Sunday, August 23, 2009

Snake update

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.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Monarch Caterpillars

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.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Timber Rattler update

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.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Birds and Flowers and a horse named Jumping Jack Flash

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.

Timber Rattlesnake

Timber Rattlesnake

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.

Sunday, August 2, 2009


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