Sunday, September 16, 2012

Whooping Cranes Dance at Dusk

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Dance at Dusk__10 x 30 oil on linen__available at Wind Way Gallery in Rockport, TX

Here is a new painting I just delivered to Rockport's Wind Way Gallery. They had a wonderful reception for my guest exhibit opening on Friday night. LOTS of my Rockport pals came in, and I also got to make a whole bunch of new friends.
This painting is one I have been dying to do since February when I was lucky enough to photograph a pair of whooping cranes as they took flight at dusk. My photos were terrible usual, but I could piece things together for this painting.
Whooping cranes are HUGE. They are very endangered and rather difficult to happen upon. My earliest memory of whooping cranes is that when I was 10 years old, I learned that there were only about 20 of these birds left in the whole world! I remembered being very sad about that, and hoping I could see them one day! Now there are over 300, but that makes them very very endangered. Disease or bad weather can wipe out many at a time...My friend Deam Harrigal in South Carolina is the Biologist at the Donnelley Wildlife Refuge, so he had been watching this pair for a while, and took us there to see them.
Here are some locations for a few of my workshops. email me if you want more info on any of these...
I can't wait to see the water go down the drain BACKWARDS there!
September, 20, 27__Austin___ "Chocolates and Chiaroscuro" contact V...,. 
Oct. 28-30__Texas__at Fredericksburg Artists School
2013___New York City, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania...
2014___February 23-March 1___New Zealand

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KJ said...

The darker silhouettes of the cranes standing out from the pastel background of the clouds make this painting not only realistic but also pleasing to the veiwer's eye.

Jake Swartzel said...

I really like the contrast of the wings to the sky

The shading and values are also bery well done.