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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Chilly Little Penguin Original Oil Painting

I thought I'd show you my newest finished painting.  I call it Chilly Little Penguin. 
Chilly Little Penguin
5x7 oil available at my Etsy shop
This is an African Penguin, also known as a (Blackfooted or Jackass penguin), I know, weird, right?  
There are 17 - 20 different kinds of penguins, apparently there's a debate on exactly how many.  Penguins are non flying, aquatic birds and spend half of their life in the ocean.  They use their 'wings' as flippers and usually live on uninhabited islands where there are no predators, at least that's what one site said.  Penguins feed on krill, squid, fish and other forms of sealife that they catch while they are swimming. Yum!
I just think they're cute.  

Have a great day,

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Penguin Painting

Wow, its been a long time since I blogged.  Lets see if I can get back into the habit. 
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!
Over Christmas, my 20 year old daughter went to California to spend time with my brother and his family.  She had a blast and took a LOT of pictures.  Of course, being such a sweetheart and supporter of my artwork, she encourages me to use her photos.  I have always wanted to do a penguin painting, but could never get a decent enough photo because of the glass being dirty or whatever at zoos.  Jessica got some great shots, and this is the first of several that I am going to do.  It's an 8x10 oil on stretched canvas, stapled on the back.  I call it Penguins.  I know, very creative title, right:? : ) 
Reference photo by Jessica Thour.

I'm not sure if I'm done fiddling with it or not.  Am anxious to start on my next one, which I already have sketched out on the canvas.  Hoping to do that today.
You have a wonderful day, and if you live where it's cold, like I do, I pray you keep warm.  Brrrrrr