Days are starting to warm, and the sound of Spring is in the air..Canada Geese flew over the house yesterday and a jaunty Red Poll bird was just at the feeder. My paintings are warming up and the colors are changing as so goes the season.. I just finished my annual wholesale order for the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show..it was fun with lots of new pieces… Now I am doing some wolves..one of my favorite subjects to paint… This wolf is painted on a wonderful piece of jasper with copper in it. I named this the Copper Creek Wolf. It is going to travel to Gifted hands Gallery in Madrid New Mexico. If you have never visited Madrid, you are in for a real treat..it is quaint and full of history.. Chrysacolla is the canvas for this portrait of a wolf. This piece is sold . I enjoyed painting this wolf as the stone was the perfect compliment. New Mexico Wolf..painted on an earthy colored piece of Brazilian Agate..I imaged him living in the Sheep Springs Area of New Mexico..but then who knows, he could be in your back yard???? He is sold and will be living in a private collection in New Mexico. This is not a stone I would normally use for the canvass for this wolf, but the colors seemed to lend themselves nicely for the background as the seasons are changing..from the cold snow of winter to the beautiful colors of spring…this stone is Ocean Jasper and this piece is going to the gallery in Madrid..Gifted hands..
This is my time of year to reflect on the art work, check my supplies and get see what critters will be living on my stone canvasses.
Below is a new little guy…the friendly Beaver..
.He is painted on Picture Jasper and is ready to find a home to dwell in. Size is approximately 5″x7″ . $70.00. Includes easel. Beavers are really very interesting and comical animals to watch as they are always busy doing something either building dams, gnawing on trees or just splashing a round. After observing these little guys, I realize where the old saying came from…”Busy as a Beaver”.
This Bald Eagle is looking at what?? I will leave it to your imagination. He is painted on a piece of Red Jasper and will be wing it to Tucson Arizona to the Gem and Mineral Show at will be displayed at West Coast Gem and Mineral Gallery.
Play day in the snow..? Painted on Amethyst Sage and Chalcedony.This wolf piece is at home for the present time, at the Damselfly Galleries in Midtown Kentucky. Check out their website for a unique gallery.
Well I am off to the studio as I just received several boxes of new stone to paint on..like Christmas in January..Take care and my the Good Lord watch over and keep you in 2014…
Wow!! where has the summer gone..fall came so quickly this year, but when you are busy doing art shows, it makes for a short time frame.
Summer in Pagosa Country was cool and wet with lots of thunder storms during the shows. Thanks to all of you who came out and shared with all of the artists. You are appreciated.
In October the newly formed Pagosa Art Makers had a wonderful art show at the Pagosa Center for the Arts and Shy Rabbit. It was very professionally done with all sorts of arts, crafts and fabulous entertainment. Watch for the next show…it is amazing at the number of artists that call Pagosa home.
I have been putting in some long hours in the studio, but enjoying every minute creating wildlife on new and different stones. I love to look at the rock and say “I wonder who lives here”..
Fun time with the Chick-a-dee..This stone was the perfect canvas for this little clinging bird. They love to fly in and grab a sunflower seed from the feeder and take off and hide in the nearby Pine Tree in our front yard.
This is a special piece of Brazilian Agate that made a home for Wolves on a Snow Day. This piece was a labor of love and will be shown at the Xmas Baazar November 2 1013. Approximate size is 15″ oval.
It’s a wrap for the night, and snow is expected…Show time is November 2 at the Community Center in beautiful downtown Pagosa Springs. Next show is the Holiday Shopping Affaire at the Comfort Inn Suites, Pagosa.
I hope you enjoyed viewing some of my new paintings…look forward to seeing you soon..LIfe is good and I am so blessed by the Lord….
Yep, woke up to 4 inches of new snow and chicken feather flakes falling. It is definitely spring time in the Rocky Mountain State.
Tomato seedlings, peppers and herbs are now occupying my kitchen window sill and the green house is in shape ready to go ..already have lettuce and spinach up.
Today our bird feeders were packed with a surprise variety of birds from Common Red Polls, Sparrows, Juncos and Evening Grosbeaks. They were all taking turns..pretty funny to watch. On the ground we had Turtle Doves and of all things 4 big fat Robins..now that is a sure harbinger of Spring.
This painting on Brazilian Agate of a Prairie Falcon I spotted camouflaged in the branches of a group of Aspens near our county fairgrounds. This was fun piece to work. It is currently at home at Southwest Gallery in Downtown Pagosa.
