Emotional Strokes

I went crazy with a painting knife the other day with this 24 x 30 painting in oil. Had a ball as I haven’t painted anything for about a year. I call this Emotional Strokes because the knife strokes went in all kinds of directions. With this abstract painting I used french ultramarine, titanium white…

An Owl On Black Paper

Starting off the new year I was inspired to try something different. I’ve never tried sketching on black paper before so I gave it a try.  I was really surprised at how well my colored pencils came to life. Using white and cool gray I started sketching out the Owl’s eye and feathers around the…

A Pink Flamingo

The word Flamingo comes from the spanish and latin word ‘flamenco’. Flamenco means fire and refers to the bright color of the birds feathers. These colorful birds feathers is the result of their diet. The color comes from beta carotene in the crustaceans and plankton they eat. They eat shrimp, algae and other things in…

Sci Fi Planets

I’ve been on a Sci Fi kick for the last 2 weeks looking at all of the planets online. Seeing just how beautiful our planets really are it inspired me to do a few full color sketches. This first sketch and the other one as well are 14 x 17 drawling paper by Strathmore. Using…

A Canada Lynx

Being a big fan of the big cats I couldn’t resist sitting down and sketching this Lynx out. In my research on the Lynx I found that there are 5 different kinds of Lynx. The 5 kinds are Canada Lynx, Eurasian Lynx, Liberian Lynx, Balkan Lynx and Bobcats. After studying pictures of the Bobcats I…

Bighorn Sheep

Looking into the facts of the Bighorn Sheep I was really surprised at how long the rams have a head to head combat fight. In the fall the males compete for the ewes (females) by having butting contests. They charge at each other crashing their forehead and horns together with a loud crack that can…

A Red Fox

I did a little reading about Foxes and the good news is the father participates in raising up the pups. Is hard enough being a mother so any extra help certainly helps. Foxes have between 2 to 7 pups at a time. Not sure what time of year they give birth. They eat birds, rabbits,…

Two Wolves

Why Wolves you ask? I know, they are pretty vicious however; they are also very skilled hunters that have beautiful coats. In the spring time wolves can have up to 4 to 6 pups at a time. As far as diet is concerned they eat deer, elk, moose, caribou and bison. When it comes to…

A Handful Of Bears

Since the change in the weather I decided to work on 3 different kinds of bears. Being fond of  Panda Bears I created this Red Panda eating a bamboo leaf. The leaves on the bamboo branch took 3 to 4 layers of leaf green to get a nice rich green as did the pandas face…

A Handful Of Fish

I’ve done some research on Koi fish over the last several days and went on a fish sketching kick. Here’s a little bit about Koi fish. They are very intellectual and can be trained to eat out of your hand. Here is a colored pencil sketch of two Koi fish facing in opposite directions. The…

Hummingbirds In Color

After doing some reading on Hummingbirds I was really amazed at what these tiny little birds can do. I found that Hummingbirds wings beat in different ranges from 720 to 5400 times per minute and they are the only birds that can fly backwards. They lay only 2 eggs and the male hummingbird is not…

Ulternative Reality

Ever wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep? If you answered yes to that you are not alone. The other night I could not get back to sleep and good energy and inspiration kicked in so I got up and starting working on this colorful sketch. I started…