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Female Golden Eagle - Oil
This oil sketch was done many years ago. I was frustrated with dealing with feathers evidenced by the cartoon feather at the lower right. Not many art patrons see the tantrums we artists use to vent our anger. But after the storms, comes clear thinking, and hard work at our craft. Mistakes are our friends, because we learn so much from them.
Female Golden Eagle - Ink
The ball point pen is too refined for my short attention span, and the detail demands of this magnificent bird of prey. I look forward to oil painting with a broad brush, to satisfy my interest in working with raptors.
Desert Big Horn Ram
Andre was my inspiration for his entire life. He knew me well as I sat outside his compound for many years. His display was only in jest but offered me a glimpse of his wild desert majesty.
Lions - Oil
I was lost with all the yellows, today I understand this demanding color better. Details on the female lion`s extended leg, were handled with the painterly expressive effect I want in future work.
A complete pencil sketch is often needed for a complex painting. I work out shading and details as I correct for accuracy. A tissue with carbon on the back, will help me transfer the sketch onto a canvas. Or, drawing directly onto the canvas with a thin brush dipped in dilute paint, works also. Either way is fine, just up to the artist to decide.
The El Paso Zoo let me sit right outside their cage to draw. Both male and female were so totally their gender. The male had an impish boyish grin and the female a serene feminine appearance. I look forward to working with this intriguing cat in the future.
Female Baby Snow Leopard
"Sasha" was too large for me to handle in person, as she leapt and sank her fangs into my thigh. So I sat outside the enclosure to draw her mother, "Crystal."
Baby Pronghorn Antelope
The pronghorn remains one of my favorite animals. "Prairie Ghost" aptly describes the fastest American land animal. Sadly it also describes their dwindling numbers with urban sprawl replacing their need for huge open lands.
Kudu - Oil
This oil sketch was done in 3 parts, in three days. Work on the head told me I was just drawing with paint. Too picky. The shoulder area should have been scraped, very bad! Painterly effects on the hindquarters, were what I wanted. Abstract patterns in the background, began to tell a story. I was improving.
I lived each afternoon for 2 weeks inside the Zoo nursery with the 2 brand newborns. No perfume, no jewelry, no stripped clothing, so the youngsters accepted me.
Byron was my favorite animal at the Denver Zoo. He almost broke both my legs as I worked inside his enclosure. On my next visit I went to the Zoo Hospital to see him before he died. He displayed for me. He remembered. Small details of this sketch told me I needed to progress into painting.
On the Easel
The design patterns in nature have intrigued me since I began drawing animals at age 5. Black and white media and working in monochrome helped me express my excitement for patterns. However artists must grow and be challenged, so I progress into the elite medium of oil painting. Sketches and originals as well as giglee prints will be offered for sale in the future.