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"Misty Morning" - 16x20” - Acrylic on Canvas -

This scene is purely imagination. I wanted to paint a misty waterfall but also add a fantasy vibe. The foreground was the toughest part but I think I accomplished my goal when Sara saw the finished piece and told me it looked like something out of Narnia.

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"Stately" - 9x12” - Acrylic on Canvas -

I’ve done a number of heron paintings in the past but wanted to try a close up scene. This heron caught my eye with his stately pose and elegant feathers. The photo that inspired this piece was actually all bright greens and yellows but I wanted something more calm and subdued for the background. It was a challenge getting the color palette right but overall I’m very pleased with the result.

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"Autumn Trail" - 9x12” - Acrylic on Canvas -

I wanted to paint another fall scene similar to “Brilliant Path” but this time with more trees. The photo that inspired this painting actually had a rocky stream instead of a path so it took some work to get the depth and lighting right. Overall, I really enjoyed this piece. It flowed smoothly and the autumn colors were fun to work with.

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"Cold Blooded" - 12x9” - Acrylic on Canvas -

I had a request to paint a bearded lizard and thought it would make a fun challenge. This painting was surprisingly quick in spite of all the detail work and went really smoothly. My favorite part was playing with the colors in his scales and the reflected light on his underbelly.

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Happy New Year!!

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TIME STAMPS:
⁣0:00 - "Welcome to Inspiration"
1:00 - "Abounding Grace"
2:06 - "Marooned"
3:07 - "Dreary Path"
4:06 - "Jubilant Path"
5:10 - "Ol' Blue Eyes"
5:50 - "Black Magic"
7:43 - "Once Upon a November"
8:43 - "Just Married"
9:55 - "Crackle"
11:11 - "Ablaze"
12:08 - "Drama Road"
12:52 - "Time to Go"
13:56 - "Gotcha"
15:12 - "In the Limelight"
16:09 - "Rise and Shine"
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#acrylicpainting #poetry #poetryreading

"A Grand Day Out" - 11x14" - Acrylic on Panel -

Path scenes always make great paintings. There’s something about a path leading off into the distance that captures the imagination and spurs creativity. I loved the depth in this one and the opportunity to create distance using different grass textures. The clouds were also fun and I hope this whole painting makes the viewer want to get out and walk in some fresh, clean air and sunshine.

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"The Hills Are Alive" - 11x14" - Acrylic on Panel -

This painting went incredibly smoothly and was probably one of my fastest yet. I’m always satisfied when I can use simple strokes to bring a creation to life and this piece seemed to embody that technique completely. It’s a simple scene, but I think the contrast of colors and the peaceful landscape give it a charm all its own.

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MUSIC:
Heartwarming by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
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Eternal Hope by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
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"Halloween Town" - 11x14” - Acrylic on Panel -

Happy Halloween! To celebrate this year, I thought it would be fun to create this spooky scene. Last year I did a jack-o-lantern and couldn’t resist throwing a few into this painting too. It took a bit of work to design the piece as a whole but I’m happy with how it turned out and particularly enjoyed creating the full moon.

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MUSIC:
Spooky Ride by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
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"Resting Place" - 11x14” - Acrylic on Panel -

I actually used to build my own wooden panels for painting when I lived in Louisiana. Then I moved to PA, and I didn’t have access to those tools anymore so I switched to canvas. I’m grateful for all the experience I gained with both mediums. Each has its pros and cons and although canvas is more forgiving to brushes and has a nice bounce, panel allows for more precise detail and a deeper depth of color. Considering this piece sold within hours of me finishing it, I think my switch back to panel was a great success! lol

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"Polar Magic" - 12x16” - Acrylic on Canvas -

Once again, this painting was inspired by some fantasy landscapes I’ve seen recently. This time, I wanted to include an animal and thought a polar bear would be a fun addition. Imaginative pieces like this are always a challenge since I have no specific reference to use, but I think I managed to capture the scene I was going for. Creating the bear was probably my favorite part and I really enjoyed playing around with the reflected light in his fur.

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"Midday" - 12x16" - Acrylic on Canvas -

After doing a lot of colorful fall paintings, I wanted to go back to a more evergreen landscape. This scene caught my eye with its dramatic cliffs and rough water. It actually took several reworkings to get the river the way I wanted, but the rocks were effortless and I’m satisfied with the piece as a whole. Sara says it reminds her of the old Sonic the Hedgehog video game on Sega lol.

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"Distant" - 11x14” - Acrylic on Canvas -

Every Saturday afternoon, my wife and I try to play video games with our niece. This piece was inspired by some of those fantasy landscapes. I wanted to create a scene that somewhat resembled Earth, but had more dramatic rock formations. Usually, a piece like this without a specific reference would take more time, but this painting flowed smoothly and I really enjoyed creating it.

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"Fire in the Sky" - 12x16" - Acrylic on Canvas -

After “Unleashed” I wanted to try another lightning painting, but this time a bit more unusual. The bright oranges in this scene caught my eye and I loved playing around with the gradients in the clouds and water. It was difficult achieving the softness in the clouds without sacrificing the brilliance of the lightning, but overall I’m satisfied with how this piece turned out.

