Monday, September 22, 2014

Student Work

These are two tiny paintings, 4" x 4", from an assignment my drawing students completed last week.  Each student made at least 12 of these tiny watercolor paintings.  They were inspired by the students commute to class.  Ben focused on the wildlife he encountered and Jennifer on the textures. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Teen Update

Olivia has also been sick, bronchitis/walking pneumonia, and so missed out on her performances this weekend.  So normally I will have photos of flags but today we'll have to be satisfied with an image from this summer.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Eye of the Frog

I've been sick for the past three weeks which has put a damper on all of my activities.  I'm also spending much more time inside than outside which has limited the images I have to choose from.  So to keep things interesting I'm going to be including more images of what I do and see.  Images from teaching, studio, high school, and of course the great outdoors. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Buttonbush Follow Up

I'd say lately I've taken some photos of some interesting things but I have not taken some interesting photos.  Perhaps my focus on documentation has dulled my compositional sense.  After I take my final documentary photo in December I'm only going to take stunningly amazing photos.  Or maybe I should make myself keep taking documentary photos until I get good at it.  Sigh.  That sounds hard.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Good Show

It's going to be a great season.  First of all, the show is going to be good to photograph, obviously my top priority.  Secondly, this is my second viewing and already many great things have been added.  I look forward to seeing the show unfold this fall.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Young Robins

Young Robins can be seen everywhere at Heinz these days.  In fact so can huge flock of adults. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Like These

These images might be more about their color than texture, another subject that keeps me busy.  Perhaps I'm gearing up for another round of cut canvas works.  Obsessive consideration of texture seems to be a precursor to that sort of work. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Plant Textures

I have something of an obsession with the shapes and textures of plants.  Lucky for me the refuge supplies much to fuel my obsession.

Thursday, September 4, 2014


Lately there have been a nice assortment of tiny flowers along the paths at Heinz NWR.  It's amazing how something can be so small and so complex. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Band Season

Band Season is upon us again.  It looks like Senior year is going to be a great show.  I have high hopes for getting some good shots.  The Freshman year show was good to photograph but Sophomore and Junior year the shows were very spread out and it was hard to get more than a couple people in each shot.  Doesn't look like it will be a problem this year. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Northern Flicker

This is the first Northern Flicker I've seen at my feeders.  Unfortunately he stunned himself against either the door or the window and had to have a sit.  Luckily after 10 minutes or so he was able to fly off, hopefully no worse for wear. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

End of Summer

My summer officially ended this week with the start of classes at Tyler/Temple.  To mark the occasion I pulled my jeans out of storage.  And then decided not to wear them...  It's still a bit hot and we might go outside for class today. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sneak Peek

And finally to wrap up my studio updates a peek into the future.  After all that brown, black, and grey I've begun to paint my coleus plants for what I hope will be a pretty cool installation. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Puffin Cam

After the gulls I started playing around with the Puffin screen grabs I've been taking while watching the cam on Seal Island, Maine.  They are 15"x20" and part of an installation of 15 paintings.  I'm not sure if I'm done with it yet. 

My Virtual Puff Observation installed:

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Paintus Interruptus

My month of painting Lesser Black-back Gulls (at least I think that's what these are...) was interrupted by my summer teaching job and by crappy photos.  I took the photos in Virginia Beach but the light was too annoying and the birds too far away to really enjoy working from them.  This might be the only one of the bunch I'll show to anyone. 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Ring-billed Gulls

I set out to paint the Willets (previous post) before my semester ended and I determined that I would just paint willets for a month.  I felt the need to focus on something specific and since I'd taken about a thousand photos of those willets I had something that was both the same and offered enough variety to keep going.  I'm particularly interested in the brown birds which can look so alike at a glance but really do have specific differences.  In this case it's the Immature Ring-billed Gulls.  I have a lot to learn in making these paintings which I'm making in the same manner as I made the mountain paintings.  I try as much as possible to paint exactly what I see for as long as I can.  Unlike the mountains, where if the complexity of the image overwhelms me and I get off track no one can tell, these bird paintings are a real challenge to stay focused.  With a few exceptions I determined it was best to work on them all at once.  I determined this after spending several weeks trying to make the worst painting I've ever made that started out fine but got worse every time I touched it.  I'm not so interested in making a bird painting as in maintaining my focus through complex imagery. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Studio Update - Willets

Summer vacation for me started in May.  Well, actually, it was pretty much only May and a few weeks of June.  The time between when my classes end in May and Olivia gets out of school in June is all studio time.  I try to get in there every day as much as possible.  I had dreams of that lasting all summer and plans of getting Olivia to help with with a printmaking project.  But all of that got sidetracked when I picked up my summer teaching gig.  Yesterday I finally got out all the work I made this summer to photograph it.  It turned out to be more than I'd remembered.  This is a sneak peek at some of my favorites.  Eventually I'll update my website but it's pretty far down the to-do list right now. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Great Egrets

The refuge has been full of Great Egrets of late.  I enjoy photographing them but somehow always forget to allow room for reflection.  Literally.  Too bad because the only thing better than two egrets is of course four.