A few years ago, I was up before dawn watching the birds above me. These flight patterns, these imprints into air, space, and sky were gorgeous and stayed with me. Contour drawings of different species’ flights came first, then a handful of paintings, later even more and now a collection.
The belted kingfisher is a familiar presence along my local bike trail beside the Roaring Fork river. It’s distinctive flight pattern is easy to spot. The kingfisher’s flight is so erratic that they seem tipsy but these patterns translate well to paper. I pulled the color palette from the river moss and wet rock. Black watercolor strokes.
Watercolor on paper, in a contemporary white frame.
19″ x 27″