We're an online artist community sharing ways to create and sell art. Try one of our easy websites for artists or just browse around and enjoy!

One look at his huge selection of giclée prints and you can immediately tell that James Kinnett has a special place in his heart for wildlife—preferably wildlife with wings. And while James may specialize in birds, his watercolor and oil painting expertise has quite a large wingspan, too. James has tried his hand at historical scenes, barn-filled landscapes, lighthouses and aquatic wildlife, and succeeds every time.

In First Catch, below, a little blue and white bird was rewarded with his first meal of the day, but the first thing to catch my eye was the striking contrast between the dark background and the spindled branches of a tree at the height of autumn.


With his long pointed beak firmly clamped around a small fish, this bird sits resolutely on a stable branch, warily surveying the area for predators who might steal the breakfast he worked so hard for. Streaming light casts a fine, healthy sheen on the bird’s breast and turns the amber leaves varying colors of molten lava.

Zooming out slightly, in this next painting the sun sets aglow St. John’s Road Barn and ignites an air of magic amidst a serene moment in the country. Only a few wild blades of grass peek through snowdrifts this late in the year, as the last few birds cut south through crisp air.


The scene may appear somewhat stark, but it captures a special moment of quietness and solitude that many people have probably never had the chance to experience—one achingly reminiscent of winters in Nebraska where the sun descends over barren trees and coldness ascends from newly-formed shadows.

Lastly, murky green water can’t conceal the acute, beady eyes of these Diving Redheads as they frantically search for dinner among fronds of water weeds.


Hundreds of bubbles rush to keep up with the rapid plucking motions of the focused birds as they hunt. Ripples on the water’s surface create spots of speckled light and hints of shadow that vary at the depths of each bird. As the sun struggles to make its way down past the aquatic plants, the flurry of activity from the group of birds stirs up sediment, clouding the water and making their efforts even more difficult.

If you have a few minutes today, head over to James’s website and check out just how beautiful and interesting marine life can be. I guarantee it’ll be worth it!

*Note: this post may contain affiliate links*

A true lover of art and portraiture, San Francisco-based painter Akira Beard fully immerses himself into the creative world. Whether participating in exhibitions and art charities, or teaching art in his non-profit “Art With Elders” program and at his fine art anatomy class at the Academy of Art University, it’s obvious he lives for creating—and. . . read more

More related articles
If you're looking for something else. . .
Love the Easel?

Subscribe to our totally free weekly newsletter for artists. Sign up today!

Art Contests
More art contests. . .
Other Stuff
EE Writers
Cassie Rief Niki Hilsabeck Lisa Orgler Carrie Lewis Aletta de Wal Phawnda Moore

If you'd like to write for EmptyEasel, let us know!

We love publishing reader-submitted art tutorials, stories, and even reviews.Submit yours here!
© 2006-2018 EmptyEasel.com About Contact Sitemap Privacy Policy Terms of Use Advertise