BoldBrush Painting Competition Entry- Owl in the Mist

                                  Owl in the Mist ~ 18″ X 36″ oil on canvas  $1650.00

I’ve entered this one in the November Bold Brush Competition. If you like it, follow this link here and click on the LIKE button. (This only works if you’re a facebook member) It’ll help me get a bit more exposure, and possibly get in the FAV 15%…Thanks!

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Owl in the Mist

“Owl in the Mist” 18″ x 36″ oil on canvas     $1,650.00
This was a really fun painting to do. I started out in acrylic, because I like that you can glaze lots of layers to make convincing mist, but I didn’t take the size of the piece into consideration, and I couldn’t get a smooth color in the background. The darn acrylic just dries too fast! I really hate painting in acrylic, but it does tend to be better for wildlife…it makes it easier to do all of the finicky detail without having to wait ten years for the paint to dry. Well, I threw up my hands in frustration and dove into this with oils…I mean, literally dove in. I mixed up about a tonne of the gray color and slammed it on with the palette knife, and then switched to big, gobby brushstrokes…it was really fun! So I switched my approach completely. The oil is quite loose instead of super detailed, and I actually love that about it…
Click on this one to make it big… it looks way better:)

Going Fishing

~Going Fishing~  6″x6″ oil on Raymar panel  $150.00
Everybody around here is going fishing lately, and the river is thick with fish once again. I hear the Sockeye run is better than it’s been in 40 years…unless that’s just a “fish story”, lol!
 Here’s a little guy I whipped off a while ago, who’s taking advantage of the surplus…I’ll sell him to you in a gorgeous plein aire frame like the ones above for an extra $55…
Prints are available in my etsy shop…here

Serenity — Mute Swan on pond

Serenity — 6″ x 8″ oil on canvas  
for sale on ebay tomorrow (Sun, May 29, 6:00pm PST)
Here’s a new daily painting I finished yesterday. I have to graciously thank “scalespeeder” on flickr for his generous permission to use his photo. I was very attracted to the drama of the backlight glistening through the wings of the swan, and the perfect reflection.  I saw many mute swans in my travels in Ireland, but none of my photos were this “painting worthy.”  
It was a fun little painting to do. I have limited edition, archival giclee prints on museum quality paper for sale as well. Drop me a line if you’re interested.

Grizzly Bear Portrait

Grizzly Portrait — 18″ x 18″ oil on canvas  $1400.00 SOLD
Click on the image to see it bigger.

                                           Proof that I painted it!! LOL!!

I’m really so happy with this one…that happens so rarely. I haven’t even posted the last three large paintings I’ve finished, because I’m disgusted with them.  I got sick of painting wildlife a few years ago, and I also switched from acrylics to oils, loving the “juiciness” of oil paint. I’ve since attempted a few grizzly paintings in oil, and they were never quite successful. Grizzly pictures are in high demand here, in Bella Coola, since, other than Alaska, we are their playground, literally. It’s not uncommon to see them crossing the road, eating the apples from my tree, or fishing on the river bank, making it easy to get good reference photos. They’re fairly used to people and aren’t generally much of a threat.
At any rate, I sell every grizzly I paint, so I decided to attempt another, and this time, in acrylic. Now I know why most wildlife painters use it. It’s so much easier to get the detail, in a much shorter time. I just don’t have the patience to wait for oils to dry to do glazing.
Anyways, I’ll have archival, limited edition prints available in a 12″ x 12″ size, so if you’re interested, drop me a line.
Cheers!