Sunday, May 31, 2009

In Yo Face!

30 Sketches Project: Numero Dos! Yeah, its back. This project is my commitment to draw, document, and post a sketch everyday for 30 days.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Okay, so I think I want to do a non-bird series, I know....weird. I have been drinking and working with highly toxic resin but I feel confident I will remember this in the morning, especially if I document it.

Above you will see a 20X16" oval canvas decorated with the likeness of my husband. I asked him to choose an accessory (shades) and I chose to add the stache. I then coated it with a thick coat of my favorite liquid - envirotex lite.

I would adore to do a series of people that have had a positive influence on my life and frame the paintings in horribly gaudy golden frames.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Micronesian Kingfisher in Teacup

As much as I love the Micronesian Kingfisher, I am very glad to be done with this painting. I've worked on it for a couple of months which is well beyond my attention span. It boggles my mind that there are only about 100 of these beautiful creatures in captivity and zero in the wild.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Yellow Wallpaper

The inspiration for this painting comes from one of my favorite stories of all time, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman . This is also the xArt group's 3rd project. We had to produce a work based on a song, poem, story, etc. I took artistic liscense with the bird on my shoulder. The body and pose is that of a Northern Sparrowhawk and the head is a Ferruginous Hawk.
The wallpaper is loosely based on the wallpaper that covers my grandma's kitchen. With this dude on my shoulder, I am pretty sure that you don't want to mess with me.

Monday, May 4, 2009

In The Works...

Here are a couple of paintings in-progress. The bottom image is a Micronesian Kingfisher which is one of my favorite birds. They are extinct in the wild and live only in zoos at this point. About 100 birds exist in captivity. The top image is a Whooping Crane chic atop a Sumatran rhino calf. They are wadding in what will soon be a bathtub. Both of these beautiful creatures are endangered. There are only 300 Sumatran rhinos left on the planet. In 1937, fewer than 20 Whooping Cranes existed.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Wood Chuck

Here is my latest "people" portrait. Robbie was a good sport and let me accessorize him. Painting Elvis shades is almost as theraputic as painting wood grain.