Since I'd been focusing on digital paintings it's been quite a while since I painted an actual oil painting. But you knew I couldn't stay away from real paint forever, right? So here are a couple new original oil paintings, my first of 2016!
This painting features a whitetail buck sporting his autumn antlers, surrounded by the golden colors of fall aspen trees.
"Aspen Woods Whitetail"
8"x10" oil on Multimedia Artboard
I was experimenting with some really bold colors on this one!
"Blood Bay Horse Portrait"
6"x6" oil on Multimedia Artboard
Both of these oil paintings present a looser style than I usually do. I have decided to distinguish my oil paintings from my digital paintings more by keeping the oils looser and more painterly while the digital paintings are highly detailed.
I've added a new option to my website's menu. I realize some of you are only interested in original oil paintings and not the prints and products available. Previously, you had to work your way through all the paintings as categorized by subject to see find available originals. This made it difficult to keep track of which originals are still available and which are sold So I added a section called Currently Available to make it easy for only those paintings that are still available, and I will do my best to keep this up-to-date. You can find this section under the Oil Paintings drop-down menu at the top of the page.
Just because I created a couple new oil paintings doesn't mean there are no new digital paintings. Here are a couple I completed since my last newsletter.
A colorful collection of birds in an autumn maple tree. Bird species include bluebirds, cardinals, goldfinches, a blue jay, a nuthatch, and a black-capped chickadee.
"Maple Tree Marvel"
Fine Art Prints Available
Taking a break from birds here, this is my first digital deer painting! It features a whitetail buck and doe resting under a stand autumn maple trees. The trees sit on a hilltop overlooking landscape that could be New England farmland.
I love that, with digital painting, I can paint super-huge images and get in there to do the tiniest detail, and these deer got a lot of detail. Click the image below to see a higher-res image. On that page, click a section of the image to see an even higher-rese detail of the image. If you click on the buck's face you can see his fur, eyelashes, and bumpy antler texture.
Fine Art Prints Available
The original version of this deer painting is square. I made it square for licensing since square allows it to be easily cropped vertically for things like garden flags, horizontally for products such as door mats, or left as a square for things like throw pillows. But square doesn't always work for wall decor like framed or canvas prints. I think most people prefer a horizontal format for a better fit over the sofa or fireplace. So I made a horizontal version as well in case you'd prefer it that way:
"Hilltop Retreat" - Horizontal version
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Here are some of the new licensing contracts that have been signed since my last newsletter.
Fountain Festivities have been licensed by Bits & Pieces for use on jigsaw puzzles.
Spring's Gift have been licensed by David Textiles for use on fabric and no-sew throw kits.
Cardinals Christmas Feast has been licensed by Discount Decorative Flags.
And, finally, Bluebird Garden Home has been licensed by The Cranford Group for use on garden flags.
My bird painting,Spring Garden Party, on jigsaw puzzles by Bits & Pieces is now available.
Exclusively for my Newsletter readers I'm offering a code for a discount off your entire order of art prints, greeting cards, throw pillows, apparel, phone cases, and more purchased through pixels.com or one of its affiliate sites. Be sure to use this code at checkout to get your discount!
This discount code expires 3/31/2016.
By the way, ArtistWebsites.com and pixels.com are both part of Fine Art America, a print-on-demand service that I have been using for several years to produce high-quality fine art prints of my work. So you can find my art on any of these sites and you can trust all of them to provide you with high-quality prints and excellent service. All three sites sell prints, greeting cards, throw pillows, duvet covers, tote bags, and shower curtains but you can only purchase phone cases, and apparel on ArtistWebsites.com and pixels.com, though that may change in the future.
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