Another new owl painting is in the works. It’s a barn owl this time. These are such mystery creatures with all sorts of folklore associated with them. Barn owls are also known as the “ghost owl” because of their silent flight and pale coloring. I just think they are incredibly beautiful and have such “soulful” expressions. It’s a joy painting them. The finished painting, which I’m titling “Night Owl” will soon be added to my website so be sure to visit it to see what’s new!
I have several watercolor paintings in the current holiday small works exhibit at the Copley Society of Art. If you’re looking for some new art for yourself or as a gift to someone else, be sure to check out the show online HOLIDAYSMALLWORKS or by visiting the Copley gallery in person. I’d love to see these small works go to a new home before the end of the year! You’ll find small works feature male and female cardinals and one of a downy woodpecker, all framed in our trademark custom wood frames with museum quality matting, conservation glass and ready to hang on the wall. All you need do is wrap it up and put it under the tree in time for the holiday!
I woke up this morning to find the pond covered by the first thin layer of ice this year. After several mornings with a hard frost, I knew it wouldn’t be long before this happened. It’s a turning point in the season and a nod to the colder weather to come. There are still ducks on the pond, the hardy little Hooded Mergansers have been resting up here for the long journey south. It won’t be long before they leave too and the pond will become quiet, settling down and at rest for the long winter. In my own way, I am also “settling in” at the studio although I can’t say I’m “at rest“. With the garden put to bed, the lawnmowers stored away and most of the shows for the season done, I am looking forward to having more time to focus on creative things. I can take time for a 30 minute walk in the woods to get a nature fix before grabbing a cup of hot chocolate and heading into the studio. Stay tuned for some new works coming off the drawing board soon!
I’ve been spending time in a blind with my camera, hoping one of our resident barred owls might make an appearance. It’s set up near where we frequently hear and see them but no luck so far. However, sitting there got me to thinking about owls in general and wanting to paint something new. This week, the “something new” on the drawing table is a snowy owl. Yes, I’m still having a love affair with these beautiful creatures and continue to find inspiration and joy in creating paintings of owls. I haven’t done a snowy owl in a while so thought I’d give it a go this week. Here’s my progress so far. The next step will be painting the eyes of the owl… always the most important feature for me. I paint the eyes first because if those don’t come out right, then it’s all over. Wish me luck and stay tuned for the next work in progress images!
Like many artists I’ve had to adapt to the ever changing realities of life with Covid. As I look to keep my art career a viable way to make a living, I’ve been searching for other ways to get my artwork out there. I’m doing my best to keep it local and support other small businesses too. I’m delighted to be partnering with the Vermont Puzzle company where I’m able to have puzzles made featuring my artwork. I hope they will be popular and lots of puzzles will sell. I think I’m on to something since sales have been steady and I’ve had lots of positive feedback. Thanks for purchasing my puzzles!! Please visit my website on the page OTHER MERCHANDISE to see all the puzzle designs and to place an order!