Vacancy FinalHere is another painting in my bird series.  I was wanting to challenge my watercolor students to take a subject and think about combining it with an interesting and unusual background.  So I started to design a painting based on the subject of two blue jays.  First I thought about having them on a cloths line with the cloths flapping in the breeze, but then I realized that the birds would be so small and not be of importance.  I then thought about having them on top of a quilt draped over a chair.  That didn’t work as the business of the quilt would compete with the birds, then I thought how about a window sill and then it hit me an old abandoned building.  I could then play up the emotion of nature always finding a purpose and use even for the discarded elements of human life.  So that is the journey that led to the composition and painting of this painting of Vacancy.  This painting is 12 x 16 Acrylic on canvas.

Two Flamingos


Another painting in my bird series.  I was thinking about the bright unusual color of flamingos.  I was wanting to portray them in a soft diffused background so the complement of orange red is a blue green  so instead of the usual water scene I wanted them portrayed in evening light with more of a graphic design.  Fun painting these guys and the colors are so striking against the misty background.  This painting is 12 x 24 Acrylic on canvas.

Cactus Wrens and Blooms

Cactus Wrens & Blooms

Another painting in my series of Birds for an upcoming show.  Having spent some of my youth in the desert southwest.  I would see these wrens on top of the prickly pear cactus.  I could never figure out how they never got stuck by the thorns.  The cactus when it is in bloom is such a stricking brilliance of color against the plain grey of the desert.  I decided to paint them with soft muted pastel colors to make a contrast for the drab of the cactus wrens plumage.  This painting is 12 x 24 Acrylic on canvas.

Sandpipers and Pebbles

Sandpipers & Pebbles

The next in my series of bird paintings.  I had gone with my friends to see finding Dorie at the movie theatre.  At the beginning of the movie they had a cute movie short about a baby sandpiper.  That inspired me to do a painting of western sandpipers.  I wanted a different view of the birds and instead of the usual blue ocean scene I chose to have the setting sun and all the golds and orange reflecting in the water.  This played beautifully with the warm colors of the sandpipers and made the bluegreens of the ocean wave pop.  This painting is 12 x 24 Acrylic on canvas

The Seven Little Zebras

seven little zebras

I have two large bird aviaries where my big birds live, but in my art studio I have some zebra finches that I raised by hand. These guys are just so friendly and come and land on my shoulder while I am painting.  I started a series of bird paintings to go into a local downtown gallery.  This is the first painting in the series.  I wanted to portray how these little finches like to huddle up next to each other and fill the perch.  I used the pictures I had of them and came up with a composition that was interesting and decided to use a long landscape profile.  This painting is 12 x 24 acrylic painted on canvas.  I was looking to capture their whimsical expressions and the beautiful markings they have.  I choose a neutral background so that the patterns of the birds would stand out