Throwback Thursday: American Coot Watercolor

American Coot Taking Flight (10x14 inch Transparent Watercolor on W&N 140 lb NCP Paper)

American Coot Taking Flight (10×14-inch Transparent Watercolor on W&N 140 lb NCP Paper)

American Coot Taking Flight (2.5×3.5-inch detail Transparent Watercolor on W&N 140 lb NCP Paper)

This is an older painting, probably from 2002. I still remember sketching this stuffed specimen in the Royal Ontario Museum. My wife had a conference in

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Blue Dasher Dragonfly (5×7-inch Transparent Watercolor): Throwback Thursday

Blue Dasher Dragonfly (5x7 inch Transparent Watercolor)

Blue Dasher Dragonfly (5×7-inch Transparent Watercolor)

Summer is a great time for dragonflies, damselflies and painting!

In my opinion insects really lend themselves well to the small 5×7-inch format. A few years ago I had a lot of fun painting several Odes, the nickname for Odonata, which is the Latin order for damselflies and

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Throwback Thursday–Blackburnian Warbler on Black Cherry (Transparent Watercolor on 140lb HP Paper 7.5 x 7.5 in)

Blackburnian Warbler on Black Cherry (Transparent Watercolor on 140lb HP Paper 7.5 x 7.5 in)

Blackburnian Warbler on Black Cherry (Transparent Watercolor on 140lb HP Paper 7.5 x 7.5 in)

My wife’s favorite warbler is the Blackburnian. Its hard not to be won over by the beautiful “fire throat.” I’m looking forward to seeing some this spring!

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Throwback Thursday: Belted Kingfisher on Birch

Belted Kingfisher on Birch (Transparent Watercolor on W&N 140lb NCP Paper 10 x 14 in) Original available

Belted Kingfisher on Birch (Transparent Watercolor on W&N 140lb NCP Paper 10 x 14 in) Original available

Around our house we call this painting the “Birch Perch.” This one has a bit of a history. I like the painting, but every time I look at it I feel a little sick to my stomach.

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Throwback Thursday: Bee Eaters!

Little Bee Eaters (10x14 in Transparent Watercolor)

Little Bee Eaters (10×14 in Transparent Watercolor)

 

Carmine Bee Eaters (10×14 in Transparent Watercolor)

Here are a pair of paintings from early 1997. I did the Little Bee Eaters as a wedding gift for my friend Mike. The Carmine Bee Eaters were an engagement gift for my (now) wife, Liesl. They were

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