This is a 15" x 15" oil on panel. At this point, I've just scrubbed in the value and color with some parts a bit more finished. I may leave some of the scrubbed in areas or I might work on these areas a bit more. Ditto with the river - not sure if I'll leave it this value or perhaps darken it a bit and pick up the yellow of the sunset. This is work-in-progress. I'll lean it up against the wall for a few days and take a quick look at it when I walk past. After a while, I'll know if there are awkward shapes or values that bother me.
This is a newly finished oil of a North Island Brown Kiwi. Though kiwi are endangered, I live in a part of New Zealand where they can still be heard calling at night.
North Island Brown Kiwi
15" x 10" oil on Ampersand gessoed board
The original is available for sale
Though born and raised in New Zealand, I lived in the United States for the major part of my life. I returned to live in New Zealand in 2012. One of my goals in returning to my homeland, was to raise money for kiwi conservation. Growing up at the edge of a large tract of native forest, I always hoped to see a kiwi. My father would tell me, "they're all gone". They were, at least in our part of the country. However, through conservation efforts such as predator control, the kiwi are making a comeback. Now I am fortunate to live in the Bay of Islands, very close to the Opua Forest where I can hear kiwi calling at night. Bay Bush Action, our local conservation group is a registered charity dedicated to protecting our native wildlife in the Opua Forest. With continued trapping, Bay Bush Action hopes to lower the predator numbers to the point where forty kiwi can be released into the forest next year to join the ten native couples already there.
Kiwi Ora has been released as a signed, open-edition full colour print on heavy, museum quality paper. It sells for $75 in both the US and New Zealand, not including shipping. If you would like to help our kiwi by purchasing a print, clicking on this link will take you to Bay Bush Action's website where you'll find more information on the print and make a purchase using Paypal.
I have donated 100% of my time and painting to help save the kiwi. I do not many any profit - in fact I'm the one that will be packing and shipping the print you purchase. The original is available for sale. If you have questions on the original or print, please email me: adele.earnshaw (leave out this bit) @gmail.com. (Written this way to hopefully foil the spammers).
This is a new series titled Atmosphere, that I just completed. I'll be showing them at the Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Maryland, November 9-12, 2017. All four are the same size and framed in 1.5" wide custom Glaser frames. I'm showing the first one framed.
I do a show every year in Westcliffe, Colorado, called Art for the Sangres. It's a small show with fewer than 30 artists and only runs for two evenings but it's well attended, sales are good and it's a delightful place to visit. This painting was inspired by a scene in the Westcliffe area. Maybe I fibbed a bit about the monsoon clouds as I'm only there in the fall, well past the summer monsoon season, but having lived in Sedona, Arizona for 35 years, I know the monsoon clouds well. Now living back in New Zealand, I don't think I will ever tire of the sound of rain on the roof.
This is a 14" x 18" oil on gessoed panel. The sail is from a tall ship in Opua, where I live. Opua is the most northern east coast port on New Zealand's North Island, where trans-Pacific yachties go through biosecurity and customs. It's a beautiful place to live and I have my choice of boats to paint.
I really haven't made a dramatic change from what I used to paint. If you know my work, you'll remember the quilts, sheets, clotheslines and birds that I painted some years ago. I'm still painting sheets, lines and birds but a different configuration.
Since my move back to New Zealand, the summers are so gorgeous and the beach is just a few minute's drive away, so I've not been in the studio much these past few months. Winter is around the corner - which is when I spend long hours working in the studio. These are some of my warm up pieces.
These are a couple of new oils heading for The Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Maryland, November 11-13, 2016. You can find me and my twenty-five original oils in the Pavilion, right across the street from the Armory at 40 S. Harrison, Easton Maryland. I hope to see you there!!
I posted this piece without birds a few weeks ago. It leaned against the wall for a while until I figured out what it needed. Stilts seem to be the answer when I need a bird to add a bit of drama. These are North American black-necked stilts. This will be one of twenty-five original oils that I'll be exhibiting at The Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Maryland - November 11, 12 and 13th. You can find me in the Pavilion across the street from the Armory.
The second piece is the final piece I'm painting for the Waterfowl Festival. It's just a little guy - 11" x 11" but it gives me some ideas for a larger painting - eventually.