Tag Archives: bird

Contemporary bird painting “Be Yourself”

contemporary bird painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Be Yourself,” acrylic, 12″ x 24″ x 3/4″

“Be Yourself”  sold_dot sold
by Carolee Clark
12″ x 24″ x 3/4″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

I did a painting a week or so ago of three birds (budgies) called “Harmonizing” and really liked it so I wanted to do it a little larger.  Susan and Charley gifted me a 12″ x 24″ canvas which I thought would be perfect for a line of birds.

The name “Be Yourself” is a reflection of the one bird facing away.  He is acting a little different and looks a little different from everyone else.  I happen to think this is a good thing.

Contemporary painting of birds “Harmonizing”

contemporary painting of birds by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Harmonizing,” acrylic, 10″ x 10″

Harmonizing”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″ x 3/4″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Contemporary painting of a chicken “Big Blue”

contemporary painting of a chicken by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Big Blue,” acrylic, 10″ x 10″

“Big Blue”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″ x 3/4″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

It is amazing how many paintings one can get from one site visit!  This is the fourth painting from the Boston Mill/Thompson Mill park I visited in late June of this year.  Although several of the landscapes were started on site, not surprisingly these chickens moved too quickly for me to paint them. I took some photographs and worked from those.

I was sitting on a low stool and this chicken came right up to me.  Even though I could have reached down and touch it I didn’t want to alarm the bird and have it turn on me!

Contemporary bird painting “Tuft Fellow”

contemporary bird painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Tuft Fellow,” acrylic, 10″ x 10″

“Tuft Fellow”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″ x 3/4″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

THANK YOU!
I wanted to thank everyone for coming out to see my work at the Clothesline Sale of Art yesterday.  I had great comments, sales and conversations.   I sincerely thank you all!

I know that some of you who live too far away would have liked to be there and wished me well.  Thank you as well.  It helps!

Contemporary painting of birds, “Sing Me a Duet”

contemporary bird painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Sing Me a Duet,” acrylic, 12″ x 12″ x 1.5″

“Sing Me a Duet”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
12″ x 12″ x 1.5″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

My friend, Donna, gifted me a “Yes!” canvas which is a very smooth canvas that accepts any kind of wet media.  Since I used heavy body acrylic paint in the manner in which I usually paint, the thing I noticed the most was its smooth surface.  I think that watercolorists that want to work on canvas would love it.  Perhaps I should have experimented a little more and used thinned acrylic to get a washy, watercolor kind of look.  Next time!  (Thanks Donna!).

 

Contemporary animal painting of an owl “Mouse Trap

contemporary owl painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Mouse Trap,” acrylic, 10″ x 10″

“Mouse Trap”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″ x 3/4″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

A few weeks ago Carol Marine brought to my attention the Morgue File, which is a database full of photos which can be used for free.  I am drooling when I tell you that there are some pretty incredible high resolution photos.  This is where I got the reference photo for this painting of this Great Horned Owl.

Contemporary bird painting “In Flight”

contemporary bird painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “In Flight,” acrylic, 10″ x 10″

“In Flight”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″ x 3/4″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Can you believe that I found this bird on Google Street view?  When in Venice, paint the birds 🙂  Okay, it isn’t a high resolution image, but in this case I was happy to work with the bird shape.  At first I thought it must be a crow because it was all black, but its shape wasn’t right.  I think it is a pigeon.  Click here to see the beautiful scene I ignored in order to paint the shape of a bird.

As many of you know I often paint from Google Maps street view.  Google generously allows artists to use these views as reference for painting or drawing without copyright infringement.

“Precociously Put,” contemporary bird painting

contemporary bird painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Precociously Put,” acrylic, 10″ x 10″

“Precociously Put”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″ x 3/4″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Precocial birds are those that have young that hatch fluffy and mobile (like killdeer, chickens and ducks).  The photo I used as reference was of a killdeer, thus my strange title for this painting.  Thanks to L. for use of the photo!

The photo below is from Beata who owns several of my bird paintings.  I thought she did a great job framing them in white.  They really pop and look great in this room.  Thanks Beata!

© Beata M.

© Beata M.

“Little Bird,” contemporary painting with flower and hummingbird

contemporary painting by Carolee Clark of hummingbird and flower

© Carolee Clark, “Little Bird,” acrylic, 10″ x 10″

“Little Bird”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″ x 3/4″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Thank you to L. who allows me to paint from her photographs!

“Into the Looking Glass,” contemporary expressionistic bird painting

expressionistic contemporary bird painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Into the Looking Glass,” acrylic, 10″ x 10″

“Into the Looking Glass”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

This little hawk had just flown into my window.  I heard a loud thump and then saw a flash by the window.  She was sitting in the tree so I took a photo.

