All the Bird Women are in Twisp!

On Thursday, my father and I took his cute little yellow Jeep out for a bit of a ride. Its nearly 4 hours between North Bend and Twisp, Washington. But as I mentioned in my previous post, I have 3 art pieces showing in the Confluence Gallery and Art Center’s “The Beholden Eye: Concepts of Beauty” exhibition. Luckily, the weather was being kind and my father was excited to show me the Methow Valley. During the summer, he took place in a cross-Washington bicycle ride and he said it was beautiful out there. And he wanted to see what it look like in the winter. (Spoiler Alert: They have snow!)

The Columbia River was looking calm and sleek. Along one of the shores, there was a flock of what had to have been 3 million little coots bobbing the freezing water. We saw numerous bald eagles and even my first turkey vulture sighting in the wild. The Methow River was frozen over in so many places and it look like a winter wonderland. I especially liked seeing all the deer prints in the snow. Well, I assume they were deer prints or else they have very agile cows. We arrived at the Gallery, dropped off my work, and had a very tasty lunch at the Cinnamon Twisp Bakery. Then we made the 4 hour journey back home.

Now why did I drive 8 hours instead of shipping it? Because they are huge. Each one measures 22×28 inches and the shipping costs would have cost more than time and a few tanks of gas. Besides, I like my dad and wanted to spend time with him.

So here are all three Bird Women together! They feature a Mallee Ringed Neck Parrot, Eclectus Parrot, and Plum Headed Parrot. Each one is done in watercolors and colored pencils. For this series, I kept with a limited palette, even if it doesn’t look like it. I started with a watercolor base for their skin and was more detailed on their hair, clothing and background. I used Daniel Smith’s Phthalo Blue Green Shade, Hansa Yellow Medium, and Quinacridone Rose and painted with a variety of Escoda Versatil Brushes. Those brushes are synthetic, and I’m a big fan of that. The skin, birds, and other general clean up was done with a handful of Colored Pencils (Faber-Castell Polychromos, Prismacolor, and Caran d’Ache Luminance.) I spent nearly 2 months working on these three ladies and I couldn’t be prouder of how they turned out!

So if you happen to be in Twisp, WA, check them out at the Confluence Gallery and Art Center!

Bird Women | Capturing Starlight

Eclectus Parrot Bird Woman | Capturing Starlight

Plum Heads Parakeet Bird Woman | Capturing Starlight

Mallee Ring Neck Parrot | Capturing Starlight

2018 is here!

2017 was a very busy year for me. I completed a lot of art work, but I seriously neglected this blog. This year, I’m going to focus on more graphic design, more art work and more blogging about it! I already have plenty of ideas stewing in my head

In December, I was honored to participate in the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, WA “Small Works” group show. One of the pieces shown as my newly completed addition to my Rainbow Menagerie of the Shoe-Bill Stork. And I popped my Kudu out of his frame and finally added him to this website. Both pieces were done with Watercolors and Colored Pencil and are 11×14 inches.

Shoe Bill Stork of the Rainbow Menagerie | Capturing Starlight Kudu of the Rainbow Menagerie | Capturing Starlight

November and December I focused almost exclusively on my Bird Women series which will shown at the Confluence Gallery and Art Center in Twisp, WA during their 2018 “The Beholden Eye” exhibit. I will be taking pictures of two of the three this afternoon. The first I completed is the Mallee Ringed Neck Parrot Bird Woman. She is 20×30 inches and completed with Watercolors and Colored Pencils.

Mallee Ring Neck Parrot | Capturing Starlight

And last, but not least is my latest entry to the Landscape Menagerie. This Chilean Condor featuring the Torres del Paine mountains was completed at the request of a colleague named Daniel. It is mostly watercolors with a hint of ink. The original is 14×20 inches.

Chilean Condor and Torres Del Paines | Capturing Starlight