Did You Get my Best Side?
8"x10" oil on panel
This past week I had the opportunity to paint at the Save Our Seabirds bird sanctuary in Sarasota. After scoping all the birds out I settled on this great blue heron. Certain that it would never stand still long enough for me to paint it I decided to do fill my canvas with quick "gesture drawing" painting studies as it paced around in his netted cage. However, not long after I began painting, it hopped up on this log and proceeded to model for me, posing perfectly still, for a couple hours! Every now and then it'd hop down to take a little stretch break, then go right back up in position.
(Below are some of the quick studies.)