“Raven Resilience,” contemporary expressionistic painting of a raven

expressionistic painting of a raven by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Raven Resilience,” acrylic, 10″ x 10″

“Raven Resilience”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

News:

Well the Clothesline Sale was successful.  It was cold in the morning and I was bundled up with as many clothes as I had with me but by the end of the day it was 85 degrees and beautiful under the shade of the trees.

Thank you so much for coming by, chatting and buying my work!

A couple of photos to follow:

"Clothesline Sale" 2013

“Clothesline Sale” 2013

"Clothesline Sale" 2013

“Clothesline Sale” 2013

“Beach Bum,” expressionistic abstracted bird painting

contemporary abstracted bird painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Beach Bum,” acrylic, 10″ x 10″

“Beach Bum”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Other News:

I am now represented by Ryan Gallery in Lincoln City in Oregon. This is a wonderful gallery with a selection of contemporary and funky art work.  It is located in a beautiful building and is a definite must see while traveling through Lincoln City.  It is on the northern edge of the city on Hwy 101 so don’t miss it!

Ryan Art Gallery

Ryan Art Gallery

“Paint Me Proud,” contemporary abstracted bird painting

contemporary abstracted bird painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Paint Me Proud,” acrylic, 10″ x 10″

“Paint Me Proud”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

“You Singin’ to Me?” contemporary expressionistic bird painting

contemporary expressionistic bird painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “You Singin’ to Me?”, acrylic, 10″ x 10″

“You Singin’ to Me?  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Daily Painting, “Perky & Poised,” expressionistic painting of a bird (gull)

expressionistic painting of a bird by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Perky & Poised,” 10″ x 10″, acrylic

“Perky & Poised”    sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

This painting was done in response to the “Bird Challenge” DPW challenge posted by Carol Marine.

Daily Painting, “A Deep Bow,” expressionistic bird painting

expressionistic painting of a bird by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “A Deep Bow,” 10″ x 10″, acrylic

“A Deep Bow” 
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Daily Painting, “Double the Fun,” contemporary bird painting

contemporary bird painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Double the Fun,” 10″ x 10″, acrylic

“Double the Fun”    sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Other News:
The Clothesline Sale of Art was very successful even though the temperature reached 100° which is rare here in the Willamette Valley.  I want to thank everyone who came to view my art, visit and purchase my paintings!  Below is a photo of the “clothesline” on which we display our work.  Not pictured is the large six painting easel where I display larger work.

Clothesline Sale of Art 2012

Daily Painting, “Finding Her Voice,” contemporary figure painting

contemporary figure painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Finding Her Voice,” 10″ x 10″, acrylic

“Finding Her Voice”    sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Below is the sketch that I did the other day.   You can see that I drew outside of the lines 🙂  I knew right away that I would make a painting from this.

© Carolee Clark, sketch for “Finding Her Voice”

Daily Painting, “Identifiable Plumage,” expressionism painting of bird

expressionism painting of bird by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Identifiable Plumage,” 10″ x 10″, acrylic

“Identifiable Plumage”    sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Daily Painting, “Will You Share?” farmyard chickens

painting of chickens by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, "Will You Share?" 10" x 10", acrylic

“Will You Share?”    sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

The reference photograph for this painting was provided by the wonderful professional photographer, Katie Johnson.  She has only had her blog since September 2011 and she already has over 885 followers!  She is showing some wonderful photographs that people (including me), like to see.  Click here for her blog.

© Carolee Clark

Daily Painting, “Preening,” abstracted parrot painting

abstracted parrot painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, "Preening," 10" x 10", acrylic

“Preening”    sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Alisha B. Whitman sent me a photo of this parrot a while back when I asked if anyone had any bird photographs they were willing to let me use for reference material.   Check out her blog as she has a great landscape painting of trees with a super sky posted right now.

I’d love to see your high resolution, small bird photographs if you would give me your permission to paint from them!

© Carolee Clark

Daily Painting, “Elaborately Dressed,” abstract bird painting

abstract bird painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Elaborately Dressed,” 10″ x 10″, acrylic

“Elaborately Dressed”    sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Daily Painting, “Avian Distinction,” abstracted bird painting

abstract bird painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, "Avian Distinction," 10" x 10", acrylic

“Avian Distinction”    sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Daily Painting, “Winged,” contemporary abstracted bird painting

bird painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Winged,” 10″ x 10″, acrylic

“Winged”    sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Daily Painting, “Attracting Attention,” abstracted peacock

abstracted bird painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, "Attracting Attention," 10" x 10", acrylic

“Attracting Attention”    sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

A while back I asked if anyone had some bird photographs they were willing to let me use for reference material for my paintings.  Alisha B. Whitman sent me some “simple” bird photos of peacocks and cranes.  I still might have to try a crane …

Check out Alisha’s beautiful watercolor paintings by clicking here.