Monday, September 6, 2010
"DUST DEVIL" - my painting of a charging black rhino won the prestigious PRESIDENTS AWARD at the Society of Animal Artists 50th Anniversary ART AND THE ANIMAL at the San Diego Museum of Natural History. Pictured is one of the judges - Joshua Rose - editor and publisher of WESTERN ART COLLECTOR and AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR magazine.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
This is the new wolf painting I have just completed. It represents a little change in my technique which is to underpaint with a Burnt Sienna (rust) color to try to create a "glow" and emphasize the reflected light. I'm quite happy with the way it came out - hope you agree!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
PHOTO: Me with Kip Forbes at my solo exhibition at FORBES GALLERIES, NY.
“You can almost hear the creatures breathing in Jan Martin McGuire’s paintings. More than just reality, she succeeds in capturing the soul and nobility of beasts and birds big and small”.
Chrisopher Forbes FORBES MAGAZINE
"I was captivated by Jan Martin McGuire's paintings the first time that I saw them. She paints all animal species with the same virtuosity, enabling the viewer to feel actually present in the foreground."
Tom James - Chairman of the Board, RAYMOND JAMES FINANCIAL
"Jan Martin McGuire is among the top women artists focusing on wildlife today. Her perennial presence in top museum-quality exhibitions is proof of her status in the wildlife art world."
LEADING WILDLIFE ART SCHOLAR AND MUSEUM CURATOR
"Having hunted all over the globe, I have seen and studied nature first hand. Jan's work brings the qualities of nature to the canvas. The colors and texture that she uses make her paintings realistic. Whether it is a beautiful little bird or a hard charging rhino, her work is exquisite."
Irvin Barnhart ART COLLECTOR, RENOWNED AWARD WINNING BIG GAME HUNTER AND CONSERVATIONIST
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Sunday, July 4, 2010
James and I just got back from our fabulous trip to Tanzania. One of the highlights was our camp in the remote Northern Serengeti where the wildebeest were massing to begin crossing the Mara river into Kenya. The one photo shows me in front of only a small portion of this herd last week, the other I took in Kenya last year of them during the migration - I am planning a major painting this on based on this.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Monday, May 31, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Sorry I have not been more active posting to my blog. I've gotten very involved with keeping our Fan page on Face Book updated and I keep forgetting about my blog! If you aren't a fan already on Face Book you might want to check it out. You can access it by clicking on the icon on the homepage of my webpage at www.janmartinmcguire.com
Saturday, May 8, 2010
My work has been accepted to the two most prestigious animal art exhibits on the planet - BIRDS IN ART at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum and ART AND THE ANIMAL the Society of Animal Artists annual juried membership show! The vultures - "VULTURE VIEW" was accepted into BIA and "DUST DEVIL" of the black rhino got into the SAA show. Huge honors!
Monday, April 26, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I like a clean area to work my fur/hair technique. I use to masque out with watercolor masque, but it tended to create hard edges. So now I transfer my drawing to the painting surface (just the outlines of the animals) and go back and paint them in with my purplish tinted gesso.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
I have a big commission from a local judge of a herd of bison. I'm going to show you this painting as I work on it from beginning to end. These first two photos are me in the field researching bison. This is ongoing - I have photos in my files that I took 25 years ago. I'm always out sketching, photographing and studying nature and then when I decide to do a painting I go back into my files and sketchbooks to find materials to use as reference in my paintings.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
I am toying with the idea of putting together a combination photos shoot and workshop September 24-26 in Minnesota. The shoot will be at MINNESOTA WILDLIFE CONNECTION which is where James took this wonderful photo of a red fox. At this stage I am trying to gage level of interest. If you think this is something you might be interested in please email me at email@example.com and let me know1
This is a photo that was taken of myself, James and Joshua Rose, editor of WESTERN ART COLLECTOR and AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR magazine in front of my paintings, by the official photographer during the COWGIRL UP!! exhibit at Desert Caballeros Museum in Wickenburg, Az.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
James and I visited Sedona on our way home from COWGIRL UP! The landscape was spectacular as seen in this photo. Unfortunately it's been 25 years or so since I've been and when I was there it was a really unique artist community with boutique shops, galleries and studios. Now it is a wall to wall tourist town with lots of tourist trap knick knack and T shirt shops - or else places where people stop you on the street to try to sell you either time shares or jeep safaris. Not my cup of tea at all. Although there was one area away from the main downtown that had a few nice shops and galleries. Yeah, I know - the only thing that doesn't change is change. . . . . . to bad. . . .
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
James and I with Joshua Rose, the editor of WESTERN ART COLLECTOR and AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR magazine during the COWGIRL UP! exhibition at the Desert Caballeros museum in Wickenburg, Az. This was my first year but my work was well received having sold one nice piece and the museum expressing interest in purchasing another one. Had a really great time meeting some really wonderful people!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
If you haven't signed up on Face Book for James and my's fan page please do so! We post to that much more often than my blog or webpage and it has information about both of us. You can access it through my webpage at www.janmartinmcguire and click on the icon - or - go straight to Face Book and either search for McGuire and Hines Studios or click on the link under my profile. Hope to see you there!
