Here’s the newest in my Little Friend series. I have a great fondness for frogs, they have so much personality, for something cold-blooded that is. This is the second installment in what will be quite a few more of this species. I felt like the proverbial light bulb finally went off and I managed to tackle the look of a smooth surface on the bamboo stem. Now I just need to apply the same technique to the next frogs.
Little Friend II – Red-Eyed Green Tree Frog, Scratchboard, 5X7
This update has been a long time in coming. I finished this piece quite a while ago and it is already framed and on display at the Art Plus Gallery in W. Reading, Pa. I’m quite happy with the result, which came far easier than the last bird I had used as a subject. I have decided that for the time being, there will be no more scratch board works of birds for me, only oils – it’s far less aggravating. The woven nest was time consuming but caused me less grief than I had expected.
Interrupted – Southern Masked African Weaver
11X14, Oil on Masonite.
The winter of 2010 – 2011 has felt bitterly long and cold. Now that the warmth of the sun has finally returned to the Northeast United States I am finding myself being lifted from my sluggish winter doldrums. I never realize just how wearisome winter has become until the first signs of the promise of spring. With that comes renewed energy to devote in the studio. I have many ideas, some of which may get me in trouble and are more extravagant than my abilities, but at least some of them should result in worthy pieces of artwork. I am currently working on a scratchboard of two green military macaws; posts on that will be forthcoming. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this image of my daffodils poking up through the mulch. The picture was taken with my new Canon 40D, a delightful instrument, with which I hope to capture many of the wonders of spring.
As I’ve been growing as an artist, I’ve recognized the value of having an online presence. I trust this will be an exciting journey that I hope you can join with me. Please be patient with my sloppy and incomplete formating as this site is still under construction. Although I am liking the interface WordPress uses for editing, the learning curve seems to be a little steep.