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"Free" - 11x14” - Acrylic on Canvas -

When looking for more painting inspiration, this scene kept coming across my path but I always got distracted by something else. I loved the color scheme and really enjoyed creating the soft, misty background. The horse’s body was rather challenging though and I had to keep reworking it until I was satisfied. My favorite part was creating the glow of light in the mane and tail.

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"Wander" - 11x14” - Acrylic on Canvas -

I grew up in West-Central Louisiana on the borders of Kisatchie National Forest. My siblings and I used to take ATVs out and drive through the forest. This scene reminds me strongly of those days. I hope the viewer feels a dreamy quality, like that of a distant, hazy memory.

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https://pixabay.com/photos/wood-nature-landscape-fall-shine-3119829/
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"Empty Seat" - 11x14” - Acrylic on Canvas -

One of our commenters on YouTube described this painting best…”the sunlight never ceases to come through no matter where we are in our worlds.” Originally, I finished this piece without adding that ray of sunshine, but it felt too dark, too dreary and devoid of life. I hope that the warm glow of the sun reminds other viewers that even when life is empty, the sun can and will shine again.

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MUSIC:
Air Prelude by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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"Golden Hour" - 11x14” - Acrylic on Canvas -

I follow a lot of photographers on Instagram, but Justin DeRosa has to be one of my favorites. He takes a lot of gorgeous photos of Bucks County, but also does some really clever macro shots using Lego characters. This piece was inspired by a photo he took in Illinois on a recent road trip. The contrast of colors and the perfect composition made it a true joy to paint!

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PHOTO INSPIRATION:
Special thanks to photographer Justin DeRosa! His work is truly incredible!
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"Regal" - 12x9” - Acrylic on Canvas -

One of my mom’s favorite animals is a rooster. She has chicken decorations all through her kitchen and I thought it would be fun to paint one for the channel. I really enjoyed all the detail work in the face and comb. Usually, such intricate strokes can be tedious, but this painting flowed really smoothly. Only the feathers were a bit troublesome, but I think the touches of green added something out of the ordinary to this piece.

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"Twin Falls" - 11x14” - Acrylic on Canvas -

I’ve enjoyed painting waterfalls in the past, and this scene was no exception. Although the sun burst was a bit challenging, the water texture was fun to play with. I wanted this piece to feel cool and refreshing but also a little mysterious, so I kept the background soft and the color palette somewhat monochrome.

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"Snoop Green” - Acrylic on Rock -

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"Through the Woods" - 16x20” - Acrylic on Canvas -

This is a larger, alternate version of "You're Invited." I wanted to try that piece again with more detail and added a walled road this time. It was a bit tricky at first. I had to redo the lighting and texture several times before being satisfied with it. The sun burst was the most enjoyable part and I had fun creating the light, fluffy snow texture on the trees. Sara named this piece "Through the Woods" since she said it reminds her of an old song.

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"Tick Tock" - 12x16” - Acrylic on Canvas -

I painted a dragon in “Time to Go” but realized that I’ve never actually painted a lizard. I thought it would be cool to try a crocodile and was instantly captured by the dramatic eeriness of this scene. The skin texture was really fun to create and I enjoyed playing up its color against the water. The water itself was a bit tricky though and I had to redo it several times before being satisfied with it. This is actually one of my favorite videos to date. I think Sara was spot on with the music and it perfectly complements the eerie mood I was going for!

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"Eruption" - 12x9” - Acrylic on Canvas -

After painting several pieces depicting dramatic forces of nature (like “Ablaze” and “Unleased”), I realized I hadn’t yet tried painting a volcano. I’ve really enjoyed painting fire in the past and this piece was no exception. The whole thing went really smoothly and I’m really pleased with the contrast of the complimentary colors. Sara says the only thing that’s missing is a dragon or some weary hobbits! Lol

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"Self-Portrait" - 12x9” - Acrylic on Canvas -

Someone asked me to paint a sloth recently and I chose this scene because I thought this guy’s position was rather comical. It took some work to find the right fur colors, but the background was a lot of fun to create. I titled the piece “Self-Portrait” since I honestly feel a little slothful at times. Sara tells me that’s ridiculous and I guess she’d be the best judge, but I still think it’s a fun title!

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"The Flow of Spring" - 11x14” - Acrylic on Canvas -

I wanted to do another spring scene and thought this stream would make a really nice painting. Finding the right mix of colors was a bit of a challenge though. I wanted the pinks, blues, and greens to be in the same tonal range so that the viewer’s eye could move smoothly over the piece without being halted by any one area. Overall, I think I accomplished my goal and I really enjoyed creating the rock and tree textures. I think this is one of my new favorite pieces.

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MUSIC:
Heartwarming by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
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Eternal Hope by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
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Hi there! I'm Timothy Stanford, acrylic landscape and wildlife painter. My work is a constant journey of discovery as I strive to achieve a reasonable balance between personal style and realism. Each painting is a new challenge and an opportunity for growth. My main focus is the study of light as it plays across glorious landscapes, majestic wildlife, and sometimes...mythical worlds.

Art does not exist without an artist. An intelligent mind uses specific means to bring an idea to life on canvas, paper, or a piece of wood. In light of that fact, I believe that everything in the natural world was created by an intelligent and artistic Designer and I seek to showcase the wisdom and beauty of that Great Artist’s creation in two ways; first in the act of creating art and second in the art itself.