Archive for the ‘My Art’ Category

Painting of A Wood Duck Drake

This recent acrylic painting features a male Wood Duck in all his splendor. I hadn’t entered the Pennsylvania Waterfowl Stamp Contest in a number of years for various reasons. However, this year I thought I would try another painting. My art wasn’t chosen. I hope you enjoy seeing the painting.


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Note my hand to demonstrate size of this scapula.

I recently obtained a shoulder bone of a Moose to paint on. Technically, this shoulder bone is called a scapula.  This particular scapula is

After “slapping on” some paint.

fifteen inches long and about ten wide at the widest point. Obviously, I painted a Moose on this bone.

A rough sketch was drawn onto the bone to best utilize the limited space. Then the “slap on” stage began. At this stage I quickly slap the paint on to get the feel of the art and the direction it may go.

The following step is the detail work followed by a coat of varnish. I hope you enjoy!


Completed work!

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Snowy Owl Painting

Earlier this summer, I completed an acrylic painting of a Snowy Owl. I painted the piece with hopes of being selected for a print. The painting failed.

Head detail

The Snowy Owl is a beautiful owl. I have never seen one in the wild since they very seldom drift this far south in my state of Pennsylvania. A few years ago one was viewed for a short time near my home. The bird was often spotted on a barn. So, for me I studied available photo images of the owl, before setting down and drawing a host of layout ideas. In fact the original concept occurred during the spring gobbler hunting season. I sat in the woods doing thumbnail sketches. I would choose from them several ideas that I liked. Following the final selection, I began doing bigger sketches until I came up with the image shown below.

After I started this painting I went through a time of internal debate of the positioning. The idea is this owl has the wings dropped to hide the recent catch of a mouse. The tail is spread in a defensive mode. I wondered if this position would be understood for anyone viewing the painting. I have seen Great-Horned Owls do similar shows of defiance. I decided to leave the idea as is.                                                                                                                                  


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Bear Shoulder Bone Art

I just completed this bear painting on a bear shoulder bone. Again, this is something different than the normal painting I might do.

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A Different Kind Of Art

Yesterday, I finished a painting and had a lot of mixed paint on the palette.   Luckily, I have had this deer shoulder blade on the drawing table for a long time. Today was the day it was to be painted. Of course, painting on this surface is much different than painting on treated Masonite.

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Push And Shove

A few months ago I found a couple of sketches featuring Wild Turkeys.  I almost pitched them out, but hesitated. I decided I should paint the one sketch. I began to redraw and plan the discovered sketch and the 18 X 24 acrylic painting called, “PUSH AND SHOVE’ became the result.


 Drawing on prepared Masonite.

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I had a small piece of gesso-treated Masonite and decided to utilize into a painting.  I had just taken a hike on a day with a few inches of snow on the ground and became inspired. the subject was to be a buck White-tailed Deer.


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