Friday, November 5, 2010

"A Daring Heist"Osprey and Black backed Gulls

. I watched this scene unfold on a recent sail. There were two enormous Greater Black backed gulls guarding a large "Blue fish" carcass, when all of a sudden an Osprey grabbed the prize and flew off with the larger birds in hot pursuit.

"Storm at Sea" 15 x 36'' oil

In some ways I was terribly unlucky with the weather in England on my recent visit. We had storm after storm. although I was unprepared for the cold, and the rain, I loved the constant drama. I spent many hours wandering up and down the beach.What a 'whinging Pom" I've become! England was great, who cares about the occasional storm, when you get to eat the best Indian food, and the beer's Great!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Oystercatchers oil 24 x 48'' SOLD

I saw these on a recent visit to England. I spent the week chasing the local Oystercatchers along the beach. This was just before sunset. The light was gorgeous. Beautiful golden pink light reflected on the water's surface.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

"Spring Break" 5 x 7 oil

In Florida the birds and the holidaymakers really do share the beach.

Here's a couple of recent life paintings. I love getting together with other artists and painting a model for a couple of hours. It really charges up the batteries plus you get to hear all the latest gossip!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

"High Flying" 18 x 24 oil

I was lying on a beach looking at this gorgeous sky thinking it would be fun to add a bird. I chose a great Egret because I like them.

Passing Storm oil 6 x 15

I loved the yellow light after a summer storm. I promise my horizon is level. It's just not a great snap.

Zebra at a waterhole 6 x 15 oil SOLD

I enjoy painting groups of Zebra.

Thirsty work! 12 x 9 oil

Patrick features in so many of my paintings these days. He's madly keen on pond and Creek dipping.It's hot work and my painting shows him taking a well earned "Freeze-pop" break. I think the giant blue bucket was a little ambitious considering he was catching minnows.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Bounty oil 6x6 SOLD

"The Bounty" (from the movies) visited St Michaels earlier this summer. It docked at the Maritime museum.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Regatta oil 5 x 7 sold

I love the steely grey water of the Solent. This regatta was at Cowes in the Isle Of Wight. When I lived in UK I never realised how stunning the English skies are.

Supporters Club (log Canoe race) 5 x 7 oil

This boat is one of the features of the Log Canoe races on the Miles river. It was out there today, minus the plastic palm tree. I think it belongs to one of the owners.

pirates oil 5 x 7

This ones for Alice to see, because it shows Walt(my friend) and Patrick (my son) Having a sword fight(well driftwood actually) on the beach in Florida.

Choppy waters (Skipjack) 12 x 9 SOLD

This is one of my paintings for an exhibition at the Annapolis Maritime museum.

Heat and Dust oil 24 x 36

I love to paint Tigers. In my opinion they are the most beautiful of the Big Cats. This painting was shipped to UK and is going to be exhibited at this year's Society Of Wildlife Artists Exhibition in London next week

"Naughty but Fun" oil 5 x 7

I saw these Amish girls having fun at the beach. I thought they might have some explaining to do when they got home with wet dresses. They were having the best time though.

Charolais cows oil 24 x36 (sold)

It's so hard to start posting again. It's been so long. I apologize to all the visitors who have been unable to see new paintings and I assure everyone that I am still alive and painting!
This was a fun commission, except that I wasn't able to find any Charolais cattle on the Eastern shore of Maryland. Luckily my sister came to the rescue. I found a breeding center in Sussex UK. She and her boyfriend spent a fun day with the farmer driving around the herd on a tractor. She then sent me some terrific reference. Not exactly how I like to work but It did the job.

Monday, April 12, 2010

"Spoilt for Choice" oil 22 x 36 SOLD

This is a Grey Heron (the one we get in England) they can be found throughout Europe and asia. This one in is the middle of the Indian ocean in the Maldives.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

"A Perfect Day" oil 5 x 7 SOLD

This is our friend Alice with Julia and Patrick spending an Idyllic spring day at the beach in Bonita Springs. I loved Alice's hat!

"Feeding Gulls" oil 7 x 5 sold

Patrick loves feeding the gulls,

"Timeless Pleasure"oil 7 x 5 SOLD

This is part of my "Day At The Seaside" series. Paddling is one of those simple pleasures we can all enjoy.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Harbour Entrance.(Osprey) oil 7 x 5

I have known this Osprey nest for many years. It is the marker to St Michaels Harbour.
I remember sailing past it with Julia's dad, before we got married. I have always wanted to do a painting of it.

November waterman oil 5 x 7 SOLD

I saw this waterman in November. He was working the entrance to st Michaels harbour. We were taking friends out during the Waterfowl fest. By mid November all the pleasure boats have retired for the winter and the bay is left to the Waterman.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Woodland creek 5 x 12 oil

I see this snag on my morning walk everyday. Often there is a heron perched on the snag. I have also seen kingfishers, egrets and eagles on the snag. I love it when the morning sunlight illuminates the branches.
I have also Included the painting In It's early stage.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Iguana and White ibises oil 5 x 13'' SOLD

I saw this scene in Costa Rica. The white Ibis were not at all bothered by the extremely large Iguana.

"Paddy" oil 20 x 16

My old friend Neil Oshea phoned from UK to ask if I was still alive, because I haven't posted anything on my blog since the New year. To prove I am indeed alive and painting I felt I had better get posting!!
This is my son Patrick!

The fishing trip oil 5 x 7'' SOLD

This is a typical Eastern Shore summer scene. Two lads off for an afternoon's fishing on our local Creek.( Leeds Creek)

Sunset on the Bay( Selina 11) 18 x 24'' SOLD

I have just finished this painting of Selina 11 out on the Bay last summer. It was one of those paintings that needed to be pared down.Not much detail, just colour and hopefully atmosphere. This is a sight you can see all summer long. Selina a large catboat) was built in 1911 and is docked in St Michaels harbour. She is always on the river taking out tourists. The Miles river would seem naked without her and the old Skipjack" The Herman Krantz plying their trade.

Reflection. Great egret 36 x 16'' oil SOLD

This is really a designer piece. I wanted to keep it simple . A bold statement, rather than a fussier piece.

Zebra. 8 x 10 oil

Here;s another small African painting. Again I saw this Zebra in Botswana.

Elephant 8 x 10 oil SOLD

It's been a while since I have painted any African subjects. I saw this Elephant in Botswana.

" The Gathering" oil 8 x 36''

I saw these waterbirds in Costa Rica. The Idea is to make it a diptick or even triptick. There were so many more birds. I love to paint mixed species preening squabbling, and doing anything but posing.