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.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
A Remodel, a New Painting, and Other Goodies
Four or five years ago I painted this 16x20", Red Fox called, Daybreak on the Meadow. I liked it well enough but nobody else did.
This is the new version. The actual painting is not any darker than the original version.What I did was brighten up some highlights on the trees, and some of the grass. Then I lengthened the fox's snout by a bit, and thickened it's tail and haunch. The photos leaves something to be desired, but I think the painting looks much better.
Another inadequate photo. The painting looks better, but is still nothing to crow about. It is a 9x12" Vermilion Flycatcher, my newest painting.
Last evening I attended the Matsu Bird Club meeting. This is the view of the town after the meeting. As we were coming into the outskirts of Anchorage, we spotted a Grizzly Bear standing right next to the highway. We zipped past it before I was able to get a photo but it was a thrill none the less. The first Grizzly that I have seen in about a decade.
This morning I went back to the coastal trail to check out the migrating shorebirds. There were mostly just Hudsonian Godwits like the female above. There were four Short-billed Dowitchers as well. Other first of season birds for me were, White-crowned Sparrow, Tree Swallow, and Yellow-rumped Warbler.
When the tide is too high, it causes the birds to disperse. Today I timed it just right to get fairly close to the godwits. This is a male in prime breeding colors.
Another male, Hudsonian Godwit. I shot well over a hundred photos of godwits today.
Besides the many godwits, I saw some yellowlegs. This is a Greater Yellowlegs in prime breeding plummage.
Today at Westchester, there were not many Common goldeneyes, but I did see a few pairs of Barrow's Goldeneyes.
This is possibly the best photo that I have gotten of a pair of Barrow's Goldeneyes. They will clear out of here in a short while to get down to raising a family.