Barns of Michigan: Old Red Barn

I am working on a “Barns of Michigan” series where I highlight some of the beautiful old barns that are everywhere up here. I admit it: the older it is, the more I like it. Below is one that I painted recently, I call it simply “Old Red Barn.” Unfortunately, my cheap little camera doesn’t take good photos, it changed some of the hues, so this week…I’m buying a better camera!

painting of an old red barn in northern Michigan

Barns of Michigan: Old Red Barn, oil painting 16 X 20 by Yeshua’s Child Art

I did enjoy painting the textures on this one, it was fun, and the sky reflections on the roof. I also love golden colors, and so did the tree in autumnal golds.

Barns of Michigan: Old Gray Barn

I love to paint old barns. They have so much character. The older, the better. I am starting a “Barns of Michigan” series of paintings, and this is # 3 in the series, an old gray barn in the upper peninsula.

an oil painting of an old gray barn in Michigan's upper peninsula

Barns of Michigan: Old Gray Barn, oil 16 X 20 inches

The palette for this painting was ultramarine and cobalt blue, titanium white, lamp black, sap green, burnt sienna, yellow ochre, cad. yellow med., cad yellow light, cad red light. I really liked the gray light of the hazy day, and tried to emphasize this in the painting.

Photo reference for the barn was a photo by Kathy Gaspar, used with her permission.

Cowboy Portrait

I’m currently taking a painting class, and just for fun, decided to do the portrait assignment. I used to do commission portraits, before I turned my brush towards painting birds and landscapes. But the old cowboy was irresistible, so I did a quick study:

a portrait study in oils by Yeshua's Child Art Studio

Cowboy portrait study, 16 X 20, oil

I like a limited palette for portraits, so I did the entire study using yellow ochre, cad. yellow medium, burnt sienna, alizarin crimson, titanium white, ultramarine blue, and black. You can get a wide range of flesh and hair tones with those.

I also have some barns and birds I’m working on, I’ll share those soon!

Birds of Michigan: Great Blue Heron

I love the unique look, plumage and colors of the Great Blue Heron, one of the more elegant birds that can be seen along the waterways in Michigan. I placed this one in a setting near blue water, for color harmony.

Oil painting of a Great Blue Heron by Yeshua's Child Art, part of the Birds of Michigan series

“Great Blue Heron” oil, 11 X 14 on canvas board

Special thanks goes to Regina Brindle, a gifted bird photographer, for the photo reference, which was used with her permission.

Our Grouchy Grouse

I live in a national forest, down a lane that winds up to my house. And over the past few months, as my roommates and I drive home, we have seen a large winged grouse come flying at our car, attacking the rear windshield or bumper. This grouse has become quite tame, and feeds on bits of seed that fall from the feeders; we’ve even named him “Louie.”  So, I had to paint him, and below is the result.

"Ruffed Grouse" is one of the Birds of Michigan series of original oil paintings by Yeshua's Child Art

“Ruffed Grouse”, oil, 11 X 14, (c) 2015, part of the Birds of Michigan series

This is a bit brighter and more abstract than some of my bird paintings, because I fell in love with the bright colors in his feathers, and wanted to contrast this with the white snow and dark branches he likes to hide in.  Louie is certainly beautiful, and is fun to watch when he (she?) comes to eat with the other birds.

Maybe this spring, there will be babies, too!

Birds of Michigan: Mourning Dove

I’m back to painting birds again, this is a mourning dove in golden light, sitting in the grass.

I wish I could my photo here to look like the original painting; it’s a lot more washed out looking than the original on my easel (probably because of glare, etc.). I enjoyed painting this one; I love the variety of colors these beautiful birds have in their feathers.

picture of a mourning dove in summer grass

“Mourning Dove” original oil 11 X 14

Michigan Bird Series: Female Cardinal

Last spring my roomate took a picture of a female cardinal in the snow (yes, there was snow until April here; I thought I had moved to the land where winter never ends by the end of my first Michigan winter!)

As I mentioned before, I love cardinals, so I decided to paint here. I brightened the colors quite a bit from the original, changing the background, etc.  The most fun was playing with painting the snow on the branches, and getting the feather details and lighting right.

Here she is:

cardinal in the Michigan snow

Cardinal in the Snow, oil 14 X 18 on wrapped canvas