Wildlife Art in 2012

Its been a while since I have had the time to sit down and write an article about wildlife art and I apologize to my loyal readers for that. We have been so busy trying to earn money so that we can continue to create wildlife art that this blog has suffered. I will try to remedy that starting today.

For the past 18 months, we have been on the road gathering photographs for our reference library as well as doing odd jobs to earn money. We’ve been all over South Georgia, Florida, Continue reading

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David Maass Wildlife Artist

Mallard-HenI think every wildlife artist dreams of one day being able to convey wildlife through their paintings the way David Maass has in his works of art.

The big advantage that David Maass has when painting wildlife is his ability to paint a world as seen through the eyes of a hunter. He is a master of both design and observation of the natural world. When viewing one of his paintings, it’s obvious that he has been to the scene portrayed in the image.

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Wildlife Conservation Prints for Sale

Wildlife Conservations Prints for SaleI have always been a wildlife lover, expecially ducks, and now have taken the next step in this admiration. I am excited to tell you about a new organization I’m priviledged to be associated with. I recently joined forces with Art for Conservation, and through this association, am pleased to announce that we have wildlife conservation prints for sale.

Together, we have pledged 1% of the profits from the sale of these prints to go directly to wildlife conservation. Art for Conservation is an Continue reading

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The Old Mill Pond, A Collectible Waterfowl Print

The Old Mill Pond Waterfowl PrintIn today’s post, I want to tell you about a limited-time special that we are running on the waterfowl print entitled “The Old Mill Pond”.

This print is a limited edition, offset lithograph waterfowl print featuring a pair of mallard ducks lifting from the waters of an old secluded grist mill pond. The pond in this scene is located near where I grew up in south Georgia. The old grist mill burned down several years ago, but the mill pond is still there.

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Wildlife Art – Mallard Ducks – The Haven

Wildlife Art, Mallard DucksToday, I finished my latest Mallard Duck painting in my Wildlife Art Series entitled “The Haven” and I’ll talk a little about how this painting came about.

I first started this painting back on December 18, 2010 as an experiment in just painting for the fun of it, and talked about that process in Painting for Fun. When I started the painting, I did not use my normal method of planning for the painting. I just set up a canvas, mixed some colors, and went to work.

I did want the painting to have Continue reading

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Cleaning Paint Brushes

Cleaning paint brushes is sometimes not enough to keep them at their peak performance. In a previous post, How to Clean Paint Brushes, I mentioned that the best way to care for your paint brushes was to keep them clean. I always wash my brushes thoroughly when I’m finished with a painting session for the day.

However, with even the most diligent regular Continue reading

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What is a Giclée Print

giclée printIn today’s post, I’m going to be discussing the giclée print, what it is, how it’s produced, and what value it has in the wildlife art world.

The word giclée (pronounced zee-clay) is derived from the French verb gicler, which means to spurt, spatter, or spew. This term is used because large format ink jet printers are used to print the giclée prints. Ink jet printers operate by means of a print head that literally sprays the ink onto the printed surface.

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How to Paint a Mallard Duck Wing

In this post, I’m going to teach you how to paint a mallard duck wing, using a quick and easy to master method. Today, I’ll only be giving you instructions for painting the underside of a mallard duck wing, but in a later post, I’ll show you how to paint the top side of the wing.

The underside of a mallard duck wing is made up of a series of small feathers that cover the main flight feathers and the secondary feathers of the upper side of the wing. I have created a method of painting these feather groups that greatly simplifies the process and looks realistic without having to paint each individual feather. The method involves Continue reading

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How to Paint With Acrylics

How to Paint With Acrylics is a great series of books from the late Walter Foster’s acclaimed “How to Draw and Paint” series. This particular book is entitled “Landscapes” and is a great addition to any beginner’s library of how-to books. I started out with this and 4 other books in the series.

How To Paint With AcrylicsLearn acrylic painting techniques from these modern experts. Follow the processes by which they compose a painting, from initial drawings through to completion. Walter Foster’s acclaimed “How to Draw and Paint” series has motivated Continue reading

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Clark Color Labs

I received my first digital SLR camera four years ago and immediately began looking for a photo processing service to handle the images I wanted to print. I had been using Clark Color Labs for the past thirty years for film processing, so I began searching the internet to see if Clark had a website. I was glad to find they did.

During the internet search, I found numerous sites that handle digital photo processing, but their prices were a good bit higher than the prices Clark was offering. I went to the Clark Color Labs website Continue reading

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