Here Fishy, Fishy!

 

8 x 22
Enamel on Lucite
Original: $350
Reproductions Available

My good friend, Sandi Ritchie Miller, gave me what she considered to be a junk piece of lucite which I intended to use as a palette to experiment with the new enamel paints she had given me. I wasn’t sure how they would mix and flow, so a junk piece of lucite seemed to be just the right tool at the right time.

However (isn’t there always a “however”?) the more I looked at that piece of lucite the more I saw fish and shells and greenery. What could I do? I had to paint it.

And so, the throw away piece of lucite became my next painting.

Glub, glub…

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Spar No.2

 

18 x 24
Enamel on Plexiglass
Original: $625
Reproductions Available

My friend and fellow artist Sandi Ritchie Miller creates beautiful pieces using enamel paints on lucite. Always up for trying something new, I decided to give it a try on Plexiglass. I found out it was a lot more difficult to get the paint to stick on lucite than on canvas but it was fun playing with a new surface. Here’s a composition inspired by a trip to the Annapolis Maritime Museum. There was this old skipjack lying in the yard behind the museum with all its metalwork rusted and nasty…I loved it! So I just had to paint it.

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Nautilus

 

14 x 11
Enamel on Canvas
Original: $275
Reproductions Available

Last October at Kent Youth’s Holiday Galleria show in Chestertown, Maryland I met Sherry Sonntag-Whorl of Classic Glass Studios and bought three of her wonderful stained glass works for my sunroom, one of which contains a nautilus shell. So I started wondering what the actual nautilus creature looks like. Once I did some research I was thrilled! I think they are pretty kool creatures with their dangling tentacles and big, puffy eyes peeking out from under their hooded shells. Viola! Here is my interpretation.

 

 

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Crab No.3

 

12 x 9
Enamel on Canvas
Original: $200
Reproductions Available

I’ll never tire of painting Chesapeake Bay blue crabs, an icon of the area.  Just wish it were easier to repopulate the crabs in the Bay as overfishing and pollution have severely diminished their numbers.

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Osprey No.1

 

11 x 8
Gouache on Watercolor Paper
Original: $200
Reproductions Available

The male ospreys arrive on St. Patty’s Day, a month or so before the females, with the sole purpose of creating a nest for their offspring. Some of them are very diligent in this regard. Others, however, fool around fishing and cavorting until their mate arrives and there is a whole lot of unpleasantness brought on by lackadaisical nest-making! It is quite fun to watch these large birds and their babies all summer and we miss them when they migrate – males to one winter location, females to another.

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Bay Life Outdoor Mural

My neighbor had a whole-house generator installed at her home. Unfortunately, the contractor installed it right in front of the house directly at the end of a long driveway. She asked me to paint a bay scene of snowy white egrets for her to enhance impact the huge, white box and stand. This project involved researching primers and paints for four surfaces – vinyl, plastic, wood and metal – as well as designing a mural that could begin at the ground with bay grasses that snake up the legs of the stand and continue up onto the plastic base, the metal container and vinyl lid. It was a bit harder a task than I had anticipated because mother nature did NOT cooperate! We had a very, very wet September effectively postponing the start of my project since the self-etching metal primer was water-sensitive and would absorb any excess humidity in the air, thus failing to effectively seal the surface. 🙁  Then the colder-than-normal October forced me to paint with gloves and scarves on and witness bugs and leaves blowing into my wet paint! How do outdoor muralists do this??!! The good news: The client liked the finished project and I completed it before the inevitable snow arrives.  🙂

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Triple Crab - Jimmy, Sally, Sook

Each 7 x 5
Watercolor
Reproductions Available

“Triple Crab” is actually three different paintings which I have matted into one framed composition. There is “Jimmy” – a male crab in the center, “Sally” – an immature female on the right, and “Sook” – a mature female crab on the left. I have sold some of the individual paintings but also enjoy the combination of the three in one composition. What do you think?

 

 

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Crab No.2

 

10 x 8
Watercolor
Original: $200
Reproductions Available

This watercolor is a Maryland blue crab, many of whom wander into my crab pots and become our dinner 🙂  They may not be very pretty but they sure are tasty, especially with the obligatory Old Bay seasoning!

 

 

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Cormorant

 

24 x 24
Oil on Canvas
Original: $600
Reproductions Available

A familiar bird in my location on the Chesapeake Bay is the cormorant. They have a distinctive angle to their bodies as they perch on anything that doesn’t get up and move away.

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Snowy White Egret

 

18 x 18
Oil on Canvas
Original: $575
Reproductions Available

Back to oils and the local birds. This is a snowy white egret that nests in the marsh grasses nearby. I never see more than a few snowy whites at a time but I see a fledgling now and again, so I know there are at least a couple of pairs. They must be very shy and who can blame them with the eagles and ospreys nearby?

 

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