Thursday, February 07, 2013

Cecelia - SOLD

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Cecelia - SOLD

Cecelia sat by the surf, contemplating yet another herring.  Yes, fish was good for the waistline, but her need for something more comforting was ever present.  With one more look at the sea, she took to wing, heading for the nearest McDonald's parking lot to barter with the crows for left over french fries.

Yes, another small painting. I’m  on a bird track but I do have other paintings in the wings, large pieces that will start to take shape over the next few days.

I do love birds of all kinds but haven’t painted many of them and not a seagull, well herring gull in this case.  I find seagulls fascinating and living on the sea there are always hundreds of them around and they always seem to hang out at fast food restaurants.  Easy pickings I presume.  They are huge birds with bad tempers and a love for a fight with most any other bird that crosses their path.  I recall a particular scary encounter with gulls at Paignton Zoo years ago at an outdoor restaurant.

Despite that, I still think they’re beautiful and deserve a large painting of their own soon.


Celeste Bergin said...

ah....a lovely gull...!

Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Jeanette,
I most heartily agree with Celeste! You nailed this gull wonderfully. The eye is perfect and commands our attention. It's just a beautiful painting.
I really enjoyed your "Gull Notes", too.

Jeanette said...

Thanks Celeste. I think gulls are beautiful, but rather misunderstood creatures. An idea is in my head for a large painting...

Gary, hello. Thanks so much, glad you enjoy the gull. That eye gave me problems in painting it as its so small and I'm still not 100% happy with it, but are we ever?

All packed and champing at the bit to go? :)

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

big seagull problems here and in a nearby town, people are getting hurt by the gulls grabbing food right out of a persons hand or getting attacked :/

having said that, I do think they are really nice birds, great to see in flight.

really nice painting :) you did do a great job with that eye

Jeanette said...

They can be so aggressive, really quarrelsome birds too at times and so large that they can do damage if they get too close.

But still in the setting of the sea they fit right in I think.

And that eye...I must have wiped it half a dozen times before I was happy with it.