15" x 30"Gouache and acrylic on Illustration Board
While taking a short break from oil painting, I decided maybe it would be fun to create a fantasy beach scene using water media. Our beautiful Gulf beaches are constantly calling and during an outing in the spring these noisy fellows demanded attention. Both were interested in the same morsel of food in the sand allowing time to observe and take photos. Back in the studio it was time to play "what if?" What if they were vying for something fascinating, i.e., a tiny mermaid washed ashore, or a sparkling piece of lost jewelry, a torn piece of treasure map, or...what?
As I sketched while looking at an assortment of photos, these two birds and others in many poses, finally an idea! Why not let the gull and the plover argue over a game of colorful glass marbles?
This one was fun - early sketches included driftwood, more birds, and even an old bleached sea-swept stump and sea grass. This could be the beginning of a series! However, the oils are calling.