New bird paintings in oil paint on stretched linen are coming soon! Here are photos of a couple with the first layer down. I do several layers to give them a rich and deep effect. The Belgian linen costs five times the price of premium cotton canvas. But it's extremely archival with a beautiful weave and fine texture. I really love it and think you will too. After the first layer dries in a few days, I will add the next layer. Stay tuned for more pictures and available paintings soon.
I am starting another group of paintings on exotic and other hardwoods like cherry and maple. The secret to seeing the wood is a clear gesso. It allows the wood to be painted on while seeing some of the wood grain underneath. Look for another blog post with some of the new paintings soon!
Which birds do you want me to paint? I paint a lot of North American birds because it's my home. But I love painting many birds from all over the world. I love songbirds because they are so cute and fat and sweet. I've been painting more kinds of birds like geese, owls, seabirds and more. I'm opened to suggestions and would love to hear from you!