The opening events for the Wildlife Art Exhibition in Singapore have kicked off the show which runs through the 15th of November. This exhibition marks the debut of my work in Asia – I am very pleased to be showing with Mandala Fine Art. These are my 5 original watercolors in the exhibit:
My donation, Wolf Study – an original 11in x 14in watercolor painting made specifically for their Walk for Wolves event Oct 10th, to Wolf Park (non-profit) is up for auction – all of the funds raised go to them for education and care for their animals. Check out their auction page for details. Please support them if you can.
Upcoming exhibitions have kept me pretty busy lately – this is an update of some of the recent finished works and in-progress pieces for the shows. I’m currently planning out work for exhibitions in Dubai, The Netherlands, and Tulsa.. so more to come.
Working on a number of commissioned pieces lately.. I am often asked by interested collectors if having a commissioned work is possible, what is involved in getting one done, costs, and of course other finer details. To answer that.. Yes – I do accept them – but in limited amounts due to the workload I already have.
Running across an article from Christies addressing the topic of commissions, a read I recommend for those considering ordering one, I thought I would share some of these sketches that were recently made for clients ordering a custom piece.
These pieces in the galleries below show the beginning design options of the commissioned pieces. After this stage of showing designs for selection, I will begin the sepia stage that I often picture and then move on to color. The final painting is approved by the collector before finishing, framing, and shipping. Currently the chosen design of the snow leopard is nearing the later layers in color and should emerge from the yuck stage soon (i.e. it is not pictured at this time due to these technical difficulties). For a full progression, you can see this earlier commission I made of a beloved pet named Chloe.
Three of my paintings are in this year’s National Exhibition of Wildlife Art in Wirral, UK. The show will run through August 2nd, 2015. Many thanks to my awesome cousin, Stuart, for snapping some photos at the preview opening. :)
The National Exhibition of Wildlife Art is an open annual exhibition based in the North of England.
NEWA was conceived in 1993 by a group of artists interested in depicting wildlife, with conservation as one of their underlying concerns. A donation from the exhibition is made each year to wildlife causes.
The aims of the exhibition are to promote and display outstanding examples of wildlife art from both professional and amateur artists.
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.
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
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 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:
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..
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/