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Most of the orange grasses in the background were made by scratching through the paint (sgraffito) back to the orange undertone. I also scratched through in the water in several areas. My new favorite palette now is: titanium zinc white, cadmium yellow hansa (or light), cadmium red vermillion, quinacridone magenta, phthalo blue (new – I eliminated sevres blue), and ultramarine blue. I like the simplicity of just 5 colors plus white.
A Great Blue Heron hunting. Photo included. I got a bit more wild with the colors : )
Don’t miss the white egret on the right. He kept moving away from the Great Blue.
The driver of our tour bus shouted “Caribou ahead!” and we all reached for our cameras! What a stroke of luck that I was sitting on the left side of the bus and had THE perfect view as the beast ambled by!
A very quick sketch. I’m not sure how to depict these antlers – they are so interwoven. This was my favorite thing in Fairbanks. I just did not find the town that interesting and we were sorry we spent an extra night there before meeting up with our group to begin the trip. Our hotel was a little ways outside of town and not near anything in walking distance. We had to take the hotel shuttle everywhere. The driver was very nice but, a bit down on the place and said that alcoholism is a real problem. He was not a native, though, and I can see where winter would drive you crazy in this place. We had long days there — it didn’t get dark until 11 PM! If you talked to the shuttle driver who was native, you got rave reviews for the place. I still don’t understand how they survive the cold and dark of winter, though.
One more of Domino… just a quick, fun study.
oil on archival panel
© Anita C. Miller 2013
When my husband and I visited Oahu recently, this gorgeous Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle came up on the beach. We were about the first people to see him and I got a few photos before the naturalist roped off the area. It was interesting to learn that this particular turtle often comes ashore to rest on this beach. Such a special moment to see this creature in the wild!
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This beautiful creature inspired my most recent painting. We got to see him up close
before an area was roped off to keep people away.
a pair of Sandhill cranes at Volo Bog (not far from Chicago).
11″ x 14″ ” ‘Blue’ Lab”
11″ x 14″ “Got Carrots?”
This is a small quick oil sketch I did some time ago. I’m thinking a big canvas with many repeating bird shapes might be fun…a migration theme.
That reminds me, a few winters ago, I was fortunate to travel to New Mexico to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. My husband and I witnessed thousands of migrating sandhill cranes, Arctic geese and other birds. The birds travel here and stay through the winter. When they come in to land or take off–huge numbers of them all at once–the sight is awesome. This is a magnificent place to visit if you are a nature lover.