Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Animal Wednesday : Gliding Free


This is a detail from a painting I sold last year. I regret not having a full picture of it because it's one of my favorites. The full view has the pelicans entering from the left with a lot of room on the right yet to go. Your eyes want to follow them across the canvas on their journey.

I used to sit on a bench by the bay with an elderly couple and we'd count pelicans. It was a wonderful way to spend time outside as well as keeping a lonely couple company. The man has since passed away and I don't see his wife anymore. She only lives just up the street from the bench by the bay, yet she can't bring herself there without her long-time companion. Today I can't look at a pelican without thinking of them both.

Happy Animal Wednesday, my friends. May you enjoy your journey.

19 comments:

  1. I wish we could see the whole thing too. Wonderful blues and birds are always awesome.

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  2. and HAW to you too, we all need to go and count birds to get away from the stresses of everyday life!

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  3. Oh this is so gorgeous!!! Just love it.

    HAW

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  4. HAW-I've lived near two pelican migration stopping point lakes-I love it when they visit.

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  5. I used to walk to the beach every day when I lived in Ventura, and every day there would be the pelicans. Or pterodactyls as I liked to call them. Your painting just brought back such pleasant memories of those days. Really beautiful! I can imagine what the whole thing must have looked like.

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  6. I love the colors in this and the different positions of the wings - I would also love to see the whole painting - HAW

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  7. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR LOLO....HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Did you hear me? Hope you are having a fab-oo day!

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  8. This is a wonderful painting "part" I can only imagine the entire thing, I just love pelicans.

    We (my dog and I) go to beach every morning and watch the pelicans and dolphins fish. When my husband is around he always adds this WWII voiceover "pilot to bombadier, pilot to bombadier" which cracks me up.

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  9. It's beautiful. very peaceful feel to it.

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  10. I love your pelican painting and the charming story behind it. You have such a wonderful life there by the sea.

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  11. Lovely pelicans! Pity that we can't see the rest of the painting.

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  12. This brought a tear to me eye :( It is so beautiful!

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  13. wow, this is a lovely painting. beautiful progression! thanks for sharing.

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  14. very poignant...
    needed this flight very much...
    thanks

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  15. The part reproduced is particularly fine. I would love to see the whole piece.

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