Samples from a set of small backyard Okanagan wildlife portraits
After painting woodgrain pieces on live-edge wood last summer, it was time to try some kiln-dried panels. Each piece was sealed and painted with translucent layers of oil and alkyd, fat over lean. Then the paintings were varnished with artists’ archival picture varnish. Some are also finished with a soft matte cold wax finish.
The first sets all sold out as quickly as they were made, and some were made to fill specific requests. However, new works are being added regularly. Previews are occasionally sent to email subscribers with seasonal newsletter updates. .
This group shows a few samples of pieces recently completed and/or just drying before the final varnish.
The next group shows samples of some of the sold minis from the Lifelines series.
Reference Photo Credits
The first mini series turned out to be a great project for learning about characteristic features of a variety of local small wildlife. I referred to some of my sketch journals and to my own photos, but I also learned from other people.
Thank you to the following local birdwatchers and photographers for help with species I.D. information and for kind permission to access reference photos: Keith Richardson, Jim Sedgwick, Jim Burnham, and Pat Burnham . Thanks to all of you!