Since spending a lot of life in Florida, the large water birds have become one of my favorite subjects. Part of the excitement of painting these magnificent creatures is the experience of getting out to take reference photos. To get this particular scene, I kayaked out into the Caloosahatchee River to bird island, close to our FL home. Bird island is a rookery for Wood Storks, Pelicans, Herons and Egrets. I even caught a glimpse of a Roseate Spoonbill this past winter. With camera in one hand, I had to hold onto a mangrove branch with the other to keep the river current from floating me away and the birds out of view. I couldn’t wait to get back to my computer to see if any of the images were paint worthy. The neighbors probably heard me cackle when I realized there were several great photos. Catching the birds in action means taking a lot of photos and hoping one comes out that is usable. Putting 2 images together I came up with this composition of nesting Great Egrets. Can you just imagine his relief when she told him that was the last twig needed for the nest?
This weekend, Aug 16 & 17, I will have ‘Last Twig’ oil 36×36 with me at the 39th AFB Woodland Art Fair, Lexington, KY. Please stop by my booth (#202) to see it and more of my latest work.
For more info on Woodland Art Fair visit http://www.lexingtonartleague.org/afb-woodland-art-fair.html