Just realized I never got around to posting these two paintings on the blog here. Both are very strong and have gotten great responses from Art Market audiences. And, as of this writing, both are still available for sale!
I painted this gull painting nearly a year ago and I might have shown it at one art show before deciding that I didn't like it at all---too boring. So yesterday I pulled it back out and reworked it, mainly adding interest to the background of the piece. Adding all those horizontal layers of "water" and the suggestion of a dock in the background, as well as all the drips (which always fools a few people when it rains at art shows). Now I can and will show this canvas proudly at the next show.
Generally, when I can finish a painting in two sessions it means it's a good painting. This one was painted on masonite. It took two sessions. One rough-in with my large brush and the other with my detail brush. I kept it simple and tried not to overwork it. Turned out nice, if I do say so my-own-self. I'll probably make this available as a print as well.
This one was just going to be a quick "sketch" with my paints this morning, then it turned into something more finished. It went through many phases in the process---it initially had a figure in the foreground feeding the gulls, for instance---and I'm happy with the result.
Chickadee, 24x18", $425, framed (no. 1037)