I finally got the second raccoon painting done. The first painting the raccoon was longing for the last apple on the tree. In this painting he is enjoying the "fruits of his labor". It took me long enough to finish it, with the holidays and all. Now I need to plan out my next painting... what ever that may be.
I've been working on this and have got quite a lot done. Two of my artist friends suggested to title it "Apple of my Eye". I think that is a good title for it. I love this little coon and can't wait until I get him all done. I'm having a lot of fun painting this little guy. This painting is done in oil, size 6 x 8 on archival acid free gesso board.
This is the subject of my painting in progress. I'm working on it right now and I am really enjoying it. When I get enough done I will post it, maybe tomorrow. I'm hoping to spend all day painting if I can. This raccoon photo and several others were taken by a friend of mine who is also an artist herself, Shirley Smith. Fingers crossed that I don't mess it up.
I know I should be painting, well I'm working on ideas for my next painting... problem is my ideas are a little slow right now. Anyhow, because I don't want my blog to set idle I am showing you my family photo. The photo has my mom (farthest left), Terry and me (under the fungi), Terry Jr and Niccho (in the middle) and Kristi, Hunter, Peete and Tinker (on the right). I bet you wouldn't think my old mom of 78 could climb up on top that easy!! :-)
If you ever get the opportunity to go to Benezette, PA in the fall, you will see beautiful scenes of elk roaming the country side. Some even come into the small village of Benezette. We were told the best time to come in towards evening or early morning.
We tried counting the tines on this big bull elk and we believe there are 17 points. You can't really see them all in the above photo but are a bit easier to see in the lower one. He is beautiful. These photos were taken in the evening when the light was fading so the photos aren't that bright.
Below is a smaller bull, and he was along the road near a creek just standing there looking at us. The light was much better for this photo.
Here is a close up of old #36, I believe that is the number on his collar. He is one that has been tagged. He was probably about 25 feet or so from me when I took this photo.
Here are some elk standing in a field, too far away to get good close up photos.
We took our family down to see these magnificant creatures and our grandson had a ball. He must of taken a hundred photos of the elk on his papa's camera. Then we had a nice picnic lunch, of course it was extremely cold eating at the picnic table but was over all a very nice day.
Here is an updated photo of Jumping Jack Flash. He is almost done now. I have to let him dry and then go over him in places to bring out more highlights and shadows and finish up some my nitpicking that I always do before being done.
I've been working on Jumping Jack Flash for a couple weeks now and have enough done to put him on here so you can see him. He is owned by Dr. Blayne Bergenstock and is 25 years old. He is quite a handsome old man. I've got a lot to do on him yet so will update when I have more done.
I finally was able to finish my rattle snake commission. This is a small painting, a 5 x 7 in size. I have to say this was a different painting for me to do and was fun. It did get a little tedious towards the end, but it was still fun to do. Now I will be starting on my horse portrait commission as soon as my canvas comes in for it. The horse will be done on an 18 x 24 so will be much different than this one for me to do. I love horses though so this will be fun to do to.
Here is an update of the timber rattler. I think he is coming along quite good. The scales are starting to get tedious, they are getting smaller and more it's work to do them. The eye was fun, I never painted speckles in an eye before, I didn't know the snakes had speckles in their eyes until I started painting this one. They have tiny speckles on the scales on their face too. Very interesting.
Nothing new to add to my paintings so I thought I would show you this. My neighbor and her nephew went looking to see if they could find Monarch caterpillars and they found this nice one here shown above that I beleive is full size (full grown). Look at the tiny baby caterpillars they also found. I never have seen any this small before. The littlest one is smaller than my little finger's fingernail is wide. I laid my hand in the photo so as to show you the perspective as to how small the little one is.
One more thing. I told her that they are endangered due to their habit loss so they took them back to the milkweeds where they found them.
Here is what I've got done on the rattler so far. I must admit I am having fun with it. The scales, if that is what they are called, are similar to painting feathers only the edges on the scales are harder than the edges of feathers, which are very soft. Much, much more to do.
Finally!!! I got this finished. It has to dry and there will be a couple touch ups but it is basically done. Sometimes it takes getting orders to make me dicipline myself to do my work. Also, it has been harder to paint because of watching my grandson this summer... which really has been a joy, so painting gets fit in where it can for now. :-) School is approaching soon enough.
Besides the snake painting that I will be doing, I have a portrait to do of a thoroughbred named Jumping Jack Flash owned by Dr. Blayne Bergenstock. You can see that Jumping Jack Flash has been a very well cared for horse as he is 25 years old and looks great.
My bird and flower painting is at it's finishing stage right now and the above is what I will be working on soon. This is a Timber Rattle Snake, they are in the northeastern part of the US and can be found right here in PA not too far from where I live. As much as I have hiked our woods I've never had the pleasure.. or there lack of.. of seeing one of these in the wild. This will be a commissioned oil painting for Mike Stimmell from a photo he took of this Timber Rattlesnake. As the painting progresses I will have updates posted.
