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Just Ducky

"A spotted Foul", 8 x 8 inches, Oil on Panel- Sold I got inspired to paint a goose today.  Years ago, I took some pictures while plein air painting of some bad-boy geese.  They were being bad because they stole small bags of feed packaged to sell so children could feed to the ducks.  They walked right up and helped themselves.  Although there was witnesses, no one was able to stop the crime.  I remember those geese were using their honkers to clear the crowd.
I've read that Geese make good guard dogs.  I guess I agree.  But this little fella is a very well mannered goose.  That's because he's a painting.

The Little One

"The Little One" 4 x 4 inches, Oil on Board Sold - Thank you Another record breaking cold and windy day today.  Decided to protest the cold by painting an adorable spring lamb using older photos.  I love lambs and it is especially heartwarming to see them jump when playing.  What a comfort to know that more will be born this year for me to visit, albeit roadside, for pictures and sketches.  Spring 2014, where are you?

The Mourning Dove

The Mourning Dove, 8 x 10 inches, Oil on Board Wow- this piece was really a labor of love.  I tried many days to get this painting to completion and had nothing but problems.  This happens when you really don't know what you want to paint...or you have a unclear, fuzzy photo reference.  
This give and take started when I looked out my living room window to check on my bird feeders and noticed a most charming neighborhood Mourning Dove perched on a tree limb.  Of course I snapped it's picture with my phone followed by going upstairs to get my real camera.  When I got back to the window, this adorable creature moved on.
So I tried to make the best of a bad picture and it sure took a long time.  I'm pleased with the outcome and I've learned quite a bit from this painting.  Did I say it's the same lesson I learned pretty early in my artist journey:  You can only paint what you can see!

Touched Down NFAC

Touched Down, 4 x 4 inches, Oil on Board Nibblefest Art Contest entry for FebruaryClick to Bid Here's a painting created specifically for the February Nibblefest Art Contest.  The theme is Clouds and what better than a road, a storm and a clearing.  I had fun creating this piece although the first few attempts were scrapers.

Olympic Skating Chicken, Pose lll

"Olympic Skating Chicken, Pose lll" Sold - Thank you! Still in A-Fib ( Heart Beat Arrhythmia ) but hopefully that will all change on Thursday.  I'll be spending the early afternoon in the hospital getting two procedures that should put me back in normal sinus rhythm.  Of course, there is always the chance it'll go back on it's own...any minute now would be nice.  OK enough complaining.  I'm pleased to offer my third skating chicken.  I'm pretty sure there will be one more.  I'm thankful that the first two found homes right away.

Olympic Skating Chicken Pose ll

Olympic Skating Chicken Pose ll 4 x 4 inches, oil on board - Sold, thank you!
Still having A-Fib and guarding my strength.  So thankful to be able to do another painting today and to be able to pluck out the second of a planned four piece series.  Excuse the planned pun.

Olympic Skating Chicken

Olympic Skating Chicken, 4 x 4 inches, Oil on Board - Sold  Thank You!
Well for the past 6 days, I've been in A-fib or Atrial Fibrillation.  It's very hard to do anything, much less doing my usual routine...so I've been watching more TV and I'm thankful for the Olympics. 
Trying to keep a sense of humor about my condition,  I decided to use my artist license, stretch some boundaries and put figure skates and poses onto some chickens.  Today is the first painting made from the sketches.  I hope to have a series of four paintings finished before the Olympics are over.

The Tracker

The Tracker, 4 x 4 inches, Oil on Board Sold, Thank you Painted this yesterday and spending today watching my favorite olympic sport, figure skating.  Thinking I might make a series of skating chickens.

What does the Fox Say?

What does the Fox Say? 8 x 10 inches, Oil on Board $ 150. Well, this guy was a two day adventure.  I can't say that he came out as I planned, but all my artist buddies  know exactly what I'm talking about.  I so wanted to paint a fox and I got my wish.  Should I  paint another one?  Maybe, but not for a while.  I'll go back to sheep or chickens.

Oh Really

"Oh Really"  8 x 8 x 1 inches, Oil on Panel Not for Sale This morning, my daughter posted an adorable photograph of two owls on her facebook page.  When I saw it, I knew I had to paint it.  Because I don't know who snapped the picture to ask if I could use the image, this piece is not for sale.  That's ok, because I don't want to part with it.   It might be entered for display with The Pittsford Art Group's Spring show.

My Punxsty

My Punxsty, 6 x 6 inches, Oil on Board, NFS After painting Punxsutawney Phil, 2014 yesterday, I had to do another piece for myself.  He is bellied up to the table draped in purple...my granddaughter's favorite color, to order 6 more weeks of winter.  I'm complaining, but he's so cute.  He'll be a permanent fixture in my studio.
Punxsutawney Phil, 4 x 4 inches, Oil on Panel, $40.Buy now on Etsy This poor little fellow took second billing to the super bowl yesterday.  But he does have his fan club that gather every February 2 in Punxsutawney, PA.  All of Punxsutawney and the rest of us hoping he'll not see his shadow, but alas! he did and so the scroll was read aloud...6 more weeks of winter.
I knew that today, I would be painting Phil and so I donned my smock and set up a fresh palette.  It was pure pleasure painting such a cutie  At about 2 PM I was all set to post and wow I was on cloud nine...But I ran into nothing but problems with uploading.  So I finally spied the Google Chrome icon and clicked on it.  Whew it worked.  Microsoft Windows 8 is adding so much frustration and stress to this artist's life.

Two in the 'Hood

Two in the 'Hood, 6 x 6 inches, Oil on Panel $65.Buy on etsy I painted these two yesterday from a photo of several cows. I was so glad to get back to painting!  Of course everyone, almost everywhere is experiencing some pretty heavy duty winter, so to toast Spring, I took out the artist license and mixed up some delectable Spring greens!  Yum.

Paint a Dinosaur Day

2014 Draw a Dinosaur Day 4 x 4 inches, Oil on Panel Ok, I've been in Microsoft Windows 8 HELL these past few days.  On Tuesday, January 28, I woke up to find that my laptop computer's screen was cracked.  At first I thought it could wait until tax return.  Then, I tried to navigate...yep, couldn't get the upper left side to work.  So I grabbed my charge card and went to purchase a new and improved laptop.  Unfortunately for me, I had to accept windows 8.  Just so you know, I feel like Dorothy in Oz.  Well, I'm now able to post again.  I can't say I understand how I got the image saved and I can't seem to edit the images yet, but here is something.  I so enjoyed painting this Dinosaur, I just wish I was able to post it sooner.