Stars of the Shore
7" x 14", SOLD
If you've ever been at the beach and spotted some tiny birds running along the water's edge, their legs moving so fast that they're just a blur of motion, you are probably looking at sanderlings. Here in Ontario you can find them in the spring and fall during their migration to and from their Arctic breeding grounds. Juveniles, like these two in my painting, have a "spangled" feather pattern that I find incredibly beautiful. I wanted them to look as colourful and dynamic in my painting as they are in real life, which was an artistic challenge since they are mostly black and white. To give them a subtle glow, I painted them in a range of blue-violet tones before adding the darker details over top. I also modified the setting to create the feeling of sparkling light.