I have started a new series in an uncharacteristic style for me. I tend towards abstraction but shifted to a more representational approach for this particular project. After reading about the global catastrophic decline in avian species last year, I started to sketch and research birds to increase my connection and knowledge. This is the Piping Plover, or Charadrius melodus, whose population was severely reduced over the last century from habitat destruction. Their preferred nesting zones are wide open, sandy shorelines – the same areas preferred for residential and commercial development.
Their population is making a comeback, having recently received “near threatened” status, and subsequently removed from the IUCN Red List. However, there is still a lot of work to be done, especially in the Great Lakes Region.
If you want to read more, this is an excellent resource: www.greatlakespipingplover.org/.
Original watercolor on watercolor paper, framed
The frame: 26.5 x 19.25″
The piece: 22.5 x 15.25″
The painted area: 7.25 x 14.75″