This is the second collaboration that my beautiful and talented fiance’ Janelle and I have worked on together. Our first painting was Two Owls that we did back in November. I’m very proud of this piece so far (the crest feathers and touch up still to do) and look forward to hanging this cool painting next to its counterpart Smug Turtle (that I posted back in Dec.) in our living room.

a piece unknown to be continued

My last post was somewhat on the confident side and under the most misleading impression that I was almost done with this painting. HA, I say. Many things have and will come and go, be painted over, repainted, lost, and found over time. Luckily for me there is no dead line so I’m going to take this opportunity to put ‘a piece unknown’ aside and come back to it with fresh eyes and a clearer idea of what it needs. I will show a couple more pictures of the painting in progress and happily put it away for now.

I’d be more than happy to hear any suggestions, comments, or critics. Thanks!

a piece unknown almost there

My last entry involving, a piece unknown, was somewhat lackluster. My head was just junk jumbling and jostling gibberish around (say that five times fast ha!). It was hard for me to grasp onto anything long enough to write it down let alone paint something.

That, however, is no longer the case. The last couple of days the thought of a bird kept reappearing; a swan beautiful and white, but I didn’t know where to go with it after that idea. Then I read yet another article about birds and fish from around the world dying of unknown causes. The first report I heard was on the red wing black birds (energetic and dark). I disregarded the swan, but maintaining the bird theme I started painting. The blackbird symbolizes the tie to Nature, Earth, water, Sky, song, breath, sickness, death. I thought about the second report of thousands of dead Drum Fish washing up on river banks in Arkansas. Large, strong, hunger, famine, worry, why are these animals dying. I continued painting.

I attached photos of my progress below. I’m not quite done but I’m close.

a quick sketch

My sister, Melissa, asked me to do a quick sketch of a young girl holding a turtle. Luckily, I had the opportunity to go through some old childhood pictures on a visit to the parents house not too long ago and was able to find the perfect reference photo. Below you can see a 20 or so year old photo of my sister and the recent sketch she asked me to draw. So darn cute! Love ya, sis!