Sunday, March 21, 2010

Tundra Swans

This is unbelievable to me. Look at these swans. They are Tundra Swans. At least I think that they are. I put in a close up photo too. They were so beautiful and there was flock in a farmers field. Its the one time I wished I had a telephoto lens with me. It was just north of Waupun Wisconsin.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Radishes part2

Ok, I was desperately ignoring a certain radish post, hoping that I wouldn't have to explain that the painting, um, didn't work out so well.
Those babies were murky, dense, uncooperative as subjects, and downright obstinate when it came to posing. Luckily, they were much more suited to being stuffed between two pieces of bread and eaten for lunch. However, I did start on another version, hoping to make more sense of things and this time they became white radishes and make a little better showing, I think.
I am going to try and post it below, but that usually doesn't work, so the new painting is (probably) up above somewhere. Totally out of my control, btw.
I think it'll work this time. On the other hand I always think that.
On the third hand.... I kinda like the red radishes too. I was having such a hard time with the background, it all just started looking like a giant mud puddle. Maybe I could work a solution for the red radishes that wouldn't fall apart on me.

Friday, March 12, 2010


This is done with Adobe Illustrator. It's harder to learn than Photoshop, but your payoff is very
rewarding. Here is another link.

Thursday, March 11, 2010


I can't believe its been over a month since I posted. Time just flew by. This is a start for a new still life of radishes. I've been working on better starts, ones that didn't seem so stiff to me, something more painterly. I am pretty happy with this one. Over at YouTube, painter Jos van Riswick has a video of a radish being painted. And of course there are always radish recipes like this one here.

Its Spring!

I found these in a garden center, nestled in the Astilbe.