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.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
The Blonde Bear etc.
This is the latest painting, a blonde, Brown Bear, 11x14". This is another re-make of a painting originally painted in 2005. I disliked the first version so much that I never even photographed it. Something about the basic composition does not quite work. I did my best to fix that.
This is a scan of the painting, rather than a photo. I was trying to make the painting glow with the light of a slightly hazy day. The blue of the water is not quite as bright as what the scan recreated.
Once upon a time I painted with much tighter brush strokes. I can no longer constrain my brush in such a meticulous way. Remember that this photo is bigger than the actual head, which is only about an inch and a half wide in life.
I'll flesh this post out with some older tropical paintings that I have posted before. This is a 12x9" painting of parrots visiting a clay lick in Peru. This was a very popular painting.
An 11x14" painting of a Bay-headed Tanager. I only wish this painting was as popular as the former.
Bay-headed Tanagers live in Central, and northern South America. In life, they are stunningly beautiful. This bird deserves a better effort on my part.
16 x12" Laughing Falcon. I really like the setting for this raptor, but the bird does'nt match the background. I especially messed up it's feet. It is set in Costa Rica, and I did see Laughing Falcons there.
Leaving the Neotropics, this is a 10x8" Cape Sugarbird from South Africa.
A Splendid Fairy Wren from down under. I seriously want to see one of these birds someday, hopefully soon.