Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Bluebirds "Eastern Bluebird" Oil Sketch

"Eastern Bluebird"

The "Bluebird" has been widely celebrated in songs and literature, often associated with beauty, family values and hope.  I just finished this little "oil sketch" to go with the "Mountain Bluebird" on my previous post.  It also is 12x6" on a canvas panel.   The photograph is just a little light in the background color, it is actually more of a cream color.  

I just love painting "Bluebirds" and I still have one of my favorite "Bluebird" oil paintings available in a Santa Fe Gallery.    (He needs a good home)

"Hey Guys...I'm Over Here"
Please contact me for information about either of these paintings and I would love to hear your comments. 

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Bluebirds "Bluebird of Happiness" Oil Sketch


"Bluebird of Happiness"

People see "bluebirds" as symbols of hope.  They are among the loveliest of birds.

"A flying piece of sky, a living poem, a crystal note, an emblem of nature's moral conscience."
-Stanwyn G. Shetler 

"Bluebirds" are so beautiful and wonderful to paint.  I have decided to start another little series of oil paintings that I am calling "oil sketches".   I just finished this one of the "Mountain Bluebird" that I call "Bluebird of Happiness".   Each canvas panel is 12x6" tall.  I have been searching all over town for more of these panels.  They even seem to be back ordered at several of the online art supply stores, but I think they will make a nice little gift size purchase for collectors at my next show (Celebration of Fine Art) as well as for the holidays.    I will post more as they are completed.      

No other bird in America is so wonderfully and intensely blue.  While most "songbirds" are either beautiful or lovely to hear, the "bluebird" is both.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Bluebird Oil Sketches in progress

"Mountain Bluebird" -  Oil sketch in progress

I started a few little "bluebird oil sketches" on canvas panels yesterday.  I love the size of these panels which are 12x6".  I prepainted the cream color backgrounds in oil and let them dry a few weeks back.  Yesterday I re-discovered them and was in the mood to paint some more "bluebirds" but didn't have a lot of time.  I did the first layer of paint and am going to let it set up a bit.  I will hopefully get back into the studio tomorrow to finish them up since I cant get any painting time in today.  (Darn!)

"Eastern Bluebird" in progress

"Mountain Bluebird" in progress
I think they will make a fine pair!

Check back in soon to see the finished paintings.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Fall Landscape In Oil "John's Painting"

"John's Painting"

This landscape in oil I titled "John's Painting."  It was a gift I painted for my brother-in-law.  I love the fall season and all of the colors as the leaves are changing.  It is 12x16" canvas.  Sometimes I enjoy "painting landscapes" to take a break from my detailed work with the birds.   I was looking through my files of old and recent paintings and came across this picture.  I didn't have the painting long after it was dry, so it was fun to have found this photo.  It was painted almost a year ago now.    It was inspired by some photographs I took up in Flagstaff while staying near the lake.  Even though I do not have any formal training in "painting landscapes", I really enjoy doing them every once in a while especially during the fall season.

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