Mar 222010

This painting is of the Erie National Wildlife Refuge and is also where I saw a Bald Eagle flying in the wild for the first time in my life, up close and personal. It was a magnificent, magnificent sight. I could, at that moment, just imagine what the first English settlers felt like when they looked up and saw a Bald Eagle flying for their very first time.

This area of the Refuge is right off of a busy road but if you could block the road out of your mind it reminds you of the wilderness and you can imagine what the early settlers would have experienced in their day.

At the same time I also imagined what the area would have been like during the time before the settlers arrived in this country. A time when Indians would have enjoyed the sight of the Bald Eagle flying just as much as I did. I have Cherokee Indian in my ancestry. My great, great grandmother was full blooded Cherokee.

I have seen a Bald Eagle at this location about twenty to thirty times since this first encounter.

Colors 800

This painting is 20″ x 26″ framed.

Mar 062010

This is a new release that I just finished on the 4th of March. It took a while to get a good photo because of the blue background and a couple other set backs like saw dust falling off of my tripod. It has been a busy couple of days.

In this painting I wanted to get the effect that you could see down into the water and see the stems of the lily pads as they disappeared into the water. When you place the painting on a flat surface, put a light over head and look down  it gives you the illusion that you are actually looking down into the water. As always, the original is soooooo much better than a photograph or print!!!!!

October Lilly Pads 800

This painting was done from a picture I took last October when I was taking the pictures for my fall paintings like “Where the Bald Eagles Fly”. The next painting that I will be starting today was also taken at the same time.

This particular painting I have wanted to paint for a long time but hesitated because it is only 11″ x 14″ which is somewhat small but is labor intensive. About four years ago I painted a row of grapes from a vineyard in Northeast, Pennsylvania and a fence post which was also of a fall scene and it took a long time as well because each grape leaf was a different color just like these lily pads. Below is that picture.

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Art can be so fun. On this painting of the lily pads, I painted for fourteen straight hours the third day but after it was finished I couldn’t go to bed until 2:00 am because I was so keyed up.