New Paintings Out and About

A busy April has kept me glued to my easel for the most part.  An update with a collection of new paintings that are out and about to open at their respective venues.  Please click on each piece to see their location where they will be on view.

The second photo gallery shows the Earth Day/Hatch Day Celebration quick draw of Angel at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN.  The final painting is being donated to the Eagle Center and will be used in a future fundraising event for them.

 

 


 

Peek in the Studio – April 1, 2014

A quick post with some new works.. Currently available from the studio, but will be off to other venues if not reserved.

Checking Things Out - Wolf Puppy,  Opaque & transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, 6in x 8in, ©Rebecca Latham

Checking Things Out – Wolf Puppy,  Opaque & transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, 6in x 8in, ©Rebecca Latham

Momentary Pause - Wolf Puppy,  Opaque & transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, 6in x 8in, ©Rebecca Latham

Momentary Pause – Wolf Puppy,  Opaque & transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, 6in x 8in, ©Rebecca Latham

Blue and Gold - Barn Owl I,  Opaque & transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, 5in x 7in, ©Rebecca Latham

Blue and Gold – Barn Owl I,  Opaque & transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, 5in x 7in, ©Rebecca Latham

Blue and Gold - Barn Owl II,  Opaque & transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, 5in x 7in, ©Rebecca Latham

Blue and Gold – Barn Owl II,  Opaque & transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, 5in x 7in, ©Rebecca Latham

For a little extra bonus, a gallery of new/updates on in-progress pieces in sepia stage to preview:

New Pieces in the Studio

What’s been going on recently in the studio?

Many new paintings and a bin of nearly completed works that aren’t quite cooperating with me enough to be finished (that or I’m being too picky).  Either way.. hopefully there will be a collection completed soon.  In the mean time, here is a gallery of new works as they began..

Also, watch my other blog for an upcoming post on some recent outings to see wildlife..

 

Art Question Roundup

wpid-img_20150107_145423.jpgSepia watercolor on board of a new wolf painting in progress, ©Rebecca LathamSepia watercolor on board of a new wolf painting in progress, ©Rebecca Latham

 

Kim B.Do you give lessons??? I already do some painting, but no where near as good as you!! Love your work

Thank you, Kim. I’m sorry, but for the time being I don’t teach (or have much in the way of teaching material).  I usually recommend my first workshop instructor, Terry Isaac, for those wanting direction.  I studied with him as a teenager in Montana.

Thom F. D. - Beautiful work! Just out of curiosity, how many hours of work is that? Stunning!

Pik A. - Amazing. About how many hours did this take?

Ann L. - I love everything you paint and share. Thank you so much for sharing your work. I am always amazed. Does it take you very long to do a painting? I would love to sit by your side and learn.

Pat G. - How much time did it take to paint this? Just curious

Samantha L. -How long did it take you to paint like that? I’m an artist and I doubt know how to paint but want to learn to do it like that lol. Very beautiful.

Samantha L. - How long does it take you to draw an 11×8 ? Then how long does it take to paint it? Do you use references or are these out of your head? :)

Hi Samantha, Pat, Ann, Pik, and Thom.  It really varies.  It all depends on complexity and how much everything cooperates.  Most of the time I couldn’t say in total – often it progresses as ‘paint a little and set it aside for a while’ sessions and I work on dozens to hundreds at a time.

I do observe the subjects I paint in person.  I bring rocks and grass into my studio.  I find that if I make them up or fake something out of my head, it looks like it.. and if I’m not true to my subject or nature I feel that I have not properly represented the subject I’m painting.

My quick draw/live paint was 3 hours, but not everything goes so quick.  (And, I doubt I could keep up that pace for long). ..plus I usually like to polish them up a bit more.  Thank you.

Robert A. - Amazing. I’m curious. I know you go out into the field to take reference photos. Did you see this little one ? Lol. I just can’t get over viewing your works and the pleasure I get seeing them.

Robert – I do if at all possible.  I did see the little kitten you are referring to and being out in the field is my favorite part of being a wildlife artist.  Painting something you’ve seen tends to lead to a better painting in my experience.  I also notice that while painting it I relive the experience I had in observing it, the light, the feeling, etc.  Thank you.

Sudhir B. - Im ur greatest fan.Where could I see ur painting vdos?

I don’t have a lot of videos out right now, but those that are can be seen on my YouTube channel – http://youtube.com/user/rebeccalatham

Elizabeth B. - IS that really a water color?

Carolyn E. P. - Do you use just watercolor?

Hi Elizabeth and Carolyn.  Yes, opaque and transparent watercolor.  I often have people mistake them for oils and even correct my paperwork to that effect.  Every now and then I take a wet cloth to one I’m working on and wipe an area off down to the blank board to prove it. :)

Dodi G. H. - You paint beautifully!! What ‘board’ do you use? Illustration board? It works very well!

Thank you, Dodi.  Yes, I use hotpress illustration board for almost everything.  The smooth surface makes it possible to do all of the detail work in my paintings.  Occasionally I will also use ivorine, a man made substitute ivory surface that behaves in a similar way, but not too often.

Deeptiman A. - Superb !! You draw background first or in the last

It usually happens, painting wise, in the middle to end.  If it’s something complex, I like to have it mapped out a bit.  If it’s fairly simple, or I changed my mind from what I had started, I wing it.  Thank you.

