I was happy with the results of my attempt to paint a Sandhill Crane realistically and also to have it finished. The amount of detail in the beautiful plumage was a real challenge. The was done in acrylics on a 24 by 18 inch by .75 inch deep gallery wrap canvas with edges painted black.
Sandhill cranes are large birds with wing spans of six to seven feet and they stand four feet tall. They are migratory and live in fresh water wet lands. I found a lot of interesting facts about them on the internet.
The origin of this painting started last winter when the birds came south to Texas and other southern states. We (my wife and I) have been trying to get a good picture of a ‘sandy’ to from. On most of our photo shoots we are in the car a lot to scout the country side. Carolyn drives while I take photos. We finally got some good pictures of some birds near Van Vleck, Tx about five miles from our home. I picked a photo in which I was able to get close enough to get several nice shots of the bird . The photos were not the best because the Sandhills are easily spooked and I didn’t have a lot of time for framing and focusing with my long range manual lense. The bird was in a grassy field which made painting the background easier to paint.
I hope you like the painting. I had a great time painting it.
A’s House is my latest commission painting for Terry, a friend I met at an arts and craft show. The painting was done in oils using a reference photo he gave me to work from. I painted the scene on a 12 by 16 inch gallery wrapped canvas with the edges painted black. When the painting dried, I shipped it to Terry in a wooden crate with padding to protect the painting. He sent me a picture where it is being proudly displayed and an email that made my day!
“Just wanted to let you know we just opened the package and are in awe of your masterpiece. It is just like standing at the old home place of my Mother and Uncles. We had so many good times there and all I have to do is look at your painting and relive all those wonderful memories.
I am impressed at the care you took to make sure it arrived unharmed.”
If you are interested in getting your picture turned into a painting, please send me an email for evaluation and I will get back to you promptly. (I reserve the right to turn down a commission submittal)
Sunrise Over Matagorda Bay is an original oil painting 24 inches by 48 inches
(Note that there are no man made objects in the painting!)
I finally got a good picture of my newest painting today and I changed the name to Sunrise Over Matagorda Bay. I changed the name because during the painting sessions, I was thinking back to the many fishing trips my friends and I had on Matagorda Bay. When out on the water, with the sun breaking through the darkness, one cannot help but feel the excitement of a new beautiful day being born!