Artist Painter Brenda D. Johnson's Wildlife and Nature Inspired Art

Brenda's Blog and Studio Journal features new works in progress and general updates. You can also follow Brenda on Facebook (search Facebook: Brenda D. Johnson Wildlife Art. (NEW!)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Nature Works ~ Tulsa here I come!

Well, it's that time again. The packing and boxing making ready for another wonderful art show in Tulsa.  I'm looking forward to seeing everyone again and catching up on all that's new and making new friends (always an added bonus!).  

I've put together some very different challenging paintings for this show.  These new works are a push from my more recognizable subjects.    The peacock shown in this update is one of the most difficult complex paintings I've done in some time.  Literally every square inch is detailed with fine strokes defining each feather.  

If you are in the Oklahoma area the weekend of March 5th and 6th, please come by and enjoy this amazing show.  Stop by my booth and say "Hello"!     Here is the link for location and activities over the weekend.

To preview the new originals and new Limited Edition Prints available, please visit my main website at:  All the new images have been added.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Red Fox

Untitled Red Fox small work of 5" x 7" is now complete.   

I'll have to come up with a name on this one.
"A story to tell" maybe ??  He is definitely yipping it up about something.   :-)

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

After working on several complex paintings a nice little 5" x 7" to sooth the soul.  

This little Red Fox baby has it's song to sing.  The sun will glow through that fist coat of fur brightly creating a lovely halo.     

The day is broken up by appointments then back to the studio to finish this little guy and on to the next painting already drawn on to the canvas.

My husband wants me to paint a bison.  So in his honor, one Yellowstone Bison.  

I'm also working on a nice kitty for a dear lady friend in Kansas.  It's a beautiful domestic cat with very unique markings and coloring.   Though I have little time for commissions this time of the year.  This painting should be a delight to do.   I'm looking forward to it.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Red-Earred Slider ~ On the easel

Here is an update of the current turtle painting.  At this point, I've managed the back ground, painted in the Turtles and working on the surface features of the water.  Bubbles and green algae.  A perfect addition to any thick pond or creek water.  Yuk!  ha ha ha!

Look for the completed painting soon up on my main web site.  I'll also be adding the completed Peacock painting at the same time.  (web designer willing, lol)

Red-Earred Slider ~ On the easel

A few weeks ago, I started a group of Red Earred Turtles.  Here I've just started filling in the basic base coat on the turtles and logs in this shot.  This painting is an 8" x 18" vertical acrylic on canvas.

These and other fresh water turtles are extremely shy.  First site of anyone getting a bit too close and off they plunk into the water.

I must have had literally dozens of shots deleted just showing a splash!

The Ohio River and it's creeks are full of Red-Earred Sliders, Snapping Turtles and one other type.  This was my main source for observation.  They love that thick green algae or muddy type water.   The visibility in their preferred ponds and creeks is low.    Sounds pretty gross to us but they are thriving here and are in abundance.

I've placed this group of five on a rather wide piece of Real Estate but often they would be tottering on the slenderest of branch soaking up the warmth of the sun.  Anything sticking out of the water is fair game for sun worshiping.   They are quit comical to me.