These are a couple of new oils heading for The Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Maryland, November 11-13, 2016. You can find me and my twenty-five original oils in the Pavilion, right across the street from the Armory at 40 S. Harrison, Easton Maryland. I hope to see you there!!
I posted this piece without birds a few weeks ago. It leaned against the wall for a while until I figured out what it needed. Stilts seem to be the answer when I need a bird to add a bit of drama. These are North American black-necked stilts. This will be one of twenty-five original oils that I'll be exhibiting at The Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Maryland - November 11, 12 and 13th. You can find me in the Pavilion across the street from the Armory.
The second piece is the final piece I'm painting for the Waterfowl Festival. It's just a little guy - 11" x 11" but it gives me some ideas for a larger painting - eventually.
This is still not quite finished - it may (or may not) have birds in it. I'm wanting to do large paintings of the sea - because of the abstract quality and colors. This is my main goal for the next year or two.
A drive over Wolf Creek Pass in Colorado a few weeks ago, inspired this little oil. It will be one of twenty or more originals that I'll be showing at The Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Maryland, November 11-13, 2016.
Joe Garcia and I are having a show at Mountain Trails Gallery in Sedona, Arizona. Titled, Birds of a Feather, the exhibition features our bird paintings. Between us, we'll have more than thirty new paintings. These are a few of the oils that will be featured at the gallery exhibition which will be opening Friday, October 7th from 5 - 8 pm. I hope to see you there!
This piece is fresh off the easel. It's a 30" x 30" oil on Ampersand 2" deep cradleboard. Unframed, it gives the painting a more contemporary feel which is what I'm aiming for. The birds are New Zealand pied stilts; a very common bird in my part of New Zealand.
This painting will stay in New Zealand and can be seen at the Opua Gallery on the wharf in Opua.
In two days it will be the first day of spring here in New Zealand. The day started with winds and heavy rain which are moving south. After living in Oak Creek Canyon, Arizona, for thirty-five years, I am not used to being able to see so far from my window. It's a distraction that I'm always tempted to paint, so I did. This was painted plein air, looking south east from my studio window at the passing storm.
Little Landscape #5 - View From my Window
by Adele Earnshaw
Shane has just finished his first piece for the Little Landscape project. For newcomers to my blog, Shane is my son and also a professional illustrator. Occasionally we have fun doing online projects such as this. This is the fourth piece in our project.
When I was a kid, every town in New Zealand had a hotel & pub; hotel upstairs and the pub down. During WWI, as a wartime measure, liquor could not be served after 6 pm but it became a way of life and didn't change until 1967. But while 6 o'clock closing was still in effect, men would get off work and make a dash to the pub to drink as much as they could in 45 minutes. This became known as The Six O'Clock Swill. Now we have more civilized hours but many of the iconic pubs still remain. They all look similar to this one - the Hikurangi Hotel. Another Kiwi icon is the Four Square grocery store that you see on the right side. Hikurangi is a little town north of Whangarei, not much more than a wide spot in the road.
I love chemisa - the yellow flowered bush that blooms in New Mexico and southern Colorado in the autumn. It's a lovely blue-green color and when the yellow flowers are set against the purple shadows that you often see in the clear air of the southwest, it's a beautiful combination. This painting is one of the ten paintings I'll be exhibiting at Art for the Sangres in Westcliffe, Colorado, September 23 & 24th.
The small iconic town of Kawakawa is not far from where I live in New Zealand. NZ gets a lot of rain so the verandah covered sidewalks are typical of kiwi towns. Though we do have large chain stores such as Kmart and Warehouse, towns still have many privately owned shops; a butcher, bakery, hardware store, clothing, takeaway food (fish & chips) and lots of cafes. Americans say that New Zealand reminds them of California 40 years ago.
My son and I are starting a new online project titled Little Landscapes. Last time, I painted bird studies and he did primarily landscapes. This time, I'm also doing mainly landscapes, but mine will be of New Zealand. Shane is a full-time illustrator with three kids so finding time to paint for the project won't be easy for him, but be patient, and he'll make some contributions.
