pleased with how it came out.
This is painted from a photograph I took of this nice adult White-crowned Sparrow right outside our window. The image is about 9x12" and was done in a morning. It's one I may do more carefully and at a larger size down the road. The legs are painted a bit too yellow/orange - this species has some pinkish tinge to its legs. My reference photo was taken on a very bright day and so the sunlight showed the legs more yellow than they really are.
This is a watercolor sketch, approximately 9x12", done for a friend at his request. Red-tailed Hawks in courtship flight circle slowly and occasionally drop their legs from their normal tucked-in position. The large bird here is a dark-morph Red-tailed Hawk, which are relatively common out here in the Pacific Northwest.
These images were done in a watercolor class. We first picked an animal skull from a museum selection and painted it to get an idea of the animal's anatomy. Then we painted the animal's head itself - here the image used as a reference was obtained from a web reference source. These were quick works and were a good exercise - I may do another series taking more time later.
This is a project done in an oil painting class, with a cow skull as the subject and the requirement to use only one color (Raw Umber) and Titanium White - a good exercise in utilizing only values (dark and light) to depict a subject. It is 18x24" on canvas and was completed in about seven hours. The fantasy background was done on a whim without a lot of thought - it seemed appropriate given the subject...