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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Drying Off, 6x6 Oil on Canvas Panel

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I was going to paint this Anhinga in the Everglades with its wings spread, which is its typical pose. These birds don't have oily feathers, so they must air-dry after being in the water. When I looked at its head, I found it so distinct and comical, I decided to paint just the head instead.    PURCHASE
The Usual Pose
So many birds are funny. The other day we watched people across the street trying to shoot a video commercial, and there were five people whose efforts were completely thwarted by a mockingbird. The bird sits on a very high pole every day and sings as loud as its little lungs can muster, which is pretty darn loud. The people were banging the pole, jumping up and down, waving their arms, but the mockingbird just sang his happy little song. They had to move inside to shoot the commercial.