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02-16-2012, 08:25 PM
Started tonight...16" x 20" on linen gallery wrap...
concept...a large mature whitetail buck will be visible near the lower right third of rules juncture point. Three-quarter turn looking out toward the right...

Typical of an oak ridge in Wisconsin...


and this piece...a plein air of a local river...came off the wall, and added a pair of ruffed grouse in flight, calling it..."Great Escape"...
a trait of upland birds is to use a river as a barrier...feeding on one side, first sign of danger taking flight to a remote spot across the river...


This one will be donating this work to the Ruffed Grouse Society this year for a banquet fund raiser...and will once more be the featured artist present.

02-17-2012, 12:33 AM
Really wonderful pieces here! Love your expressive strokes and rich colors. These paintings both have wonderful atmospheres.

02-17-2012, 02:54 AM
I look forward to seeing the white tailed buck finished. Your Great Escape painting is beautiful!

02-17-2012, 12:19 PM
I agree with the others. Both Lovely paintings. I enjoy your style:)

02-18-2012, 10:33 AM
thanks everyone..

Bit more work yesterday...added a scrape beneath what would be a "licking branch" on a nearby oak...and bedded down, alert just beyond is a mature buck. Checking wind for scent, perhaps hearing something approaching? Is the scrape his...or a competitor?

Still a work in progress...


02-18-2012, 02:10 PM
Lovely work! I love your style. The brushstrokes are loose and expressive, and then colors are so true to life. I really admire your reflections in the plein air piece.:)

02-18-2012, 02:13 PM
Thank you Paige....very kind...

02-18-2012, 02:14 PM
Ohhh NICE! Lovely loose style and am in love with the Plein Air!
Watching you work, with anticipation!

02-18-2012, 02:31 PM
thanks Barb...

02-18-2012, 04:14 PM
Love the picture of the grouse.

02-18-2012, 05:02 PM

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02-18-2012, 05:35 PM
Fully understand your intentions with this piece and I wait with eager anticipation, but so far, to me, the stick by the buck's eye is not reading right on screen - your the expert though.

02-18-2012, 05:49 PM
Fully understand your intentions with this piece and I wait with eager anticipation, but so far, to me, the stick by the buck's eye is not reading right on screen - your the expert though.

thanks Jason...naw...I've more or less surrendered such allusions of such expertise I think...almost embarrasses me now. Was important when I was much younger...but such and .75cents will buy a cup of coffee maybe! hahaha... Just a painter is all...and one that enjoys the privilege to help others aspiring.

Sometimes it is the thing that "bugs" us...that creates the tension. And such a moment of one walking up a ridge would experience that moment. IF you believe you saw the buck first...the question is...did he see you or no? Is the stick enough to cloak your entering into possible view? Animals look each other in the eye...does he think he is more the hidden for that one small popple?

Would we, the viewer wish to look around that popple to see him more in the eye, but...would that not reveal our position and presence?

Something of a mind game. Perhaps not the ideal that folks might prefer...but as one that spends a lot of time pursuing whitetail...the less than ideal appealed to me for such reasons.

I'm actually entertaining one or two more smaller popples to obscure him a bit more...still in all that playing mode here...

thanks... :wave:

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02-21-2012, 05:15 AM
Understand, looking forwards to an update then :)

02-21-2012, 09:12 PM
Wonderful painterly style! :)

02-21-2012, 09:47 PM

here after today...added few more trees, plus some painting on the sides since this is gallery wrap...


and the corner views...



02-21-2012, 10:10 PM
I really love your colors in the whitetail painting.

02-22-2012, 05:11 PM
I really love your colors in the whitetail painting.

thanks Jenny...

I decided to revamp and overhaul my idea...

painted the buck out...worked up the distance a bit...and will be trying to work a silhouette more idea of the deer in...less obvious still..

02-22-2012, 07:19 PM
Okay...here's the painting after I painted out the bedded buck...


Here now two pics...the new buck..and really enjoy his posturing and attitude in this.

I labored to get the anatomical structure, the values...depth illusion right, but with only the necessary brushwork...which the closeup should reveal...