This first little painting is an original oil of Goat Island at Leigh, very close to the town of Warkworth, New Zealand, where I grew up. My father was one of the first scuba divers in New Zealand in the 1950's and would bring home plenty of crays (NZ's lobster). Now it is a protected marine reserve.
Prices shown are in U.S. dollars. The paintings in this project will all be 6" x 8" oil on gessoed board, unframed. Payment is through Paypal. If you prefer not to use Paypal, email me and we'll make other arrangements. If the Paypal link doesn't work, that usually means it has sold. Thanks for your interest in our project!
I paint a lot of roads - perhaps because I'm a traveller and I like the stories they tell. This oil will be one of ten paintings I'll be exhibiting at Art for the Sangres in Westcliffe, Colorado, September 23, 24th, 2016. The Slow Road is painted on a gessoed hardboard. I buy a 4' x 8' sheet of masonite and using a Stanley knife and a metal ruler, I cut it into the sizes I need. I've tried using various electric saws to make the job easier but they just aren't accurate enough for me. So....back to the Stanley knife.
Five years ago, my son and I joined forces for an online project titled "75 for 75". It was wildly successful thanks to friends, fellow artists and collectors. Last week, Shane suggested we do it again!
This time we'll both paint primarily landscapes. Last time I did bird studies as I wanted to learn how to paint them looser and more painterly. I struggle with landscapes so I hope this will help me become a better landscape painter.
All the paintings in this project will be 6" x 8" oil on gessoed boards. They'll sell for US $125 (unframed) plus $10 shipping. We'll post a couple of landscapes per week here on my blog, our websites, Facebook and Instagram. Payment will be through Paypal.
This is my first piece for the project. It's pretty tight, but as with the bird studies, I'm hoping that by the time I finish the project, my landscapes will be looser and much more painterly. This piece isn't available for sale until the project officially starts next week.
"Across the Evening Sky" was inspired by the Blackwater Refuge in Cambridge, Maryland. I have exhibited at The Waterfowl Festival every year for close to thirty years. The nearby Blackwater Refuge is one of my favorite places to paint - in fact I used a watercolor that I did at the Blackwater as reference material for this painting.
These are the final three oils of a series of six that will be hanging for the next month at the Opua Arts Studio & Gallery. The gallery is on the wharf in Opua, looking out over the bay where I find some much inspiration for my subject matter.
Opua is my home. It's located in the Far North of New Zealand's North Island. It is the primary port of entry for yachties arriving in New Zealand where they go through biosecurity and customs, so there is no shortage of yachts to paint! http://www.bayofislandsmarina.co.nz/
Another piece off the easel! This little oil is finished except for a tweak or two and a few lines on the rigging once the background is dry. It's inspired by one of the yachts I see in Opua - but it isn't a literal rendition. I often tell fibs about the color and light. As the American impressionist, William Merritt Chase said:
"Just don't hesitate to exaggerate color and light. Don't be afraid to tell lies - the most tiresome pictures are the stupidly truthful ones".
A few days ago, I spotted this boat at anchor across the bay from Opua, near Russell. Russell was New Zealand's first capital, then named Kororareka, 'the hell hole of the Pacific' known for its bars and brothels. I think we're more civilized now and the capital was moved to Wellington long ago.
This little piece is fresh off the easel. It's a 10" x 8" oil on gessoed masonite. I live a stone's throw from the sea and my little hometown of Opua, New Zealand, is the northern-most international port for yachties when they arrive in New Zealand. Though I'm not a sailor, I'm fascinated with the yachts that arrive in port fitted with solar panels, a wind generator and other gear that tells me they're long-distance voyagers. Where are they from and where have they been?
After painting full time for 30 years, working 8 hours a day and often seven days a week, I just took more than 3 months off! It felt strange not to be painting every day but I renovated two bathrooms and spent a month playing tourist with visitors from the U.S. But I have four upcoming shows so it's time to get back to work. I'm starting with a couple of little studies for my 'Boats of Opua' series to get me back in the swing of things.
The Boats of Opua #16
8" x 6" oil on gessoed board, unframed
US$125 plus $10 shipping