Barn Owls make wonderful subjects to photograph, sketch and paint. What beautiful birds these ghostly faced owls are. I have thoroughly enjoyed painting several and have many more ideas in mind. Here is my newest owl painting:
This summer I have enjoyed painting owls and this is my most recent bird ACEO (Art Card Edition and Original). Barn owls make beautiful subjects. The white face and ochre, burnt sienna and bluish black speckles of the head and wings, make these very recognizable birds of prey. Watercolor and archival ink were used to create this art card.
Well, it's been a busy spring/summer here on Puget Sound. My daughter, Kathryn, is heading off to college to study biology in a few weeks. With a love of nature and passion for animals and art, she will do very well in her future careers.
Sharks, of course, are a focus subject of mine. My passion for these creatures began in the summer of 1975 after I saw the movie, Jaws and was consumed with a hunger to know more about these ocean predators. I spent 12 years working as a biologist in the aquarium field and now enjoy painting these beautiful cartilaginous fish.
Here is a tiger shark cruising the shallows with its shadow gliding below over the sea floor. Thank you, my dearest friend, Jim McKay ~ for helping me name this painting. Here is a wonderful quote by shark photographer/filmer:
‘Oh Oh, here comes trouble - with attitude’. The Tiger doesn’t think like the Great White or the Mako does, but rather acts totally by instinct and reflex – not a good combination for the object of their attention. In fact, this is one species that I would never take my eyes off for one second. They are cunning, sneaky and very cautious. Also, they will consume just about anything that will fit in their mouths. The tiger shark is a good species to keep at a distance. (c) Jim McKay
This has been a fun project. I just finished four more signs for my dear friends that live in a beautiful location on Puget Sound. Over the past 6 years, I have completed a number of these nature signs for their property including an ecosystem for each of their grandchildren. What a great idea for the 'grandparents who have everything'!
Each sign is cedar which I sand, brush with gesso, then paint the lettering, flora & fauna and lastly varnish. My friends use eye hooks and chain to connect the signs outside under the porch near their door for everyone to view. They have lasted 6 years (the first ones) and still look crisp and colorful.
Fun Project! These signs include: cormorants, black bear, raccoon and an orca. All of these animals can be viewed around Puget Sound. We have had a black bear in our compost. Last year one just walked down the dirt road in front of our house. Biggest 'dog' I've ever seen!
The past week I have enjoyed painting one of my favorite subjects: Orca whales. These striking marine mammals are residents of Puget Sound, Washington. On each occasion that my family and I have visited the San Juan Islands, we have seen orca pods swimming free and feeding on salmon. Many wild orca feed on marine mammals - but the pods in Puget Sound and the Straits of Juan de Fuca have been feeding primarily on salmon for generations. It is always a delight to see these majestic mammals 'wild and free'.
Orca Whale "Ocean Freedom" ACEO watercolor and ink
Orca Whale "Majesty Surfacing" ACEO watercolor and ink SOLD
To my 'family' in Oz, may you be safe and experience brighter days - very soon! ♥♥♥
Queenslanders are Ace! - Fair Dinkum!!
UPDATE Feb. 21: Thank goodness, my Family in Oz is Safe and they are continuing to clean-up around the property. Great news that Cairns and surrounding towns are picking up the garden floral debris/waste curbside so individuals don't have to cart all the palm fronds and tree branches away themselves. Also, wonderful news that Mrs. Willy Wagtail and her babies survived Cyclone Yasi and visited the garden for their worms after the storm.
The past weeks have brought great challenges from 'Mother Nature' worldwide. It seems half the US is covered in snow and ice and there are countless floods across the globe. I have a special place in my heart for Queensland, Australia - it's my second 'home'. I have made four wonderful journeys there since 1996 and the spirit of the people never ceases to amaze me. With meticulous precision, my dearest friends of 30 years, began preparing for a massive hurricane headed directly for northern Queensland where they live near Cairns. Floods have been flowing for weeks in Queensland south of Cairns and this monster storm looked as if it would engulf Queensland!
Cyclone (hurricane) Yasi reached category 5 (Katrina) yesterday before hitting the eastern coast. Today, the destruction is being assessed amid pouring rains and additional flooding. Aussies are celebrating the fact that three new babies arrived in Queensland during Yasi! Far Northern Queenslanders are experts at preparing for cyclones - we can learn from the preparation and positive spirit and attitudes of our Aussie brothers and sisters.
I am continuing my series of "Mother Earth" miniatures (I sold three last week, and I shall blog photos of them soon). I painted "The Spirit of Power and Beauty" during Cyclone Yasi, in dedication to the Spirit and Attitude of Queenslanders. A lifelong passion for sharks has consumed me and I love the grace and beauty of the human figure. My dearest friends, Jim and Susan and I have been communicating about nature, sharks, ecosystems, global challenges, and the love of kitty cats for over 30 years across the 'big pond' known by its other name: the Pacific Ocean. Coral2Cove (My eBay name, website and studio gallery) comes from my love for the Coral Sea and a quaint little place on Puget Sound, Pirate's Cove.
Although, I have not heard from Jim and Susan yet, I feel certain that they are (hopefully sleeping as I type this) fine and will be cleaning up around the property from all the blow down of palm fronds, banana plants and tree limbs. Oh, I hope the little wild bird, 'Mrs. Willy wagtail' that visits the garden for her worms each day - made it through the storm. She has been raising and feeding her chicks grubs for years provided by her human family.
Naturalist/Artist with a passion for color! I have devoted many years to animal behavior studies and nature observations. Paintings that I produce include: realistic representations of flora, fauna, seascapes, landscapes and fantasy renderings. My subjects range across nature. I create works in watercolor and archival inks as well as acrylic and occasionally graphite. I thoroughly enjoy producing miniature art cards - ACEO's.