Roseate Tern sculpture for the Faulkner's Island Light Brigade-
I carved this Roseate Tern sculpture for fundraising efforts for the Faulkner's Island Light Brigade. This sculpture/carving will be placed in a Silent Auction-
Falkner Island is a 2-hectare (4.5-acre) crescent-shaped island located in Long Island Sound about 5 km (3 mi) south of Guilford, New Haven Co., Connecticut at 41 degrees 13' N, 72 degrees 39' W. A detailed description of the island and its recent history is given in the book The Island Called Faulkner's by Joel Helander. Since the 1960s, Falkner Island has been the site of the largest Common Tern (Sterna hirundo ) and Roseate Tern (S. dougallii ) colony in Connecticut, and it is now the site of the third-largest Roseate Tern colony in the northeastern U.S.
For Details concerning the Silent Auction, please check the FILB's website:
Well, off to Maine for a long week of sea birding! We will be visiting Vinalhaven spending two days on a private charter with John Drury for Puffins, alcids, and that wondering Red-billed Tropicbird. We will also visit Monhegan, Eastern Egg Rock, Matinicus, and a few other offshore islands and locations. Hopefully we will have a fabulous trip. Keep watching for the report!
Keith Mueller, Killingworth
A Special Birding Experience- Bird Artists Migrate North to the UP of Michigan
Three weeks of enjoying birds with wood and oil paint!
Our host Jim Krausman works on his Owl (above) Bill Wilson (center below) and Marv Kivela (l) and Bob Harris (r)
Ron Duffy (above) and Bob Harris (below)
Dan Robidoux (left) and Mitch Townsend (right)
My long-time friend June Lyon (above)
Sam Hudson (above) and Bob Plocinski (below)
Bob Harris (above) June L. (center bottom)
(Above) Marv Kivela (right) Bob Weir (center right)
(Above) Jim Maas (l), Sandy Czajka (c), and Lorne Ruby (r) (Below)- Bill and Heather Wilson
(Above) Lorne Ruby- (Below) Bill W., June L., Heather W., and Jim K.
(Above) Bill Wilson's Owl and (below) June Lyon's Owl
(Above) Jim Maas, (below) Bill Wilson-
(Above- from bottom to top)- Lorne, Don Mahrle, Bob Plocinski, Dave Harmon, Sandy C., Ron Duffy, June L., and Bob Weir
(Below) Bob W., June L., and Sandy C.
(Above) Ron Duffy and (below) Don Mahrle
(Below) Jim Maas and Lorne R.
With the Owls carved and textured perfectly, the painting process begins. During the seminars, I give many demonstrations including bird anatomical studies, feather topography and morphology, Pterylography. Also discussions in composition and design techniques, color theory, color, paint color, paint properties, color mixing, brushing and blending techniques, and the most important brush loading and applications to just name a few.
(Above) June L. and (below) Sam Hudson
(Above) Jim Maas shows his beautifully carved Owl and (below) Mitch Townsend adds brush mastery to his Owl
June (above) and Mike Ford (below) add delicate painting details
(Below) Jim Maas layering his delicate brush srokes
Jim Krausman painting feather details on his quarter-sized "Smoothie" Sandhill Crane while working on his Owl.......
Bob Harris detailing the feather barring on his Owl (above), June L., and Bob W., (below)
Mike Ford (above) and Dave Harmon (below)
Bob Plocinski adding tiny details with his Kolinsky brush (above) and Lorne reviewing his notes (below)
Jim Maas adding crisp painted details to his Owl (above and below)
Marv Kivela and Bob Harris soft belending the painted details (below)
And of course, back outside with the Owls in the early painting stages to examine the effects of light effects.
Sam Hudson (above) with Lorne (below)
Bob Harris studying the lightplay on his Owl (below)-
Later in the painting process....
June L., (above) and Sandy C., (below)-
Mike Ford (above and below)-
Dave Harmon (below)
(Above)- Jim Maas evaluates his beautifully painted Owl-
(Below) (from bottom r) Michael Biggar, John Johnson, Michael Pierce, Mike Delke, Ron Stevens, Tony Duffee, Don Stannard, Howard Lindsay, Jim Koschman, Don Ladd and Dan Robidoux.
(Above from r to l)- Jesse Saar, Dan Robidoux, Jim Koschman, Sam Hudson, Howard Lindsay and Don Stannard.
(Above) Dan Robidoux and (below) Don Stannard
(Above from bottom r)- Tony Duffee, Ron Stevens, Mike Delke, Mike Pierce, John Johnson and Bill Wilson
Mike Pierce (above) and Bill Bergen (below)
John Johnson (above) and Michael Biggar (below)
Mike Delke (above) and Bob Stewart (yes Bob, I see what you are mixing with!) (below)
Sandy Czajka (above) and Tony Duffee (below)
Don Ladd (above)
Ron Stevens "scratching" his head (above) while Jim K. paints his feather details (below)-
Tony Duffee (above and below)
Mike Pierce (above) and John Johnson (below)
Michael Biggar (above and below)-
(Bottom row from l to r) Jim Koschman, Don Stannard, John Johnson, Ron Stevens, Jim Krausman. (Back row from l to r)- Howard Lindsay, Sam Hudson, Michael Pierce, Mike Delke, Sandy Czajka, Bill Wilson, Tony Duffee, Bob Stewart, Gerald Miller, Don Ladd, Bill Bergen, Michael Biggar and Dan Robidoux.
Also a Pale-billed Woodpecker I am carving inspired by the Pileated.
Here are a few images of two of the stunning birds completed by Lorne Ruby and Bill Wilson. Absolutely stunning!! I was impressed with everyone’s Woodpeckers, but mostly for everyone “stepping out-of –the-box” or “through the door” as I like to call it by painting the effects of lighting and shadows on their sculptures. Lorne and Bill’s artistic passions are clearly evident in these spectacular sculptures! WOW!!
"Sunset Northern Michigan" by Lorne Ruby (above and below)
Pileated Woodpecker by Bill Wilson (below) photography by Roy Barkhouse