Saturday, January 17, 2015

2015 Tentative Schedule of Events

Here are my events lined up for 2015. Some of these are tentative, while others are set. I will update with any changes, and list these on my website shortly as well.

February 27, 2015
Webster, NY
Ducks Unlimited Local Chapter Banquet Dinner
The Webster Country Club
440 Salt Rd. Webster, NY 14580
Doors open at 5, Dinner at 7pm.
Seats limited so reservations suggested.
Tickets: $70 individual / $100 couple

March 27-28, 2015
Clayton, NY
Ducks Unlimited NY State Convention
3:00pm Fri. 3/27 to 11:00pm Sat. 3/28
1000 Islands Harbor Hotel Clayton New York
Clayton, New York, 13326                      
Ticket necessary for entry: Tickets on sale here.

April 10 - May 7, 2015
Olean, NY
Solo Exhibition - "Featherdust"
JCC Center Gallery
260 North Union St. Olean NY 14760
Second Floor of Center building
Opening reception April 10th, 6-8pm
Free and Open to the Public
Show from April 10th - May 7th

Free and Open to the Public

April 17, 2015
Shepherdstown, WV
Junior Duck Stamp Competition Judging
National Conservation Training Center
698 Conservation Way
Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443
Open to the Public

May 29 - 31, 2015
Allegany State Park, NY
Allegany Nature Pilgrimage
Allegany State Park, Red House Area
Salamanca, NY 14779
Exact time to be announced
Ticket purchase is required to participate

June 6, 2015
Allegany State Park, NY
Outdoor Girls Day (for girls grades 7-12)
More information pending

June 26, 2015
Memphis, TN
First Day of Sales Ceremony, Federal Duck Stamp
First day of sale of the 2015-2016 Federal Duck Stamp
Bass Pro Shops
6140 Macon Rd
Memphis, TN 38134
Special cancellations and commemorative releases available
More details to follow
Free and Open to the Public

July 9-13, 2015
Pittsburgh, PA
The Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh
1000 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Convention membership purchase required for entry

July 18, 2015
Olean, NY 
Hometown Celebration for Federal Duck Stamp
Special cancellations and commemorative releases available
Westons Mills Fire Hall (Kinney Hose Co.)
1300 Olean-Portville Road, Olean, NY 14760
Speakers at 1pm, Signing and mix 'n mingle from 2-5
Raffles, coloring contest for kids, and more!
Free and open to the Public
Map: (Zoom in or out as necessary with + and - buttons)

July 25-26, 2015
Canastota, NY
Federal Stamp Traveling Exhibit Opening
Great Swamp Conservancy
8375 North Main Street
Canastota, NY 13032
Open to the Public - 10am - 4pm

July 27, 2015
Jamestown, NY
Roger Tory Peterson Institute
Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History
311 Curtis Street
Jamestown, NY 14701
Details pending

September 25-26, 2015
Shepherdstown, WV
Federal Duck Stamp Competition
National Conservation Training Center
698 Conservation Way
Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443
Open to the Public

October 17-18, 2015
Sanibel Island, FL
"Ding" Darling Days
"Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge
1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel, FL 33957
Further details pending

November 21-22, 2015
Ellicottville, NY
Art Expo at Holiday Valley
6557 Holiday Valley Road, 
Ellicottville, NY 14731
Further details pending

I have a few more events "in the works" and will add them to the list as more details come forward!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The "PSA" Duck Stamp Art!

Hello everyone!

I have been quiet-- very quiet, lately! And for good reason. I have been very busy since November, painting my "PSA" art. PSA stands for Pressure Sensitive Adhesive and it is the peel-and-stick style of Federal Duck Stamp.

This is a "PSA" Federal Duck Stamp:
Robert Steiner's Goldeneye, 2013-14 Stamp
As you can see, there is a nice write up about the stamp program as well as a photograph of wetlands behind the stamp (which you can leave on the card, or peel it off and stick it to something, such as a hunting license).

Last year Adam Grimm had the very clever idea of completing a painting for the back of his PSA issue. You can see it on the FWS Site:

I thought this was a great idea, and set to work on one, myself. I did several layouts and thumbnails, and adjusted elements as guided by a few of my artist friends. I got to work soon after!

Here, I have transferred my sketch onto a board approximately 12" x 24", and then primed it with a warm color. This is personal preference only, as it helps me to see my paint colors more accurately, and sets a slightly warm glow to what will otherwise be an overall cool-hued piece. I blocked in the darkest and brightest areas next to help me keep value in check.

Not looking very beautiful, at this point...
Over the next weeks, I built up many layers of paint with my acrylics. I prefer to use Atelier Chorma Interactives as their body and pigment load is my favorite to work with.

Winter had set in and it was dark, short days with an overcast sky. My lights work well but they sure don't play very nice with my cellphone camera, which I used to take these snapshots. So, please forgive the color fidelity (or, lack thereof!).

Blocking in and starting to detail the sky and water...

Christmas rolled around, and saw my nose in the painting. I did take Christmas day off, however, to visit with my family.

The drakes and underwater section are starting to get detail...

A few days ago, I was finally finished! And, just in time for my deadline! The Duck Stamp Office needs all of these images pretty quickly so that they can begin the (long) process of making the stamp ready for print. Here is the final painting.

Finished artwork for the background of the "PSA" issue of the Federal Duck Stamp
Detail of finished image
The finished painting is 12" x 24" (which will be cropped slightly for the stamp issue).
Acrylic on Board

Two Ruddy Duck Drakes (Oxyura jamaicensis)
A Black Tern (Chlidonias niger)
Swaying Bullrush (Scirpus subterminalis)
and Emerald Shiners (Notropis atherinoides)

The inspiration for this piece comes from close to home; I have enjoyed seeing waterfowl cruising the waves of Lake Erie near the shore, where birds often forage, and diving ducks are often seen appearing and disappearing again under the surface. It was important to me to select a native aquatic plant to this region. The Black Tern is a species of bird that depends greatly on wetlands and habitat that the Duck Stamp conserves, and is regionally endangered, with numbers dropping disturbingly in the last several years. Finally, the emerald shiners are a small and beautiful native freshwater fish known to school in the conditions I've painted. Special thanks goes to Donald Einhouse of the NYS DEC Lake Erie Fisheries Unit and to Matt Candeias for his insight into native aquatic plants.

It is my hope that my painting reflects the important work that the Duck Stamp Program does to preserve, maintain, help, and renew wetlands and all of the many species that depend on them.