Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Pardon My Back, 18 x 24

This is the first in a series and it's a bigger painting than I have been posting. I didn't pose these birds, they were standing exactly like this, so this was one of those paintings that got named before I started it.

While in the Everglades I got to see plenty of mangroves, mangrove forests and mangrove islands. What fascinating trees they are. They thrive in salty environments because they are able to obtain fresh water from saltwater. Some secrete excess salt through their leaves, and others block absorption of salt at their roots. Some present a beautiful abstract design with their roots...hmmm, that gives me an idea...