Bob Palmatier

Featured Original Paintings

The three paintings below are executed in opaque watercolor (gouache), with touches of pen and ink, on Fabriano Studio Hot Press watercolor paper. The subjects are all native mammals of the Southeast.

In the Piedmont, we often see both red foxes, and their counterparts, grey foxes. Red foxes dig burrows with compartments, while grey foxes use a number of shelters including tree hollows and burrows made by other mammals. Raccoons are omnipresent, it seems, and their "clever little hands" allow them to feel for crayfish underwater, or rummage through logs for grubs and much, much, more! Our common Black Bears often have "cinnamon" cubs. In this imaginary scene, these three cinnamon cubs, if you look closely at the expressions on their faces, are hot on the trail of: You tell me!



Three Little Foxes

"Three Little Foxes"
Image Size: 10 5/8" x 5"
SOLD
(Numbered prints available)

Double Trouble

"Double Trouble"
Image Size: 10 5/8" x 5"
$200 unframed, $240 framed
(Numbered prints available)

Cinnamon Bears

"Cinnamon Bears"
Image Size: 12 3/8" x 5"
$200 unframed, $240 framed
(Numbered prints available)





I have spent over twenty years studying the fascinating insects that fly at night in Piedmont NC, and have collected over 6 species of Giant Silkworm Moths that emerge from underground pupas and silk cocoons in the woods and hardwood forests to fly and find a mate, starting in April and ending in September, each species in succession. The best known of our Giant Silk Moths is the Luna Moth. In the painting below, a male and a female Luna Moth meet briefly over a stand of summer blooming Pickerel Weed flowers.

Lunas over Pickerel Weed

"Lunas over Pickerel Weed"
Image Size: 8" x 10"
$200 unframed, $240 framed
(Numbered prints available)





Swampy hardwood habitats like the wooded area behind where I live are likely to be home to Red-shouldered Hawks and Barred Owls. At night during the summer the owls hoot out "Who Cooks for You?" during mating, and nesting, and raising young owlets. During summer days the Red-shouldered hawks cry out "Kree! Kree!" as they hunt above the woods or glide down through the woods from tree to tree.

Red-Shouldered Hawk

"Red-Shouldered Hawk"
Image Size: 5.5" x 7.25"
$200 unframed, $240 framed
(Numbered prints available)

Little Strix, the Barred Owl

"Little Strix, the Barred Owl"
Image Size: 8.25" x 10.25"
$200 unframed, $240 framed
(Numbered prints available)





The humble Eastern Box Turtle is probably the most familiar turtle we encounter in the NC Piedmont. Unlike the Pond Sliders we can barely approach in a canoe without their "sliding" cleverly into the water, avoiding our capture and acquaintance, even a child can pick up the docile box turtle that wanders into our yard, or crosses the road in front of our car. They are examined, and their ability to close their shell and hide their heads, neck, feet and tail can be tested several times, before we release them and let them continue on their way. This painting was to be the beginning of a fourth book in my Endangered North American Turtle Series, entitled: Pumpkin's Dilemma.

Pumpkin's Dilemma

"Pumpkin's Dilemma"
Image Size: 7" x 10"
$500 unframed, $550 framed
(Numbered prints available)





My second children's book was titled "Neddy Mittens, The Polydactyl Cat". I found cats (of which my wife and I always have two), not to be compelling book sellers, and so I focused thereafter on turtle books. It was a good decision. I did paint a second painting to replace "Neddy Mitten's" first cover, though. There's little Neddy, of the seven front toes, on top of Mom, while five other kittens enjoy quality time feeding, or looking cute. The painting has always stirred me for some reason. But then again, Neddy is my personal cat!

Polydactyl Cats

"Pleasant Time"
Image Size: 7" x 10"
$300 unframed, $340 framed
(Numbered prints available)

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