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Saturday, September 13, 2008

New Painting; Louisiana's State Bird

"Brown Pelican"
10x8" acrylic on canvasboard
1st Place (acrylic division,) St. Tammany Parish Fair Art Show, October, 2008.

38 comments:

Travis Erwin said...

Amazing. Looks like a photograph.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Gosh I shouldn't come here and I don't need to see paintings -- not even acrylics. I sometimes get inspired and think about the old days when my time, except eating, drinking, sleeping, working and sex, was spent at an easel or a drawing board with turpentine, linseed oils and gobs of brushes harder than nails with dried paint. I read your comment and popped over and while I know the problems with painting some birds, I think it also depends on how much detail you are going to put in. I like your Brown Pelican and I am sure I will like you Blue Jay. I don't know how many thousand Blue Jay pictures I have but a lot. And I suppose your model could be in there.

Birdfreak said...

gorgeous, stunning work!

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

That is one cool pelican.

Vwriter said...

Lana you are the most amazingly talented and productive person I have never yet met. If you and Charles ever decide you'd like to visit scenic Detroit, Stewart and I will gladly drive you around and carry your bags.

letspaintnature.com said...

What a terrific bird in flight! You really got it down, the feathers and wing position! Great job.

Shauna Roberts said...

Another great bird picture. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Erik Donald France said...

Very cool. This keeps reminding me (as have some in the past) of early explorers seeing things for the first time and painting what they see for audiences who never got to see the real thing.

Awesome.

JR's Thumbprints said...

Most birds-in-flight paintings that I've seen don't show the wings in a downward motion; nice representation, and unique.

Charles Gramlich said...

This is gorgeous, and so amazing that it's the very first pelican you've ever done.

Sidney said...

Wow, another great one. I love the pelican.

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

I thought it was a photograph at first!!! How realistic and beautiful, Lana.

Hugs, JJ

Lana Gramlich said...

All; Thanks much! I like how this one came out, too.
Some of my readers are familiar with my "Great Blue Heron" painting. In the comments on that post Charles & I mentioned a possible "series" of these kinds of images (birds on white backgrounds.) You could say that this painting represents the second of that "series."

Abe; I appreciate the offer, but most local art outlets will only accept such paintings if they originate solely from the artist's efforts (which is why I have one of my blue jay photos already in mind.) I have quite a few art events coming up, but when things quiet down again (& I have more time for "just for fun,") I may pop over & see what you have that might work for me, if that's okay.
Have you ever posted any of your paintings or sketches anywhere? I'd love to see them!

erik; See my reply to "all," above.

Theresa H. Hall said...

I like it. Great detail on the wings.

Drowsey Monkey said...

Wow! You're very talented :)

The detail is amazing.

K. Fields said...

Beautiful!
You should visit Alaska, you would have a field day with the beautiful wildlife to paint here.
You are a very talented person. I can't paint a lick, but I so enjoy seeing what others can do..
Awesome!

Lana Gramlich said...

theresa & drowsey; Thanks much! I almost hate to put this one up for sale...

Lana Gramlich said...

k. fields; Thanks. I used to live in Canada, but I would love to see Alaska someday...Preferably during the Summer! *L*

Jaffer said...

Wow ! It looks so realistic ! Beautiful.

Lisa said...

Such a beautiful painting, Lana ~ the details are stunning, and I just love the subject!

laughingwolf said...

ab fab, lana... i really like it :)

timethief said...

Gorgeous. :)

Steve Malley said...

Dang, you're good!

We're getting some lovely sun out here, so I just might go on outside and paint me a giant robot...

Steve Malley said...

By which I mean a picture of a giant robot. Not, you know, the giant robot itself.

Hard enough getting the damn thing to hold still long enough for the picture!

Anne said...

Lana, he is BEAUTIFUL! You're so very talented.

Lana Gramlich said...

Thanks, everyone! I appreciate all the input I can get. :)

Steve; Is that what they're calling it these days..."painting the robot?" ;) *LOL*

roentarre said...

Wow, you have done well with this painting. Beautiful post

Natural said...

awesome painting Lana!

Ello said...

Lana! That is awesome! Simply beautiful! You are so talented!

Lana Gramlich said...

Thanks, ello! I appreciate it. :)

Michelle (artscapes) said...

Wow.... Stunning job!

Lana Gramlich said...

michelle; Thanks! That means a lot, coming from you. ;)

photonz said...

I like the pelican, always enjoy seeing them when I'm in North Carolina. The painting has a nice symplicity to it compositionally. I also like the limited color palette.

Paul

Lana Gramlich said...

Paul; Thanks much. :) They're really cool birds. They were seriously endangered here in Louisiana, but they've made a comeback!

Barbara Martin said...

Very nice! You've got the angle of the head and wings which makes it very lifelike.

Lana Gramlich said...

Thanks, barbara. I usually start from the bird's head & work down the body, but in this case I went the opposite way. I'm glad it came out as well as it did, myself. :)

JOSEPH GELB said...

that is an excellent picture

Lana Gramlich said...

joseph; Thanks much--I appreciate the input. Ironically it was just rejected from an art show yesterday. Who can figure out the art world, anyway?

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