"Tarnished Gold" 4.5 x 4.5 inches, framed watercolor on 140lb cold press paper.
One thing about painting outside all year is that you really notice when the earth is tilting away from the sun. Even before the leaves begin to turn, the light seems more angled, the sky a different depth of blue. A cool weather front has brought rain to the Front Range, so I'm inside the studio, trying to bring order out of creative chaos.
I've got my work in two shows this month, and a two more coming up. "Dreams of Crane" and "Morning's Glory" are over at the Lincoln Gallery in Loveland, Colorado, and "Code Blue" and "Tarnished Gold" are in the Artist's Association of Northern Colorado's gallery on Oak St. in Old Town, Fort Collins.
My latest is a piece I recently did for the Susan K. Black Foundation workshop and miniature show up in Dubois (pronounced "DOO-boys") Wyoming. It's a real honor to be included alongside some of the most talented nature and wildlife artists in the country. Hopefully some of their knowledge will rub off! I've included the schedule below, for those who might be in the Yellowstone area next week:
Susan Kathleen Black FoundationHeadwaters Arts & Conference Center
20 Stalnaker, Dubois, WY
Thursday, September 18th, 2014
Instructor Quick Draw 9:30 a.m., Ballroom
Featuring James Gurney, John A. Ruthven, Mort Solberg, Matthew Hillier, Greg Beecham, Jeanne Mackenzie, Mark Kelso, Guy Combes, Christine Knapp, John & Suzie Seerey-Lester, Lee Cable, Andrew Denman, Nancy Foureman, Janene Grende, Heiner Hertling, John Hulsey, Wanda Mumm, John Phelps, David Rankin & Connie Spurgeon
Silent Auction 5-8pm
Quick Draws, Original Artwork, Africa photo safaris and much more open for bidding.
Miniature Art Show open to the public Sep 15-19, 2014
Vote for People’s Choice – win a prize!
"One-hundred seventy-five career artists and art industry professionals will attend from around the country. The SKB Foundation has assembled some of the nation's top nature artists. (landscape/scenic, floral, western, figurative, still-life, domestic and wild animals) whose work you may bid on.
The silent auction representing work and other donations by the artists and instructors will be available to bid on Thursday, September 18, 5-8 p.m. 100% of the auction proceeds go to benefit the Susan Kathleen Black Foundation’s art education programs. Join us for this important cultural event."
More info can be found on their website at http://www.susankblackfoundation.org
And here's a sneak peek at the painting that'll be in the miniature show amongst all that amazing art. It's a pair of young rufous hummingbirds waiting for their momma, painted life-sized against a 9 x 12 background to give a sense of how little and vulnerable they are. I've decided to call it, "Sibling Reverie".
Masking tape and paper to keep the working surface from getting dirty
A tape measure for a sense of scale. (About 4.5 cm for my metric-loving friends)
From now on I think I'll stick to painting cassowaries, albatrosses, or ostriches....