A blog diary that follows my work as a representational still life and animal portraiture watercolorist.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Simultaneously with Pear with Berry Spoon, I am working on a large painting for an old college friend. This is just the very beginning wash of the painting, one where I lay down the basic colors to guide me as I move towards layering and detail work. This painting features a brilliant pallette of purples, oranges and reds, tempered with a ribbon of complementing greens and blues. Sounds wild, yes? It is promising to be a gorgeous grouping of my favorite pallette of color!
Keep an eye on this posting as it will hopefully materialize gradually into a painting of silver, tulips and persimmons, interesting light play and composition.
My work is primarily focused on still life in watercolor, but I also enjoy studying and painting animals that I encounter through rescue shelters or in wildlife rehabilitation preserves. This blog is dedicated to my works in animal portraiture - both candid and posed - to benefit the rescue and care of animals in need.
In my paintings, I seek to reveal the gentle soul reflected in the eyes and demeanor of the animal's pose. Rescue stories are hidden in the contours of a furry face and told through the perk of an ear or the happy loll of a tongue that contradicts the existence of an old scar. The sweet personality that comes through a moment of time captured painting an animal is honest and compelling, and what I aim to bring forward. However fleeting a life can be, painting embraces it.
I create paintings for fundraisers to benefit the Stratford Animal Rescue Society (S.T.A.R.S.) in Stratford, CT and have worked in the past with the Stratford Cat Project and Wildlife in Refuge in Wilton, CT. Since recently moving to New Hampshire, I look towards finding new rescue and animal refuge organizations that might benefit from my work as an artist.