My friend, Donna Vines, took a trip to Northern England earlier this year. She was kind enough to share her photos with me. I have painted several of them and I could not resist this small lamb walking the moor.
Have you ever tried to photograph wildlife? I have, and consider it an exercise in frustration. Many blurred images later, my friend and photographer, Ted Fuhrer, offered me the use of his images. Thanks so much, Ted.
This little guy looks very inquisitive and ready to bolt at the least movement.
I enjoyed experimenting with painting his fur and directing the viewer's eye. The animal is much the same color as the background in this scene.
Another fish painting. Don't ask what kind of fish it is, I don't know.
I do know I am enjoying these palette knife paintings immensely. I have been so intense about my brush work, that I had ignored the palette knife for months. Now that I am working with it again, I am enjoying the freedom it brings.
A very nice lady from Alabama sent me images of her family's six black ducks, along with a request that I paint them for her.
Actually, the images only had five ducks. One of the ducks had gone to ducky heaven and she wanted to include him (her) too. I liked this image because all the ducks were looking in one direction. I added the missing duck on the end, as though he had reappeared and the others were greeting him back into the flock.
If you relate to the missing duck...I hope you find your flock soon :)