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Old Thursday 19th July 2012, 22:52   #26
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Old Saturday 21st July 2012, 15:01   #27
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I like the Canvasback painting very much. Very tranquil.
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Old Saturday 15th September 2012, 19:06   #28
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Hello All,

I haven't posted in a bit, been working hard on my entry for the Wildlife Habitat Canada duck stamp that I need to ship out at the end of this month. I was very excited about being invited to compete this year, I believe only ~20 artists were invited into last year's competition. You can get more info on the competition here: http://www.whc.org/en/programs/art-competition

The species this year is the Cinnamon Teal, a species whose range is quite a bit west of me unfortunately. Luckily though, I have a couple friends out west who sent me some reference pictures to work with. Of course I cannot post my entry here but the contest did get me to update my website and create a facebook page, something I had been putting off far too long!

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Old Tuesday 18th September 2012, 14:09   #29
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Hello again all,

Since I have a VERY hard time working on just one painting for days (or weeks in this case) , I took some time off from my duck stamp entry and worked on a smaller painting I have been wanting to do.

This is one of my favourite ducks to watch, the Common Goldeneye. My son and I see them often when birding in the winter as they are common on the Great Lakes in Ontario during the colder months. I called this one "Up From a Dive". It is acrylic on hardboard, 21cm x 28cm (8 1/2" x 11").
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Old Tuesday 2nd October 2012, 00:16   #30
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Hello again all!

I am pretty excited as I just sold my first painting in many years (since I 'restarted' painting).

A gentleman saw my facebook page and contacted me and funnily enough wanted to purchase the Orchard Oriole painting that I started this thread with! He actually inquired about prints but since I have yet to find a good local print shop, I let him know it may be awhile at which point he asked if the original was available. So I carefully packaged it off and shipped it last week.

Today I got news it arrived safe and sound and is off to his framer. Nice feeling.

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Old Tuesday 2nd October 2012, 07:28   #31
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Nice one Steve it must be a great feeling and a big confidence boost
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Old Tuesday 2nd October 2012, 08:11   #32
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Nice one Steve - the first of many, I hope.
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Old Tuesday 2nd October 2012, 09:32   #33
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congratulations on the sale, I love the way your goldeneye pic has the pattern on the bird repeating in the wave behind.
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Old Tuesday 2nd October 2012, 14:19   #34
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Thanks for the kinds words everyone. Yes, it is definitely a confidence boost.

Nick - thanks for the comment on the Goldeneye and the wave. To be completely honest, that wasn't something I set out to do while working on it but then I did notice it as I finished up! Must have done it subconsciously or something, which is interesting.
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Old Wednesday 3rd October 2012, 01:20   #35
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very nice painting... and a neat composition with the wave. More energetic than a tighter framing would be.
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Old Monday 17th December 2012, 17:07   #36
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Hello again folks,

Thought I would check in again with a recent painting. Bit of background on this one .. another forum I frequent (not art-related) holds an annual Christmas auction to raise money for those members who are less fortunate and/or going through tough times due to job loss, what have you .. I decided this year to contribute a painting to the cause, with all proceeds of the sale going to the folks who need it.

I thought this would be a good time to do a "partner" piece to the painting I started this thread with, this time with the more well-known and strikingly coloured relative of the Orchard Oriole, the Baltimore Oriole. The painting is 8" x 10" and is nearly done, maybe just one/two sessions left in it. The auction closes this Wednesday at midnight and there were quickly a fair number of bids on it, that was very encouraging. Current high bid is $115 US.

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Very fine work, Steve - and well done with the gesture. Top class, all round!
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Old Tuesday 18th December 2012, 13:56   #38
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Old Wednesday 19th December 2012, 02:02   #39
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Superb pieces Steve! Get my stamp of approval, anytime!
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Congrats on the sale, and stunning oriole! The colors are so crisp and bright!
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Thanks for the kind words everyone.

An update on the Christmas auction, my painting remained at $115 with 10 minutes left, then there was a mini-flurry from a few bidders, a dozen or so bids later and the hammer fell at $170. So I was very pleased, especially knowing that money will help a family have a nice Christmas dinner and some presents for their kids.

Hope everyone has a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Good work Steve, both the painting and the good will!

Merry Christmas to you.

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Beautiful job on the Baltimore Oriole! A few years ago, we had a male Baltimore Oriole show up in one of our favorite birding locations (a large public park) out here. This is quite the rarity in the Northwest part of the US, and the very vocal and visible bird drew people from all over the NW to see it. Then one day it was gone and never seen again - we theorized that it probably became too tempting a target for a local Cooper's Hawk and become a meal.
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Hi Steve - well all I can say is what a comeback! Incredible work - love both orioles - website looks good too.

Congrats on your first sale and luck with the stamp competitions.
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Thanks for the kinds words Chris! Wow, time really flew by the last bit, I've been away from the forum too long with work and a bit of travel. Now I am busy getting some pieces together for submissions to a couple of competitions.

Here is a recent smaller piece I just completed, a head shot of Ontario's most common owl the Great Horned Owl. We see a nesting pair each spring in one of my favourite birding spots. It's acrylic on board, 15cm x 15cm (6" x 6") .
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Another wee beauty,Steve - like this portrait very much. Lucky you to have ready access to these superb birds.
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Thanks guys.

Tim, you are right, we are very lucky to be able to see these birds so often. Southern Ontario is a pretty good spot for owls, we get Snowies and Great Greys almost every winter, then in the summer 5-6 other species are around. I've always loved owls, it's that great stare they have!
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Love the Great Horned Owl. I saw one before I was into birding when working on Camp Spoilt Weasel in PA years back. We thought it was one of those giant plastic roof owls until it took off...
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