Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Friday, November 25, 2005
And today, some more images from Chincoteague, beginning with the ever present island ponies. This is just one of several dozen images, the others of which are no doubt going to show up in works over the next six months.
One of my sharp eyed friends, spotted a small group of quail in some tall grasses just beside the road and we were able to quickly get several good images before the little band disappeared into the shadows. Good timing, in the right place at the right time!
I have tentatively identified these little guys as sanderlings. There were small groups of them all along the shore line, darting back and forth into the foam of the breaking waves and making for some good reference material for future works as well.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
And so, it is back to work in the studio. With just under two weeks to go to an Open Studio I am sharing with an artist friend, lots to do. This little guy was done from reference just shot at Chincoteague last week. I just could not resist drawing this kingfisher.
Monday, November 21, 2005
Most of the blue herons that we saw at Chincoteague were young birds, not yet fully matured and fully colored. But, we managed some great reference material. Again, as with that one 'show egret', we had the good fortune to find a heron that stayed pretty much in the same spot each day and let us catch it in all sorts of light and poses. I guess most of the birds are rather aclamated to the passing vehicles and walkers so they don't always fly off. Good for artists in need of descent reference material! At one point, I was hardly ten feet from one of the herons.
Sunday, November 20, 2005
No, I have not fallen off the face of the earth, just been out of town. First at the Waterfowl Festival on the eastern shore of Maryland. The show was well attended over the four days and sales were pretty good. Among the works I sold were the cheetah and lion cub works posted here earlier this month. After the Festival, I and several artist friends enjoyed some R&R (rest and reference work) at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on the Atlantic shore of Virginia. Known for its famous ponies, this time of year sees tens of thousands of snow geese beginning their winter residence. Over the next few days, I will be posting some images from our time at Chincoteague, beginning with egrets. We were treated to several days of photographing one particular egret that hung around in one spot and struck wonderful poses for us at all times of day. But of course, there were egrets, great and small, all over the island and at almost every pull off, we managed to see and enjoy numbers of the beautiful white birds. Enjoy!