Tuesday, March 31, 2009


I have finshed my luna moth and my woodpecker, I made subtle changes so they really don't show up much on a photo. I have however started another one, this is of a little chipmunk in an old log with flowers. This one has a lot to do to finish up but thought I would put it on here to show you what I've been working on. These little yellow flowers grow wild along the woods in our area but I don't know what their name is.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Luna Moth and Red Bellied Woodpecker

I am finally back to working with my art. Neither of these are done yet, but they are done enough to show you what I am working on.

This luna moth is resting on an old dead tree with a fence insulator and rusty wire. I did this with colored pencil done on Dura-Lar. I still need to work on the moth, it needs to be softened and lightened a bit. This drawing is about a 6 1/2 x 6 1/2.

I am so excited about finding this Dura-Lar.... thanks to my friend Lesley (thank you, thank you, thank you).

I know I should finish one before starting another one, but I am having so much fun with working on this new paper that I started another one. Now I have 2 drawings that are "almost done".

This is my Red Bellied Woodpecker that is also a colored pencil on Dura-Lar. This one is an 8 x 10. Another friend of mine took this photo of woodpecker and let me use her image. Thank you Marilyn for doing so. We trade images as it works out for both of us.

This drawing is not done either. I still need ot work on the feathers, his belly needs softened and lightened a bit. The fungi also needs some touching up too.

If you like to work in colored pencil or graphite, the Dura-Lar is a great paper to work on. It is actually a film but works wonderful with pencils.

Now I must dicipline myself and finish both of these before I start another one.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Birds of Prey

I had a wonderful opportunity to take great photos of some beautiful birds of prey. There is a man, Mark Baker, who has a bird of prey rehabilitation center to help injured birds. His goal is to rehabilitate them so they can be returned to the wild. Unfortunately some can never be released as their injuries are too great. These birds have a home with Mark and go to schools, bird shows, and other events where he can educate people about these beautiful birds and is a wonderful opportunity for people to see these birds up close, something most people never get the opportunity to do. I am hoping to be able to do some beautiful paintings from my photos.

The pretty boy is an American Kestrel.

A sweet little Screech Owl.

Here is a beautiful Northern Goshawk.

This is a Great Horned Owl, he has a bad eye and a broken wing that can not be fixed. He is the reason I went to take photos. I am going to do a painting of him for an up-coming show.

This is a Barred Owl, you can see he has a bad eye and can't be released back to the wild.

This is a photo of my son Terry, he had a great opportunity to hold a beautiful Red Tailed Hawk. Notice the leather gloves you have to wear in order to handle these birds. Their talons are razer sharp.

This is a Peregrine Falcon, he has part of his wing missing. But he is still beautiful.

Last but not least is a Northern Goshawk, another beautiful bird of prey.

A big thank you to Mark for a great day of taking photos of such beautiful birds.