Saturday, March 20, 2010
To add "sparkles" and texture to the snow I cover the areas I want to protect and then dip an old paint brush in white with a touch of yellow paint. I then rub my finger across the bristles causing a random spatter. I use this same technique to create dirt/sand.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Now comes the FUN part!!! Sort of kidding there. . . . It's kind of like building a very complicated jigsaw puzzle! I have taken a photo of the taxidermy mount to give you an idea of what I'm talking about. Lots of colors, lots of patterns all overlapping. I have a little bit of a break in that this bird is small in the painting - I can get away with giving the impression of a lot of the detail. If it was a large painting and the bird was front and center up close I would have my work really cut out for me! The painting shows the detail work I've done so far.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Although the snow isn't finished, I thought it was time to start adding the grasses. It's always a question - "what comes first the grass or the snow"? It's tough because there are many layers with snow piled on parts of the grass so you just have to work back and forth into it.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Here are two pictures of the snow in progress. It's all about lots of layers and also observing colors. With this backlit snow there are lots of oranges and yellows where the sun is hitting it, and lots of blues and violets in the shadows. Snow IS NOT WHITE!!! I'm created the texture of the snow by "scrumbling" my brush - that is - taking an old brush and pushing it around all different directions.
I have not done a pheasant in years. I decided to give it a go. I went through my pheasant file (I keep file cabinets FULL of photos I've taken over the course of my 27 year career) and came across a nice backlit captive pheasant. Since I LOVE backlighting I knew this would work well - I just had to find the right background. I went to my "grass" file and played around with a bunch of ideas, including going out and photographing some grasses in the right light. When I went to load the new photos into my iPhoto I saw a photo I taken this winter when we had a big snow of fallen over grass with lots of nice backlighting. It clicked with me and I decided I would do it with this background. Here I have drawn the drawing to size 8 x 16". It also shows my two main photo references along with a taxidermy pheasant I will use for feather detail.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Here are a couple of photos of my wolf girls when they were pups. The one in the kitchen is when they were 2 1/2 months old and we were still socializing them. They were a BIG help at dinner time - NOT!!
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Here is my third and last painting for COWGIRL UP! At the Desert Cabelleros Museum in Wickenburg, Az. It features top woman western artists. This is my first year being invited and I am very honored. I look forward to attending the opening weekend which includes trail rides, BBQ's and dinners and other events bringing the artists and patrons together. This painting is 11 x 14 of a Gambell's Quail called "DESERT DWELLER".
Monday, March 8, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
James and I have two wolves - sisters - named Denali and Willow. I have permits to keep them, but, in reality these are very high content hybrids as their grandfather had some dog in him. We got them from a small zoo that had an unexpected litter. They found another zoo to take the male, but there weren't any zoo's that wanted the females. They contacted me - and after begging James (he bargained for a new lap top), we brought Denali home first and then Willow. I had a long standing relationship with WOLF PARK www.wolfpark.org which is the only research facility in the U.S. that has socialized wolves. I would have never undertaken the task of keeping the girls without having the biologists at Wolf Park to help me. We keep them in the kitchen for 3 months, living with them 24/7, bottle raising them and socializing them. They are NOT pets. They are wolves that recognize James and I as part of their pack. They live outside now in a large enclosure. Here I am feeding them a road killed deer (yes, I have permits for that too). I only feed deer in the winter because of parasites. When I'm not feeding deer they get raw chicken and pork neck bones. Also the occasional road killed rabbit and squirrel. They will be 9 years old in April.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
I use a technique for fur that I learned many years ago from Carl Brenders (top wildlife artist from Belgium). The purpose of the technique is to create "depth" to the fur so that you feel as if you could put your fingers into it. It is VERY time consuming and at times I wonder if it's a waste of time. However, I remind myself that it is like building a house. You have to use studs and joists to frame it out. In the end they do not show, but without them the house would fall down.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
I got the tree done yesterday on the cougar painting. Had a little more trouble than I expected getting it to "stand out" against the background. But a combination of using cool (blueish) washes to contrast against the warm colors of the background and bringing up the values (blacks blacker and whites whiter) did the trick. I also added some more branches than were in the original drawing. This happens many times in a painting, that once I get working on it it will "speak" to me about things that it needs. This is one of the main reasons I work in acrylic - it is easy to make changes along the way!
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
James and I just got home from the NATUREWORKS art show in Tulsa. What a GREAT event! 50+ top wildlife, western and landscape artists from all over the US and other countries. Opening night it was reported that the show did $225,000 in sales! James and I were honored to receive the award for best overall exhibit!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I have been invited to do a prestigious museum show next month called COWGIRL UP!! There are several museum shows for Cowboy Artists of America which is a men only group. About five years ago the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, Az came up with the idea of doing a show with "western" women artists. The show was an immediate hit! I am the first "wildlife" artist that has been invited to participate and I am really quite excited to try this new venue for my work. This is a painting I am working on for the exhibit. It is 20 x 24 and will be a cougar in an old snag overlooking a red rock valley. Here some of the background has been started.