Something Fishy

Something Fishy

Something Fishy is a 10″ x 7″ watercolor on Fabriano extra white hot press watercolor paper.  Omar Rayyan kindly provided the paper to me to try out at DragonCon. It’s smooth, bright surface is a challenge to my usual procedure as the pooled watercolor drifts and dries differently.

What’s In Yer Wallet

 Whats in yer Wallet

What’s In Yer Wallet is a 12″ x 9″ watercolor on Arches Cold Press paper. Begun on my travels to the Beaufort Pirate Invasion and completed at DragonCon.  The reference came from a photo session in my studio some years ago when I was gathering research for a National Geographic illustration.

Extra Large Prints Available

New to the Maitz & Wurts Web Store is a an extra large print category. A full 24 inch capacity on the sort dimension is available as an onsite click purchase option. Most images are approximately 24 inches wide by 30 inches tall with a white border. All are signed in graphite. These selections are shipped in a tube using first class postage.

My Prince Hath Croaked

My Prince Hath Croaked

” My Prince Hath Croaked”   an oil 15″ x 10″ began out as a field study as well at a spot found about a mile from my studio. While I worked, an otter bounced past me and splashed through the water in the foreground and into the culvert behind the figure.  I had a photo shoot with a model soon after beginning the painting and one of the poses struck me as a perfect addition to the scene.

 

Flight of the Pixie

Flight of the Pixie

This 11″ x 14″ oil painting was begun several years ago as an exercise during an art Master Class I experienced. The premise was to sketch a scene on location, then use it later as a setting which would include a featured wild life subject. I recently decided this field painting would be perfect backdrop for a different sort of wild life experience. These on location,  or plein air paintings, add authenticity not found using photo research in a studio environment.

Pirate Portrait invades ARC 2012/2013 Salon

Quicksilver

Quicksilver 24″X 18″ oil on linen has been juried into the Art Renewal Center’s 2012 /2013 International Salon Competition. The Art Renewal Center encourages traditional realist art through their annual international competition, publications, website and sponsorships. The purpose of this portrait is to present the imaginative idea that an artist, me, had been captured by pirates, along with painting supplies. So with a little imagination, what would have resulted if a portrait painter were captured at sea and continued to practice his art in captivity?  Dutch painter, Frans Hals, was known to frequent public houses and painted several cavaliers in the same era as pirates were plundering in the new world.

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