I have started checking my archive files for paintings I did in my earlier years. I find this process interesting and inspiring to review my journey and growth as an artist. The journey is not over yet. I will always feel like a novice yearning to learn more and become a better painter. Back to where I was going with this post, take a look at this bluebonnet painting composed in an oval. The petals at the bottom are painted coming out of the oval providing an interesting illusion. The original was done in oils using the oval idea Bob Ross (one of my favorite artists) and others were doing on TV.
I enjoyed the work and will be posting more of my older works, and of course, new paintings as I finish them; so, check back to see whats going on. Prints are available.
I finished painting the Snowy Egret on the Rocks painting done in acrylics this week and thoroughly enjoyed the entire process. I used a reference photo I took of the Egret fishing along the shoreline in Palacios, Texas, which by the way is one of my favorite places to go to take pictures of birds and boats.
The painting is 24 inches by 12 inches on a standard depth gallery wrap canvas with edges painted. I started the work blocking in the traced image outline and background with basic colors without detailing. At this point, I got intrigued with the water movement and spent most of the time creating the wavering action and reflections. Lastly, the white bird brights and shadows was done. I think it came out OK? The original and prints are available, see https://bartlettpairart.com/product/snowy-egret-on-the-rocks-original-painting/
I painted the Proud Eagle, on a 12 inch square canvas, with acrylics. The painting was done in layers of paint to create depth and even colors. I like to have a thoroughly painted canvas to prevent spots of uncovered canvas showing through. Impressionistic techniques were included to provide a base for the detailing work.
I used carbon transfer paper to get a simple sketch of the image on the canvas. Only an outline of the image and major features are traced. Including too many lines causes confusion. The eyes are painted first, because they are the most important feature in the painting. The eagle's beak is also a strong feature, and a focal point of interest.
I enjoyed painting the eagle and hope you like it also. Proud Eagle is a great piece of fine art for your collection or home decor. The painting is for sale at bartlettpairart.com/Blessings My Friends,Jimmie@bartlettpairart.com
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.
I finished a study of this Sandhill Crane today. It was a nice challenge to place a macro photograph subject with a realistic background which came out of my imagination. The marsh and pond with reflections worked out fine to push the subject forward. I want to thank my great photographer friend Gary for allowing me to use his photo for the painting.
The acrylic painting is on an 8 by 10 inch canvas with edges painted black. The bright red color of the bird’s head in this setting establishes instant attention. The darker pond added more contrast which required some use of color not in the reference and a small amount of reflected light to the edges of the bill. The reflections in the water is a nice touch for realism.