Monday, January 15, 2018

Finishing Touches

At this stage, the painting is almost finished.
The grass needs highlights, the cheetah need backlighting, the elephants need to be pushed further into the background and their legs blended into the grasses. And the final detail will be to glaze more reddish orange onto the cheetah. This will pull them further into the foreground and create more distance between them and the elephants. Using liquin the glazing will be subtle but hopefully effective.

18" X 36"
Original Oil

Note the bluish glazing on the elephants is similar to the sky color in the upper right of the painting.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Here come the elephants

Above I have the elephants roughed in. Once they are mostly dry, I can work on the transition from the grasses to their legs.

Like most times when I paint spotted or striped animals, (cheetah, giraffe, leopard, zebra, tiger, etc), I like to paint the spots or stripes first. Next, I'll fill in the background color and then revisit the spots, making sure the fur reads well.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

First painting of 2018

From the outlines you can probably guess where this piece is going. There will be some challenges because I haven't worked out all the transitions. Numerous thumbnail sketches might have given me a couple of hints, but I opted to go right for my brushes. Sometimes diving in and trusting your intuition can yield the best results. Guess we will find out.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018


Safari Club International has named me the 2018 Artist of the Year. My painting Stars and Stripes Forever is the featured piece and will be auctioned at the 2018 Convention in Las Vegas, Jan 31 - February 3. In addition, 125 canvas giclees were made of the painting and will be distributed to Safari Club chapters across the country.

Happy New Year! I hope 2018 exceeds your expectations and is filled with wonderful surprises.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


26" X 35"
Original Oil

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Painting and repainting

Some artists use a palette knife to paint. I use one to mix paint - and scrap it off. The lower dark left section I painted three? four? times. If you add up all the changes it was more than that. Just as I thought "that is it", I'd take a second look. No. Time to move some paint around, add lighter and darker areas. After taking a break or seeing it the next morning, I'd decide to scrap off that section and start over. There are just a few more adjustments to make so I think I can put down the palette knife and move on.

For the foreground snow I am increasing the hue. There are passages of cerulean blue along with the purple tones. Below, the last of the "white" is painted.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Still more snow

With the temperature 22 degrees here, it is not hard to imagine snow.

I removed the snow "blob" over the antler on the right. Originally I thought it would nicely highlight the antler but it was merely distracting.

With the vertical board removed which supports my hand rest, the whole painting is visible.