The purpose of this blog is to show off John Lofgreen's Alaskan world through his wildlife art and nature photography. It will explain his painting techniques, and report on his latest activities including exotic journeys around the world.
This is what I have been working on for the last few weeks. It is an 11x14" acrylic of a Short-eared Owl. The mood and lighting are typical of the drab light, and rich, earthy colors of Alaska in the fall. I know that the depiction of chaotic grasses and weeds are not the most aesthetically pleasing subject matter for paintings, but I am compelled to return to this theme again and again.
This painting seemed to take forever, and I still wanted to build up the vegetation even more, but I had to stop somewhere.
In earlier years I used to paint with much finer detail, but now I no longer bother.
Since I'm on the theme of weedy fields, I'll include some earlier paintings with grasses and weeds. This is an 11x14" Golden-crowned Sparrow.
Lark Sparrow, 11x14"
Lincoln Sparrow, 12x16"
White-crowned Sparrow, 9x12". Judging by how my sparrow paintings sell, I'm the only one who likes sparrow paintings. I did sell two paintings yesterday, Painted Mud, and Raven Talk.