Sunday, May 27, 2012

Pelican Post

This sketch is of Eagle Beach in Aruba.  Our cruise ship stopped there one day last December.  It was an odd day, cloudy and a bit rainy to start with, and very humid for us Canadians who were used to a dry cold climate.  We are also not used to rain that is warm and pleasant. It stopped raining, and became hot and beautiful.  There were lots of lizards of many kinds on this island.  The sky remained dramatic and overcast, which was really good for taking photos.  Towards the end of the afternoon on Eagle Beach, the heat and humidity were almost enervating.  The pelicans were resting on these perches in between diving for fish.  The overcast sky showed their distinctive silhouettes with their swooping beaks and awkward wing humps.  They really are unmistakable in profile.  I wanted to capture the beautiful colours of the water and the dramatic sky behind the pelicans.
Watercolor in the Handbook sketchbook (which I really like!).  


Nature’s prime favourites were the Pelicans;
High-fed, long-lived, and sociable and free.
        Montgomery—Pelican Island. Canto V. L. 144.

7 comments:

Carolyn Dube said...

You have captured the birds so well! The colors in the sky are perfect for the way you described your day there.

Shirley said...

What a way to preserve those memories. Dramatic sky and great silhouettes.

Timaree said...

I've heard two people say they love the handbooks but I've heard others say they don't. I almost got one at Dick Blick but they cost quite a bit now and I already have plenty of different ones to fill. Someday I might try them out.

Your pelicans look restful with that blue water and cloudy sky. Nice picture and memory!

Alena said...

Wow, these look awesome!

Could you tell me what kind of handbook you use? I'm very curious of artist's sketchbooks.

nanke's stuff said...

This is lovely and I love all the colors in the water you captured! nancy

ElasticUnicorn said...

What a lovely painting :-)
Fantastic!
Stew.
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Ruth Cox said...

You have captured sky and pelican beautifully. I think that pelican on the left is eyeing a fish in the water!

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