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New paintings uploaded to Oregon Endangered Species series

I just posted to paintings in the Oregon Endangered Species series: Marbled Murrelet and Western Snowy Plover. They are 12 x 12 inches each.

The photo below shows the Streaked Horned Lark an Yellow-billed Cuckoo fresh off my easel. They are on my “drying wall”. I will photograph them after they have dried a little. They are also 12 x 12 inches.

What’s on my easel? It’s a secret.

ON my easel

Well, nothing at the moment. Nut this one was there yesterday. I am working on several projects so this one got swapped out for a couple of days. This is from my figurative project. It’s the only glimpse you will have for awhile. I have already finished one and have a ew more to go!
Painting on my easel

So, what if you were the last one of your kind on earth?

So, what if you were the last one of your kind on earth?

It’s strange to think about; almost inconceivable (i.e. hard to wrap ones head around). I am adding more work to my series called The Last One Standing?.

I started the series when I was in graduate school. It’s paintings of animals that are on the Federal Endangered Species list. They are on the brink of extinction. One of them may really be the last one standing. It’s a sobering thought, to be the last one.

In the grand scheme of life on this planet, species come into, and others go out of, existence. I feel sad when it is we humans who are responsible for their demise. However, I use a question mark in the series title because some species have come back from the brink. That’s nice.

I live in Oregon, so I am painting Oregon endangered species (I painted Connecticut birds when I lived there). Why birds? No reason. I will include other animals in the future.

The first two I chose are the Marbled Murrelet and the Western Snowy Plover. I incorporate printed information about the animals into my paintings; their habits, habitat, and so on. They are oil on paper, 12 by 12 inches. The photo shows them still on my easel; just finished!

Bird paintings on my easel

In my studio – Endangered Species

In my studio – Endangered Species

I have returned to a theme I love, wild animals. I created a successful series of endangered birds while I was in graduate school in Connecticut. I live in Oregon, now, so my first few paintings will be endangered birds in Oregon. You can see them in my artwork pages.

The first two I chose are the Marbled Murrelet and the Western Snowy Plover. I incorporate printed information about the animals into my paintings; their habits, habitat, and so on. That’s what’s in the photo, along with a drawing of a Marbled murrelet in my sketchbook.

Drawing of a marbled murrelet

New Watercolor – St Johns Bridge, Portland, Oregon

My latest Watercolor in my Portland Landmarks series – St Johns Bridge. It spans the Willamette River in North Portland.

St Johns Bridge, Portland, OR (Michael Liebhaber, Watercolor & Ink, 11x14 in., 2016)

St Johns Bridge, Portland, OR (Michael Liebhaber, Watercolor & Ink, 11×14 in., 2016)

Celebrating Portland, Oregon

I’m still working on my series of watercolors of Portland landmarks. This one is the Portland sign at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Broadway.

Portland Sign (Michael Liebhaber, Watercolor & Ink, 11 x 14 inches, 2016)

Portland Sign (Michael Liebhaber, Watercolor & Ink, 11 x 14 inches, 2016)

My harshest critic

I am taking a break – I was working on my Portland-area Landmarks watercolors most of the day today. The list of paintings in this series in below. They will all be 11×14 inches.

Foxy looking at burnside bridge 450

We’re checking my progress on the Burnside Bridge.

It’s one of the many bridges over the Willamette River that connect east and west Portland. East Portland is pictured. Downtown (west) Portland was behind me as I sketched.


Watercolors in the Portland Landmarks series:

Burnside Bridge
Portland Outdoor Store
Portland Theater Sign
Powells Books
St Johns Bridge
Voodoo Doughnuts
Downtown Portland from Burnside Bridge