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Posted by Jocelyn Posted on Feb - 23 - 2014

Murder & Parliament

Realized moments too late that the ink I’d used on the crows wasn’t waterproof — had to cover up my nice wash with some pasty gouache to fix it.  Ah, well.  Watercolour, pen & coloured pencil.

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Posted by Jocelyn Posted on Jan - 16 - 2014

Dragon In My Garage

I began this book as a summer project and intended to finish it for Carl Sagan Day back in November, but life inevitably got in the way and I slid past more than a few self-imposed deadlines. I was paging through my copy of Carl Sagan’s The Demon-Haunted World when it occurred to me that  [ Read More ]

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Posted by Jocelyn Posted on Jun - 17 - 2013

Dragon (Watercolour)

Another dragon.  Canson makes a pretty great mixed media sketchbook — a nice surface for pencils that erases well, while just heavy enough to accept washes.

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Posted by Jocelyn Posted on Jun - 15 - 2013

Dragons

Some dragon designs for a new project I’ve started.  Still deciding whether I want to go digital or traditional for this one.  Flexibility versus comfort, same old battle.

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Posted by Jocelyn Posted on Nov - 19 - 2011

Serpent

Rawr.

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Posted by Jocelyn Posted on Jun - 07 - 2009

Waxwing & Robin Study

While on my way to Grass Lake early yesterday morning, I came across this Cedar Waxwing lying in the middle of the road.  The back of the bird was a bit smashed up, but I keep plastic baggies and a box of latex gloves in my vehicle for such occasions (nestled beside the jar of  [ Read More ]

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Posted by Jocelyn Posted on Apr - 19 - 2009

Phoebe

We’ve reached the lull, that period of spring migration where the usual early arrivals have already settled in and we wait eagerly for the coming onslaught.  I spotted a Barn Swallow wheeling overhead yesterday, decidedly early for this species.  It won’t be long now. Here’s an Eastern Phoebe, found on a windy day near the  [ Read More ]

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Posted by Jocelyn Posted on Mar - 06 - 2009

Woodpecker – Completion

What? March? Really?! Time I finished up with this. I used Payne’s grey almost exclusively while building up the first three quarters of the painting. As a result, I had to fight with it a bit to warm up the lunar palette, and it remains a very cold piece. Sometimes you go too far. But  [ Read More ]

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Posted by Jocelyn Posted on Nov - 19 - 2008

Little Brown Jobs

I paint a lot of sparrows.  Most avian art depicts flashier subjects — the warblers, the orioles, the hummingbirds, and other celebrities of the birding world.  But I love the Emberizids and their earthen colours, and the subtle patterns of their mantles, and even their shy, skulking natures.  Even if I’m awful at telling them  [ Read More ]

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Posted by Jocelyn Posted on Jul - 29 - 2008

Red-headed Woodpecker

A quick painting of that gorgeous Pelee inhabitant. Mixed media.

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