Monday, May 29, 2017
Ivory - In The Headwind ( Gull #3 )
An original acrylic painting, on stretched canvas
18 X 22"
( click on image to enlarge )
In my previous posting, of the seagull on the beach, I talked a bit about the problem
of trying to create a genuine feeling of movement, to the birds in paintings, especially
when the birds are painted as if in flight. All too often, the birds appear to be simply
suspended, as if on wires. This painting may have a little of that feeling of suspension,
but the use of the very active sky and sea as background, helps to convey a general
feeling of a bird aloft, sailing on the sea winds.
When I did this painting, it was my intention to paint an ivory gull, and keep it as such,
because it seems to me that there is always something more symbolic about white birds.
However, most of the people who live in the lower forty-eight states are not familiar with
ivory gulls. Far more are only familiar with the American herring gull. So, I finally gave in
and changed the bird to a herring gull. That is the reason that this version of the original
painting is not available.
For those who enjoy the image of the ivory gull, giclee, fine-art prints of the painting
are available, as is the case with most of the paintings I have posted on this blog.