Snowy on Gull Point
14 x 11 inches acrylic on canvas
Our area has been very blessed this winter season with an irruption of Snowy Owls in the North East of the US. Right here on our state park of Presque Isle we have had one Snowy Owl after another. On just about any given day you can hike out to Gull Point to see the owls. We have had so many it has brought visitors in from the Tri-State Region plus some southern states. I just wish I had more time to hike out to photograph the birds. My 300 lens on my Nikon is just barely adequate to get some reference shots. The nature photographers all have 500 + lens and get some really great shots that everyone has been seeing on the internet. So my advantage to painting is I can add or subtract from the landscape to make the painting flow.
Here is the photo I worked from for reference. As you can see I added elements to my painting that are not in the photo. I know the landscape well at Gull Point so it was easy to add the spit pool which are on the point. This point is at the tip of our natural peninsula along the shore of Lake Erie. It is beautiful and vast. During April through November it is closed to visitors for shore bird nesting. There is a platform you can walk to during those months but the shoreline is off limits.
This was my first time using an easel to paint with. Wow what a difference it was painting at an upright angle. I'm really excited with my new easel which will double as a studio and field easel. I'm planning to try some Plien Air Painting this summer and Presque Isle will be the perfect place to paint.
By the time I reached this point in the painting I had to take it off the easel because I am used to turning my artwork upside down and sideways to check on my perspective. I've always done this as it helps me to see a little more clearly. It went back onto the easel again for the foreground work.
The painting then sat for a day before the final touches. And now it is ready for the show coming up in Ripley, NY. See my exhibition page for more info.
Stay warm and take care. Enjoy!
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