Monday, May 17, 2010

Painting Birds "100 Birds to Paint"


"So Many Birds to Paint in so Little Time"

If it seems as though I have not been posting many new paintings lately, that is because I have set an insane goal and am working on a larger number of them at one time.  I paint in oil and have come to love painting with more detail.  I also spend countless hours working on new still life ideas and doing a lot of research at the library.   You know the old saying, "never judge a book by its cover"?   Well....I do the opposite these days.  I am constantly in search of books with great titles or interesting bindings.  (I hope to make time to actually read a few of them too.)  My next series will be on "Murder Mysteries" and each one will certainly include a bird or two.  I had so much fun last summer working on my "To Kill A Mockingbird" painting.  It was very time consuming and sold so fast I hardly had time to  see it in the frame.  That experience has inspired me to begin my new series of birds & books.  I will also include my "bird portrait" paintings, and my "Sunday Brunch" pieces.  I think I am becoming a bit of a recluse because time just slips away so fast when I get involved in a new painting idea.   I have been also spending a lot of time photographing birds to use in my new still life paintings.  At the last "Celebration of Fine Art" show I met a professional photographer by the name of "Robert Campbell."  He has been kind enough to offer up some of his wonderful bird photography to me for reference.  (Some are included in my photograph above.)   I have listed some of his wonderful books in my side bar with a direct link to them.  He also has many other wonderful books for sale.   
     The next "Celebration of Fine Art" show opens on January 15th, 2011.  Wow...that ony gives me about seven months to paint "100 Bird Paintings."   Do you think I can do it?

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