Friday, September 14, 2012

"Beautiful" & "Majestic"

Beautiful is another in a series of bird paintings. I will never get tired of painting birds or photographing them. They have a seemingly endless array of poses and some of them really ham it up for the camera. This is another of the photos I took while in Perdido Key last year. It was a lovely vacation, spent chasing and walking the four legged children (dachshunds) from our condo on the Pass. It was unbearably hot when we went and we have vowed to never again vacation in the month of August. The pavement was so hot we could not walk the dogs on it unless it was early morning or late in the evening. We spent many a happy hour throwing a tennis ball for Frida while trapped in the tennis court fence. It helped to get out some of her energy so she would settle for the evening. The other two would chase her as she chased the ball, so everyone was worn out by the time we went back to the condo.
     Early evenings was when this big guy would show up. There was a dock behind the condos and people would fish. The hooks no sooner hit the water than our rather large begger would swoop in for the taking of fish. He was a beautiful sight, close up and personal, though wary of humans.
"Beautiful" Acrylic on canvas 20 x 20 day 72 of the 100 days~100 paintings

     Yet another pose by this imposing animal. I would sit in the evenings and watch as he flew in as soon as people started fishing off the dock. He would wander off during the day, but the evenings were when he would get an ample supply of fish that he promptly gobbled up. I also photographed this big guy catching and swallowing a snake. Interesting to say the least!

"Majestic" Acrylic on canvas 20 x 20 day 73 of the 100 days~100 paintings

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