Ravens are very plentiful here where I live and Springtime seems to bring them into the yard. This piece of sand stone was a perfect background for this Raven. Take time and observe these remarkable birds..They seem to be very intelligent and always on the lookout.
My newest water color with pen and ink. This is a painting of the American Avocets which migrate through our waterways in the springtime. They remind of sophisticated birds on stilts with their snooty up turned bills which allows them to scoop through the water in search of small fish and other critters. Wildlife near a pond is always rewarding although, sometimes the wait is long.
Hear the sweet sounds of a bird? If you are near a pond or lake, chances are it is a Redwing Blackbird. these birds can sing and sing, and melt your heart, so that you can forget about all the stress in life. I painted him with water colors and some pen and ink work.
November was my last post, then Christmas (busy doing shows), then along comes January, with bitterly dry cold winter weather, not much snow and finally we got reasonably normal in February. Spring is finally starting to arrive in Pagosa Country as the weather is warming and yesterday I saw a beautiful Blue Bird in mating colors, several Canada Geese, lots of Redwing Blackbirds and the most incredible sight..a magnificent Prairie Falcon, nestled in a barren Aspen tree. His colors blended so well, I almost missed him. I clicked my camera and got a shot of him and he is now started in a new painting on a piece of natural colored Brazilian Agate. I can’t wait to work on him tomorrow.
I spent some time this winter in honing up my pencil work, along with pen and ink with water color washes. I have a new line of pencil sketch wildlife art cards and have been enjoying a change of pace.
Now on to the new stone work…
This Loon is painted on a piece of Amethyst Sage and went to Tucson to the Gem and Mineral Show. I believe it has a new home at the Crystal Cache in Lakewood Colorado. This was a new challenge for me..I had never painted a loon..did them in pen and ink..
Well so much for paintings..I will be doing 5 shows here in Pagosa starting June 22/23, July 6/7, July 20/21, August 3/4 and August 31/September 1. Tentatively schedule to be at the Quality Inn ( same as last summer). Will be looking forward to seeing all of you this summer in Pagosa Country by the Lake.
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The air is crisp and cool, with the smell of wood smoke filling the air and the Rocky Mountains out my window are frosted with snow, like icing on a cake.
I have been busy with new paintings of wildlife and I even did a Hawaiian Butterfly fish on Amethyst from Creede Colorado.
This was my new experiment..pen and ink with a wash of acrylics handled like water colors, with a technique similar to Cezanne. This is available in a print and will be on my etsy store in a few days.
This was a delightful piece of Brazilian Agate to work with…lots of natural impressions in the stone, lending itself to rocks and vegetation found in nature. It was a perfect habitat for this bull elk.
Pagosa sported a great arts and craft show and it was a wrap for the winter…just in time before the snow flies..and the Christmas season hits with all the hustle and bustle.
Thanks to you all for reading my blog and following my art..lots of new ideas on board and look forward to venues…check my etsy store in the next few weeks as it should be up and running..http://www.etsy.com/shop/SylsWildlifeArt
August flew by with gardening, canning, painting and getting the wood in before winter.
I have been painting and doing some new pencil sketches which are featured on my Etsy Store at http://www.etsy.com/shop/SylsWildlifeArt along with prints of my original stone art work.
This is a new piece I did for the Denver Gem and Mineral Show. It is painted on stone called Seraphinite which comes from Russia and is usually associated with jewelry. As you can see, this stone is iridescent and has angel wings thoughout. It was a delight to paint on.
Loved this stone..have no clue what is is called, but made the perfect canvas for this Rainbow Trout.
This New Mexico Wolf is one of my pencil sketches and is available in 5×7″ prints, matted ready to frame, or framed in Old Barn Wood. Sometimes as artist’s we need to have a diversification and I have gone back to the pencil from whence my art career started.
While out cutting fire wood, the chipmunks were everywhere…so what would be more appropriate in pencil than these two busy little critters. Available in print …5×7″ matted, ready frame, or framed in Barn Wood.
Thanks for letting me share my art with you …I pray you all have had a great summer and are enjoying the fall season with its colors and changing landscape.
My work is shown locally here in Pagosa Springs at Southwest Elegance and Cowgirl Traders in Durango next to the train depot. Be sure to visit my etsy store at http://www.etsy.com/shop/SylsWildlifeArt. I will be adding new art work weekly..