Sleepy Little Bird At Oyster Lake

Sleepy Little Bird At Oyster Lake, original 11 by 14 inches acrylic painting on gallery wrap canvas by Jimmie Bartlett

This painting is about a small wading bird that has its eyes closed standing on one leg in the shallows at Oyster Lake outlet to Palacios Bay in the Texas Coastal Bend. It was a bright winter day and that’s probably why the bird was squinting or sleeping and I got close enough to take a picture to paint from. The water was clear and flowing gently out of the lake which added more movement to the painting. I used both brush and palette knife techniques. I enjoyed the work and hope you like the results.

All of my artworks are copy right protected. The copy right water marks on the images will not be on your painting. The painting is signed on front and back and comes ready to hang out of the box. This painting was finished today 4/17/2021.

Thank you for considering my art!  Send me a message via the contact link if interested in purchasing.

Jimmie Bartlett

Roses for My Love, finally finished the painting

(Updated 5/15/2020)

I finally finished the Roses for my Love oil painting.   The final painting is shown above as the featured image.  Minor changes were made to the flowers and added the stems and leaves to complete the work!  I hope you  like the painting as much as I did doing it.

I started with choosing three different roses from my reference photos and came up with the composition and transferred the sketch to a 20×24 inch canvas.  Next, came filling in the sketch with the colors and doing some blending even in the block in, ie. first layer.  Let dry, and then added a vibrant lit background showering light on the roses.  No reference photo for that.  Let dry, and come back and added layers of color to the roses correcting shapes and colors.


Pink Orchid, an original painting by Jimmie


Pink Orchid painting
Pink Orchid painting

I have always wanted to paint orchids but never got around to it until now.  This one is a study in oils on an 8 by 10 inch canvas of a single orchid to familiarize me with the anatomy of the flower before planning a larger painting.  I will post it for sale after I get a better photo taken in natural light.  The weather has been overcast here. 

Black Burnian Warbler, original painting

This little bird, a beautiful Black Burnian Warbler, visited our bird bath a few years ago.  I was so fortunate to get a snapshot of this little guy as this species does not frequent this far south into the coastal Texas region.  I wanted to paint the bird at the time, but finally got it on canvas today.   The painting, done in acrylics, will be finished soon and posted for sale on our website.