Shane is a full-time freelance illustrator. He does primarily book covers http://www.blot.com/. As most of his work is done on the computer he misses painting. On January 1 he started a project, committing to do a painting every day of 2019. So far, he has not missed a day. If that wasn't enough, he coerced his wife, Marla, into painting with him for the month of May, both painting the same subject. Marla is an artist with fabric but had never painted before this month. She's turned out some delightful pieces. They're a mix of still life, New Zealand and American landscapes, wildlife and figurative.
Today is the last day of painting for her but Shane will continue with one painting a day for the rest of the year. His project is called, 'Just Keep Painting'. You can see (and purchase) his work here. http://www.justkeeppainting.com/ Shane's little oils are all 6" x 8" or thereabouts, unframed. They sell for US $100 each plus shipping. Marla's are US $50 each. Shane, Marla and their three kids also live in New Zealand.
My son, Shane Rebenschied, is a full-time illustrator. He does mainly book covers but also advertising and magazines. His work leaves little time for fun painting, so at the beginning of this year, he started a painting project called Just Keep Painting. He made a commitment to do a painting a day for all of 2019. Wow - that's 365 pieces! He's keeping them small - 6" x 8" or thereabouts so that he can complete one in an hour or two each morning. He's posting them on his website, Just Keep Painting, where they're available for sale at US$100 each plus $10 shipping. They're of varied subject matter - landscapes from both New Zealand (where he and his family live) and North America, architectural and animals. He started this project to experiment, to explore different techniques and painting tools such as brushes and painting surfaces. The first 31 pieces from January are up - so take a look! http://www.justkeeppainting.com/
This little guy could be a male Broad-tailed Hummingbird, found in the western U.S. Or it could be a Ruby-throated Hummingbird found in the eastern U.S. They're similar and I haven't painted enough detail to define the difference.
The Lesser Yellowlegs is a North American wader, but I checked my New Zealand bird guide just to make sure they aren't found here. Some arctic migrants such as the bar-tailed godwit, turnstone and red-necked stint spend the summer in New Zealand. I was surprised to see the lesser yellowlegs in my New Zealand bird guide, but it's considered a 'rare arctic migrant'. It's occasionally seen on New Zealand lakes and estuaries.
Today's little oil study is a male pintail. I like painting water so a duck seemed a good choice for the day. It's been difficult to get a decent photo of it. This will have to do for now until it is dry enough for me to scan it.
I often see New Zealand Pied Stilts at Te Haumi, a few miles from where I live. Such beautiful, graceful birds - they remind me of dancers. They're very similar to the Black-necked Stilt that you see in North America.