Monday, December 12, 2011

Lonely Bird: A Carolina Wren on a Post

                      Lonely Bird sitting on a Fence Post
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 4" x 10" (10.16 cm x 25.4 cm) original acrylic painting on hand primed board $135 w/free shipping in US and Canada

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When I spotted this wren sitting alone on the fence, it seemed lonely and waiting for someone to join it. The mood of the bird created the idea for the painting.


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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Gondolas on the Grand Canal in Venice

                                                  Gondolas on Grand Canal in Venice
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5 in. x 10 in. (12.7 cm x 25.4 cm) acrylic on hand primed board with free shipping in US & Cananda
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If you need a break from winter weather, why not escape to Venice for a ride in a gondola? A painting of the Grand Canal can help you do that, if only in your imagination.


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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Chichadee Pair in the Woods

                                       Black Capped Chickadee Pair
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8" x 10" (20.3 cm x 25.4 cm) original acrylic painting on hand primed board $325 w/free shipping in US and Canada
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I've reworked this painting from a previous posting by adding more texture and color. I've photographed this pair for over a year now and this composition is one of my favorites.

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Blue Heron on Lansing River Trail

                       Blue Heron on Lansing River Trail
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 8" x 10" (20.3 cm x 25.4 cm) original acrylic painting on hand primed board $325 w/free shipping in US and Canada
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--> -->While on the bike path on Lansing River Trail, near Sycamore Creek Golf Course, we watched this Blue Heron fishing in the river.  I’d wanted to see a Blue Heron for a long time so we watched this bird fishing for about a half hour, but he never caught a fish while we were there. This great bird seems something out of primeval history.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

I'm back in my studio

I’m back working in my studio after a long absence. I should explain that my wife and I have done a lot of traveling this summer and also took a good part of the summer moving into a new condo in Lansing, Michigan and in completely decorating and redesigning our living space so it works for us. While we still have our house in Parma, we will be spending most of our time in Lansing where my wife has a new business going.

First we spent some time traveling in Germany and south of France. I gathered a lot of material and will be using some of it as I get back to work in my new studio location here in Lansing. I’m sure I won’t be posting daily at first but will try to get back on a schedule of regular painting and posting.

Thanks to all of you for being patient with me as I recharge my creative batteries.

Paul

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Six Kid's Blocks with Mickey: Now available as Giclée print


                       (click on image for larger view)
PRINTS ARE NOW READY OF SOME PAUL WOLBER IMAGES. 

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12" x 14" matted and printed on archival heavy weight (90lb) fine art paper, matt backed with 1/4" foam core board and shipped in shrink-wrapped film for protection. $49.99 with matt w/free shipping in US and Canada.
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Some Paul Wolber paintings are now available as high quality limited edition giclée prints. The colors are of highest level, supervised, hand signed and numbered by the artist to ensure fidelity to the original work. They come matted and are produced with acid free archival material that, with proper care will last for hundreds of years. All editions are strictly limited to 120 after which no more will be produced. By going to my print blog you can also read more about what constitutes a Giclée print and learn some technical information and history about Giclée printing process.


The print shown here is from a new painting based on an earlier version done in 2009. The matted work shown comes ready to hang or may be framed professionally in the provided matt. Matted prints as shown here come with a ¼ inch foam-core backing and encased in shrink-wrapped film* for protection in handling and shipping.


Some prints are also available for an even more modest price unmatted and can be shipped in a mailing tube ready to be matted and framed at your local frame shop.


As they become available, you can see new works on Paul Wolber print blog HERE


Please check out what is currently available HERE.  Check back often, as new print editions will be posted when color correction and proofing make them available.
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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Pheasants in Morning Light

Pheasant Cock and Hen in Morning Light
8" x 10" (20.3 cm x 25.4 cm) original acrylic painting on hand primed board $325 w/free shipping in US and Canada
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As a teenager hunting pheasant in Illinois, I didn’t realize this bird was introduced rather than a native species. Because it fit into the environment so well it was much later that I learned it has been introduced into America from Eurasia in the 1800’s. 

Although I don’t see this beautiful bird often here in my area of Michigan, there seems to be a good number of these birds in Southeast Michigan and I’ll sometimes see one wander through my yard. This pair was spotted one early morning in the cornfield near us and I’m now hunting them only with a camera and paintbrush.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Surprising Kind of Bullfight

