Category Archives: wildlife

A Painting a Day: Goldfinch on Ice

Yesterday, following the ice storm, I spied this goldfinch in a lilac bush, already transitioning to his summer hue of violent yellow. He looked quite out of place, but wasn’t the least bit embarrassed about it. So I painted him. … Continue reading

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A Painting a Day: Red Fox Watercolor

The red fox moves through the willows looking for an errant bird to snag. The spring is so early that he hasn’t even shed his winter coat yet. But the colors are all about the bloom. This watercolor is no … Continue reading

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Willow the Wish

One of the greatest things about calling a place “home” throughout your life, especially in an area like the Eastern UP, is the way it changes, yet always stays the same. The landscape fades and blooms with each season. But … Continue reading

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Great Stories for Young Readers

My parents were lovers of books. Dad especially was a voracious reader. He would often keep two or three books going on at once. Mom’s appetite for books was more perfunctory. She enjoyed stories and had a collection of Reader’s … Continue reading

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It’s In the Stars

Like many others, I fell a little in love with the Blood Moon last night — so much so that I was inspired to paint it today.  It’s a big week/month/year for those of us with eyes on the skies. … Continue reading

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Still Flicking

Today’s project: Northern Flicker on slate about 3×9″. Obviously there’s a story with this one. We found one sitting on the road on our way to town the other day. We had seen them zooming all up and down the … Continue reading

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Made to Order!

I can’t really describe how attached I get to my work, other than to say it’s like a dog breeder finding just the right home for a certain pup.  You pour your time and energy into a piece.  A bit … Continue reading

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Wild Geese

Today’s project: Canada geese on slate. So the geese are back, or at least the ones who have left are back. Even though they are considered commonplace by many, I still thrill at the sight of them, winging overhead, settling … Continue reading

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Evolution of a Dolphin Painting, 2

I have always harbored (no pun intended) a bit of obsession with dolphins.  I started this painting last night.  It’s larger than most of my works, about 16×20″.  I wanted to show a pod of bottlenose dolphins swimming under water. … Continue reading

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The Big Topple

It’s hard to imagine a circus without elephants, but let’s hope that is the direction we’re going, now that Ringling has announced its intent to retire its herd of pachyderms. I’ve heard both arguments on the cause of elephants in … Continue reading

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