Monday, July 27, 2009

Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

This is a painting I started last night using an Acrylic underpainting. I finished it this morning with Oil glazes and highlights. It's on 9" x 12" panel.

These Grosbeaks are very frequent visitors to my feeders, so I get to study them quite often.

I'm always amazed at the array of birds my little "feathered friend oasis" pulls in. Right now it seems to be mostly Goldfinches, Grosbeaks and Bluejays. For whatever reason, the Chickadees have disappeared for now, but I know they'll return. Along with the Nuthatches, Juncos and Woodpeckers.

I have an "Open House" scheduled for my new studio in October, so I'm trying to get new works ready for display. I'll hang on to this one for that event.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Talcott Falls

There is a popular landmark, Talcott Falls, which is about 50 miles from my home, near Adams, N.Y. Last week-end, my wife, Glenda and I drove over to take a look and get some photos. It was a nice day, so it gave us a good excuse to take the convertible for a cruise.

Glenda took some nice snaps and I was totally inspired and have determined that I am definitely going to return for a plein air session.

Although this painting is not truly literal to the actual scene, it was certainly inpired by it. I took a few liberties here and there to refine my composition. There are numerous vantage points and potential areas to choose from on site. Everywhere you look is a possible painting. It's a beautiful spot!

You can search Google Images ( Talcott Falls, Adams, N.Y. ) and see it for yourself!