Jose D. T. - ¿ Vendes alguno ?…GRACIAS     Are selling any?… Thank you

Darlene R. L. - You do beautiful work! So detailed & alive! Do you ever sale your work?

Hi Jose and Darlene.  Yes. Most that are available at the moment are represented by my galleries with many having a catalog of the paintings they are showing posted online. You can contact the venues directly for information (listed here – http://lathamstudios.com/rebecca/galleries/ ).  When I have new work available from the studio I have new posts in my blog about their release.  Thank you.

Linn E. H. - It is wonderful. How and where do you add the silver and gold? Never heard that you can do that

Thank you, Linn.  I like to add silver to the lights to lead the eye through the painting a little more through the light areas. The gold is often added to the gold toned areas of the piece to give a little extra glow. I do, however, try to make these accents very subtle – I don’t want my pieces to be blatantly precious metals.. but rather complimented by them and perhaps never actually noticed.  I have an article about the silver and gold usage here – http://lathamstudios.com/rebecca/2014/01/sterling-silver-and-24kt-gold/

Crenna B. - Do u do paintings for fundraisers? I am a wildlife rehabber and have a non profit org. I believe your artwork would be a great hit with our wildlife friends

 Hi Crenna. Yes, I do when my schedule allows. Usually I prefer to do a quick draw/live paint such as this one -https://www.facebook.com/rebeccalathamart/photos/pb.45088025229.-2207520000.1420996827./10154838961635230/

 

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Peek in the Studio – June 4, 2014

New releases for this week..

Look Behind You - Fawn,  Opaque & transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, 6in x 6in, ©Rebecca Latham

Look Behind You – Fawn,  Opaque & transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, 6in x 6in, ©Rebecca Latham

Pond Crossing - Canada Geese,  Opaque & transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, 6in x 8in, ©Rebecca Latham

Pond Crossing – Canada Geese,  Opaque & transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, 6in x 8in, ©Rebecca Latham

Peek in the Studio – May 21, 2014

Peek in the studio releases for this week…

Pause - American Badger,  Opaque & transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, 8in x 10in, ©Rebecca Latham

Pause – American Badger,  Opaque & transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, 8in x 10in, ©Rebecca Latham

The Nest Builder - Black Crowned Night Heron,  Opaque & transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, 14in x 14in, ©Rebecca Latham

The Nest Builder – Black Crowned Night Heron,  Opaque & transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, 14in x 14in, ©Rebecca Latham

Peek in the Studio – May 14, 2014

Looking Back - Wolf,  Opaque & transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, 9in x 11in, ©Rebecca Latham

Looking Back – Wolf,  Opaque & transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, 9in x 11in, ©Rebecca Latham

Resting - Wolf,  Opaque & transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, 12in x 18in, ©Rebecca Latham

Resting – Wolf,  Opaque & transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, 12in x 18in, ©Rebecca Latham

Peek in the Studio – May 7, 2014

Peek in the studio this week..

Early Light - Wolf,  watercolor & sterling silver, 10in x 11in, ©Rebecca Latham

Early Light – Wolf,  watercolor & sterling silver, 10in x 11in, ©Rebecca Latham

Maryland Black Bear Conservation Stamp

Guardian - Black Bear, 8in x 10in, opaque and transparent watercolor on board, ©Rebecca LathamGuardian – Black Bear, 8in x 10in, opaque and transparent watercolor on board, ©Rebecca Latham

I am pleased to post that the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife & Heritage Service chose my painting, Guardian – Black Bear, for the 2014-2015 Maryland Black Bear Conservation Stamp.  The design contest was held at the 44th Annual Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD.

Proceeds from the sale of the Black Bear Stamps go toward the Black Bear Conservation Fund and are used to compensate farmers in Maryland experiencing agricultural damage caused by black bears.  For more information on the contest or the Black Bear Conservation Stamp Fund, please visit http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/bbcp/

Autumn – Black Bear, an earlier piece, was chosen as their 2010-2011 Maryland Black Bear Conservation Stamp and can be purchased from the MDNR here

Press release on this year’s competition: http://news.maryland.gov/dnr/2014/05/02/minnesota-artist-wins-maryland-black-bear-conservation-stamp-design-contest/

Seaside Art Gallery – 23rd International Miniature Art Show

A few new small pieces just arrived at Seaside Art Gallery for their 23rd International Miniature Art Show.

http://seasideart.com  The show runs May 3, 2014 through May 31, 2014

Morning Flight - Great Egret,  Watercolor & 24kt gold 4in x 6in, ©Rebecca Latham Morning Flight – Great Egret, Watercolor & 24kt gold 4in x 6in, ©Rebecca Latham

Warm Glow - Mute Swan,  Watercolor & 24kt gold 4in x 6in, ©Rebecca Latham Warm Glow – Mute Swan, Watercolor & 24kt gold 4in x 6in, ©Rebecca Latham

Taking Flight - Brown Pelican,  Watercolor & 24kt gold 4in x 6in, ©Rebecca LathamTaking Flight – Brown Pelican, Watercolor & 24kt gold 4in x 6in, ©Rebecca Latham