A blog diary that follows my work as a representational still life and animal portraiture watercolorist.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Tulips and Persimmon
Most of the detail work in the flower petals is done, and I'm moving towards finishing up the silver details in the bowl. I have been concentrating on the lively reds of the tulips - keeping the color bright, but also ensuring a sense of the depth of the color as well. Not easy with red! There is just a bit of depth that I will be adding later to certain areas, but more as I fill in the detail of the surrounding set up. This painting should take on even more drama when I layer in the deep purples and reds of the drape, and the playful texture/color of the tulips will prevail as the focal point.
Stay tuned! I will update as it progresses. As always, please feel free to comment or ask questions!
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.