I am really behind in my paintings so I thought I would just put a little note saying that I finally got my last 5 new works up on my own website. It has been a while. I still need to do a little more updating on it but at least my new work is up and showing on http://www.judyaschrader.com/whatsnew.htm
This is my newest painting that I've started. It is of a blue bird, 2 goldfinch, a chickadee, a swallowtail, several irises and some buttercups along an old fence post. It appears that I may have 2 paintings picked up by a company for the spring of 2010 and they are interested in other works with birds and flowers. So I'm hoping that when I get this done, they will also want it too. I will keep the paintings and the copyrights on all my paintings, they will just be using the images for flags, windsocks, mats and mail box covers. I will still have the paintings for sale from my site. When this happens I will be also selling some of the products from my website. I'm working this painting a little bit different this time. After I got it drawn on my board, I then did a quick wash with acrylics. Now I will start to paint it with my water based oils. I'm hoping it will make the painting go a little quicker. I will update you as I go.
Drawing on an 11 x 14 gessoed board.
After I put my wash on the board.
I will continue with updates on this painting as soon as there is enough done on it to show you my work in progress.
Since I don't have a painting to show you I thought I would invite you to tour our woods with us. We had a chilly but beautiful day here and the kids were home so we decided to take a nice walk in the woods. We live in the midst of the Allegheny National Forest so going for some great hikes are easy to do.
Terry and Niccho, Kristi, Hunter and Peete, and Terry and I climbed some rocks and went into some caves on the trail we were walking. (Tinker is with us, but you can't see her)
Here is Terry and Hunter walking around the base of one of the large rocks.
Terry and Niccho
Kristi and Peete
Peete holding up one of the rocks. :-)
Hunter taking a break.
Papa and Hunter coming out of one of the caves.
Kristi and Tinker looking into a cave.
Peete, Tinker, Papa, Kristi and Hunter near the cave.
Peete, Hunter and Tinker standing near the edge of one of the rocks we climbed.
Niccho taking a break.
Papa and Hunter standing in front of an odd shaped rock.
Walking along the path.
Papa in front of a cave.
Terry and Niccho looking at the view.
Kristi trying to come down a tight trail.
Terry and Hunter under one of the rock's overhangs.
Hunter (the toothless one) was getting tired so he hitched a ride on papa's shoulders.
This is just to show you what damage a porcupine can do. They will eat almost anything. Here is an aluminum sign they have gnawed on and have almost half the sign eaten. Well, that was the gist of our hike. The woods are beautiful, green and lush right now and a joy to walk through.
Here is my latest attempt at a miniature and my first in many many years of messing around with acrylics. The painting is 3.5 x 5 inches and the squirrel is about 2.5 inches. I think if I were going to put this in a show, he really should be a little smaller. But, all in all, this was good practice for me to work something so little. Next time, I hope to do smaller and better.
Just to let you know the chickadees won the battle for the bluebird house. They must of been relentless in their push for the house. I think they did let the bluebirds build most of the next though! Smart little buggers. I went out and lifted the roof up and took this photo, there are 7 little eggs, and I think they are smaller than my thumbnail. Can't wait for them to hatch, will have to keep an eye on them and get pix of them growing. As long as I don't upset mama too much. I wonder where the bluebirds went?
I finally finished my bluebird painting today and also made a video of my work in progress. You can view it by clicking on this link. Video of Bluebird Painting which is on my Youtube web space. This is finished at a 9 x 12. It is an original oil painting of two bluebirds that took up residence in our bird house. This painting is for sale and will soon be on my website Wildlife and Nature Art with information for purchasing it. Thank you.
I don't have much to show as far as progress in my painting so I thought I would show you what I get on our game camera that is in our back field. First you see whitetail deer, these are what are supposed to come in and enjoy our salt block and corn. The little doe that are coming in are so thin and ragged from such a long snowy cold winter we had. They have not yet started bringing their fawns in, maybe in a couple weeks they will start coming in to feed with their moms.
However, somehow the coons think we put it there for them. They are a nightly pest that come in and enjoy the deers' corn. The deer and coon are so used to each other that they will eat together. Evidently they feel no threat towards each other so they will tolerate the sharing of the food. Look at the size of these coons, evidently we feed them well!! :-(
Also, the coons feel no threat from the little gray fox that comes around once in a while. Probably because he is bigger than the fox. I don't know if you can see it well but the fox is walking behind the salt block in the photo.↓
As of late we've been seeing Wiley Coyote. I think he must smell the animals that are coming in to feed. I also think he is weary of the flash of the camera because he keeps his distance.↓
This morning I had quite a surprise when I downloaded my photos from yesterday. (The date is a day off as somehow I set it with the wrong date.) Anyways... this is the first black bear we've had come in this year. I think he is quite a large fellow!
We have had many curious visitors over the years that we have captured on our game camera. Fishers, gray fox, red tail hawks, ravens, porcupines, skunk, many different song birds, squirrels, dogs and cats. Here are some of my favorites from past years. The first one below is of a raven and hawk fighting. Actually the hawk won as the next photo that was on my camera after this photo was of the hawk sitting on the corn.
The next one is of a nice little buck that was coming in during the fall one year.
The last one is of buck fighting. I love this photo as I would never have been able to get photos like this if it weren't for my game camera.
I hope you enjoy my hodge podge of animals from my game camera.
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