Muley Doe… a Deer a Female Deer

A muley doe pauses at the treeline in Glacier Lake National Park in Montana. This was one of my first encounters with wildlife. Moments like this are like gifts from God and nature.

A gift of pristine wildlife standing still for a portrait at very close range.

muleydoe1Initially, the portrait starts with a pencil sketch drawn from my photograph.

Apply Washes to Doe

muleydoe2Next I begin to wash-in large areas, reaching more for correct values than finished colors. I actually squint my eyes to see where the darks and lights are. The areas kind of blur together and show up better that way. I have been fortunate to have taken classes from talented artists, and one that I have been inspired by is Stan Miller who teaches watercolor and that it is the values that are more important than the colors and he is so right!

muleydoe3Adding sky background and foliage along with some of the dark values to the doe face and eyes starts to show the personality that I envision.

Muley Doe Details

muleydoe4Things slow a bit as I work on the details of the deer. Focus is on the doe features and her background and I am being careful to leave white limbs from the tree behind.

Muleydoe5Progress is gradual as I add shadows to show where the tree trunk and limbs are, along with a ground tone wash to bring in a base for her to stand on. It is not good to have her floating above the ground.
muleydoe6Finally, I am getting more done as I add more details. First, some lights followed by some darks. Using an Azo Yellow, I am careful applying the final wash. The whole painting is brightened up with the final wash and the greenery and her fur now have a much better glow.

Muley Doe C192019
Muley Doe C192019 – 9″w x 12″h watercolor

Here she is, je suis fini!

A watercolor painting of a Glacier Lake National Park Muley Doe posing for the artist with her camera in the summer of 1990. Check out the beauty in this park. The picture was taken in the park at the top of Logan pass.

 

Celebrate, celebrate…

FIRST DAY BACK SKIING… in three years! YAHOOOOOO!

3 years ago, I had open heart surgery so skiing was put on hold for quite a while. Yesterday we went skiing and I am feeling so glad to be alive. Life is SO GOOD! When you find something that makes you smile just thinking about it – go for it YEAH!

beginning oil painting of 49 degree North mountaintop 49NpanoG4306

Thought you might like to see a favorite view I painted from time spent on the hill, here is a shot of the painting just started and then another of it finished. See more about a great mountain at, 49 Degrees North Ski Resort in Chewelah Washington.

Let it snow…

January 2016 it is snowing today and I thought a watercolor of snow would be appropriate to post. Yellowstone in the winter is the most amazing vacation memory I have with Pete. Really something worth doing. These Bison were walking so close to us I could not get a whole one in a picture frame.

Bison walking in the snow.

http://valeriewoelk.com/GALLERY/BisonYellowstoneL2211.html

TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS Day #10

ORIGINAL ART For that special person on your list at heavily discounted holiday prices…

Contact me here… or simply go to our website Valerie Woelk original art to see more pictures and descriptive information about today’s special or any other art you may want. There are many paintings available for immediate shipment or pickup.

Daisy Forest G1711 $95 (unframed), $195 (framed)

Forest path in a field of daisies

24″w x 18″h oils on canvas board. Oil rub-out technique of the Northwest forest with a floor covering of Shasta daisies.

 

TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS Day #5

ORIGINAL ART For that special person on your list at heavily discounted holiday prices…

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On The 5th Day of Christmas…

“Three Deer” J3002

Three deer, 2 does and a buck
The deer gazing at an approaching sound.

12″w x 9″h watercolor on WC paper. Watercolor of three American white tail deer, two bucks and a doe.

 

TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS Day #4

ORIGINAL ART For that special person on your list at heavily discounted holiday prices…

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On The 4th Day of Christmas…

“Shaka!” A105 oil painting- $75 (self framed)

Shaka!
Shaka Bruaddah!. This Hawaiian hand signal says it all. The very best.

21.75″w x 27.75″h x .75″t oil on board. Oil rub-out technique portrait of my son’s friend doing the Hawaiian hand signal, “Shaka” which means the very best!

It’s hard to fly like an eagle…surrounded by turkeys

turkeys out the windowWildlife Outside the Window

A whole flock of wild turkeys walking up the hill. I was working in the studio and looked out the window. Surprise!  One leads and the others follow exactly in the track of the one in front, they wrote the definition of the terms single file.

Rushing around getting the camera and sneaking the door open as quietly as I can, I start taking pictures. It is a trip to see so many wild turkeys walking in their little lines, one leads and the others follow.

turkeys outside walking in a line
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Have you ever heard that sing-along song….

The ants go marching one by one Hoorah, Hoorah
The ants go marching one by one Hoorah, Hoorah
The ants go marching one by one
the first one stops to suck his thumb
The ants go marching one by one Hoorah, Hoorah

The ants go marching two by two Hoorah, Hoorah

I think someone screwed up and put the wrong animal in there, which is obviously a mistake, as it seems much more appropriate for turkeys in the wild!

turkeys outside wildlife
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I am not really happy about this daily trek of the feathered clan in our area, because it means that my garden just got raided. When I go down there to pick today I will find tomatoes hanging on the vine that have been mysteriously cored and all the guts eaten out of them.All the low ripe tomatoes hang there innocent but empty inside. They like the seeds in the juicy insides.  Ripe berries at low levels will be gone, just magically missing when they were there only the afternoon before.

Guess what, my dog is just sitting outside on the deck watching them like, no problem, hi guys. He is a great guard dog, NOT!

turkeys outside walking
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It is at times like this that I remember unimportant information like, Thomas Jefferson wanted the turkey for the national bird didn’t he? Oh, now I got to Google that. Curiosity of the creative mind in action. Check this answer out…

Flying with Turkeys or Eagles?

What an interesting story, I didn’t remember learning all of that in school. Where ever we grow up and what is being taught at that time there greatly affects our education.

outside turkeys going into trees
turkeys 05
turkeys walking outside
turkeys 06

 

I’m not sure how many turkeys are there walking up the side of our property, but it was more than a dozen. Couldn’t get the camera before they were already heading up the hill so there were probably a lot more than shown in these shots.
Gobble, Gobble, Gobble!

Wild turkeys on parade, it really must be getting close to Thanksgiving huh?