A Surprising Kind of Bullfight
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This is a take-off and update of a posting done some years ago after traveling in China. In north Guangxi Province we were invited to see a bullfight. I had no idea what it would be and had visions of the Spanish bullfight where the matador attempts to kill the bull. We traveled several hours by dirt road to the mountain village of Wu Dong. Being the only foreigner in the village some of the children had never seen a Caucasian like me, so I was more of an attraction to them then the bullfight.
     The fight was between two water buffalo bulls, not man against bull. The bulls are territorial so one would be sent up river in the water and the other would come down river. When they met, they would fight for territory. There were forty bulls in all to fight that day, so there were 20 runoff fights, then the winners would fight until all the bulls were eliminated except the grand champion winner and the fights lasted all day. A fight could last five minutes or in some cases half an hour. The bulls would sometimes lock horns and we saw several bulls lift his opponent off the ground by the horns as they struggled. The bull that turned and ran was the loser and the one who stood his ground was the winner. The most damage we saw during the day was a bloody nose, never a duel to the death. Winning bulls were highly prized and could be sold or bred for a lot of money, so the bulls were carefully protected.
     There was no danger to humans as the bulls were fighting. People were standing all around during the fights and the bull handlers where right beside the bulls during fights as you can see in the photo. We ask one man about the fights and ask if the bulls were ever injured in a fight. He told us they were highly valued so they were never allowed to do much damage to each other.
     At noon, we were invited to have lunch with the elders of the village. We joined them for a lunch of vegetables, rice, various kinds of meat and raw fish. I was asked to drink a toast with the top elder who then declared me an honorary member of the village tribe. I usually don't drink much alcohol, but in this case I did drink the strong rice wine as I figured it would cleanse any bacteria in the raw fish I was offered. This was just one of the many fantastic experiences we’ve had in our many travels in China.

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Gargoyle, Grotesque or Chimera? A Sculpture from Notre Dame Cathedral

Grotesque from Notre Dame, Paris
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This time of year our thoughts often turn to travel. This is a sketch from my last travels in Paris, a grotesque sculpture from the towers of Notre Dame Cathedral. This image is often called a gargoyle, but should be called a grotesque or chimera, since a gargoyle is really a waterspout sculpture used to direct the water away from the walls of the cathedral. It's a mythical image made up of parts of many creatures and intended to be a frightening image thought to keep evil spirits away from the cathedral. I've always enjoyed these creatures because they are so imaginative and fantastic.

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Red-Bellied Woodpeckers


  Red-Bellied Woodpeckers Confrontation
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These Red-Bellied Woodpeckers have been visiting my backyard for several years now. I've been waiting for a view that demostrates something about these colorful birds. This composition shows their territorial aggressiveness and also the distinctive markings on back and belly of this unique bird.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sandhill Cranes Doing a Two-Step


Sandhill Cranes Doing a Two-Step
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10" x 8" (25.4cm x 20.3cm) acrylic on hand primed board
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As my wife and I entered Falling Water Trail in Jackson county for our bike ride, we heard the strange croaking call of Sandhill cranes. I mentioned to her I’d never been close enough to Sandhills to photograph or study them. As if they heard me, we came upon this pair about a mile down the trail. Fortunately I had my telephoto lens and was able to get good photos.

Later looking closely at their red head markings I thought the photos I’d seen before of cranes were slightly different. Further research taught me there is at least six know subspecies of Sandhill cranes. You can read more about it HERE. The strange and beautiful birds standing here in the field gave a sense of otherworldly or primordial presence. The beauty and details demanded a larger format than my usual 5” x 7” size. Here is the result of our encounter. It’s one of my favorite images.

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

White Crowned Sparrows Conversation

            White Crowned Sparrows Conversation (click photo to see more detail)
 

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This pair of White Crowned Sparrows has been coming to my backyard for several years. In this image they seemed to be in a conversation, and since I don't understand their language they probably are, hence the title of the painting.

I've been watching them for a while and finally got an image together that I wanted to paint so here it is.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Security Check

                   Mother Wren Doing a Security Check
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This is the third and last in a series of a mother House Wren I started in August of 09. Because she was moving so fast during the session while I was shooting the photos I thought she was just flitting around to find a landing spot. I discovered what she was doing after examining the stopped action photos. She was really doing a thorough security check around the birdhouse before entering to sit on her nest. I've done some additional work on this last view.

Since this is the last of the series I've got a few 5" x 7" frames left over and will include a free frame for this one but please request the free frame when you purchase the painting

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Blue Jay Pair

     Blue Jay Pair (click photo to see more detail)
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Blue Jays have come to my backyard for many years. They are intelligent and fearless birds. More than once I've watched a Blue Jay dive after a hawk sitting on my wood pile. The Jay knows he can out maneuver the hawk in flight but cannot escape a diving hawk so he always stays behind or above the hawk in flight.


I've put a lot of detail into this painting so you can get a good idea of the Blue Jays beautiful markings. Jays can live a long time. Cornell lab of Ornithology tells us Blue Jays have lived to be at least 17 years old.

This pair comes regularly to my bird feeder and are fond of sunflower seeds and nuts. In my yard they are quite tolerant of other birds at the feeder, but most birds will quickly defer to them because of their size and power.

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