Head to Head Bliss

Great painting Mary! The gauntlet has been thrown down. I better get something ready. I think it’s time to panic now.

Sneaking Bliss

For the past several years, Tim has created a piece of art for the Education Auction at the Sierra Cascade Logging Conference Education Lumberjack Dinner.

This year we’re doing something different. We’re both creating art for the auction to go head to head raising funds for forestry education.

Here are a few images of “Food Chain” as a work in progress.

I’ll save the final piece for when it’s framed.

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“Food Chain”

Food Chain - WIP Getting some paint on paper. Food Chain – WIP
Getting some paint on paper.

Food Chain WIP Food Chain WIP

Food Chain WIP Food Chain WIP

Food Chain WIP Food Chain WIP

Food Chain WIP Food Chain WIP

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“Timber! The Home Stretch

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The view of the art table with one of the spreads in progress.

watercolor, pen and ink, picture book

These were all that’s left to do. All have been started. Mary stretched and mounted them all for me, while I was painting. It’s good to have people! Working multiple illustrations at the same time is a very efficient way to get these done. By Sunday night I had completed two more spreads.

Ducks

This is the view out my window at my painting table, while I work. Not bad.

Forestry Friday … “Timber!” in Color

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The inking is complete and I’ve been painting furiously. I taken some vacation time to complete this project. Today I was painting the chipper scene. I posted about that one before.

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I couldn’t decide which picture to post, so here’s another.

Wild Wednesday … Pacific Fisher

Fisher, Pacific fisher, mixed media, pen and ink, watercolor, wildlife, Timber!

The Pacific Fisher in mixed media. Pen and ink, and watercolor. This is a spot illustration for the new children’s picture “Timber!”

Pacific Fisher, pen and ink, Timber!, wildlife

This is the pen and ink before the watercolor. Which version do you like better?

 

Wild Wednesday … The Burr Bear

Mary and I were driving into camp last summer and were approaching a little creek. As we rounded a bend in the road, this bear burst out of the blackberry bushes. It ran across the road in front of us and stopped in the blackberries about 30 feet away. I stopped the truck. It stared at us and we stared back. It appeared to be a young bear. It stayed there for a good 3 or 4 minutes while we took pictures. This bear was covered in burrs. unfortunately, that comes with this territory. black bear, bear, wildlife, photographyWild black bears usually run, but this one didn’t. Maybe, being a young bear it was curious. We’ve seen that before, “Curious Young Bear.”  We also suspected that it might be a sow and she had a cub that was still below the road. Perhaps, she wasn’t leaving her baby.

black bear, bear, wildlife, photographyMaybe, it was hoping we might stay and pick all those burrs out of it’s fur. After a few minutes of staring at each other, it ambled up the draw in search of a fresh patch of blackberries.