Monday, April 09, 2012

Pelican

Every time I've been in Mexico or the Caribbean, I am fascinated by the pelicans.  They are so big and ungainly on land, but in the sky they are graceful and lovely.  When they fold their wings in, and plummet like an arrow to the water to scoop up their fish, they are quite wonderful. Sharp-eyed and lightning fast, they can be deceptive.  On our last trip, we frequently saw them perched on old wooden pilings sticking up out of the water - one pelican on each perch.  I wondered if they each had their designated perch or if they even cared about things like that.  I like the way their black feathers etch against the brilliant blue sky.
Watercolor pencils in the oddly curved sketchbook.

6 comments:

raena said...

Wonderful sketch! We seem to have some pelicans that have decided to take up residence on our lake. I've been watching them land and take off on the water. They were never there when I was young, but I am happy they decided to move in!

Alex said...

These are giants! I'm always so amazed by how they're able to fly and glide in the air with grace like that. Beautifully drawn!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

He looks like he is soaring the sky ~ great sketch ~thanks, namaste, ^_^

Shirley said...

Love seeing your pelican. Not sure I've ever seen one outside a zoo.

Cathy Holtom said...

I've never seen a pelican fly either...thanks for sharing your experience!

Ann said...

Wonderful drawing! I like watching pelicans too. Whenever we are at the beach we make it a point to count the pelicans flying on patrol.