Bird Bath has been chosen again, this time for the Leigh Yawkey Woodson, Birds in Art exhibition 2017. There were 113 pieces chosen from the top bird artists worldwide. Its always an honour to be chosen.
I’m so proud that this piece was chosen for theBirds in Art US tour. From the 99 original entries chosen for the exhibition, 60 are chosen for the US tour.
June Peonies has been selected for the Birds in Art tour to the Museum of York County, Rock Hill, South Carolina (December 17, 2016 – April 9, 2017); Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas (April 28 – June 25, 2017); Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, Jamestown, New York (July 15 – August 27, 2017); Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport, Texas (September 15 – November 18, 2017); and Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton, California (December 8, 2017 – January 25, 2018).
This painting has been chosen for the Leigh Yaykey Woodson Birds in Art exhibition and also for the national US tour. They chose 69 for the national tour, from the 100 exhibits already chosen from around the world.
My fellow crew member, Stephen Gorman, a very talented wildlife photographer and friend, sent me these pics of a canoe trip I did last summer, 150 miles down the Kobuk River in Alaska. A crew of 5 set off after being dropped off by 2 float planes, on a lake that would take us to the Kobuk, to eventually come out at Kotzebue on the Chukchi Sea. It was cold and wet most of the time but spectacularly beautiful. We saw 21 grizzly bears and a black wolf. The wolves were very shy but we heard them howling at night. They sounded very close to our camp and the sound of them was amazing. Although we were paddling for full days, my fellow artist Rob Mullen and I did manage to do some field sketches and Steve Gorman took some amazing photographs.
For the third time I have been accepted for the Ducks Unlimited National Art Portfolio with my painting, Sunflowers and Chickadee. Sixteen artists were chosen from artists through Canada. DUL make beautiful, high quality prints from the original paintings and auction them to raise funds for wetland conservation.
I was asked to do a demo piece for International Artist magazine. I was please to have been asked but actually found it quite difficult to think about a process which I do automatically. I had to work in logical stages and remember to take photographs and notes about colours and really think about what I was doing and why, in order to put it down in writing so it would be useful information for others. I learned a lot from the process!
Photo courtesy of International Artist magazine www.internationalartist.com
I just sent this new original to Tutt St Gallery in Kelowna and they had sold it before it arrived. I always seem to be playing catch up. It would be so nice to complete a painting in a couple of days, instead of 3 weeks.