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What’s up in May

Five White Ibis diptych, 20x40", acrylic on canvas

Five White Ibis diptych, 20x40", acrylic on canvas

During the month of May, the State of the Art Gallery presents new work from all of their members. It is an eclectic show with painting, photography, digital works, sculpture, mixed media, and video. I will be exhibiting three of the four panels in my Ibis series: Five White Ibis diptych, and White Ibis Group (4 adult and 1 juvenile). I started these paintings in spring of 2014 after a trip to Key West, where I saw these stunning birds for the first time. During that first spring, I realized that I had a good composition, a pleasing landscape, but lacked enough experience with these birds to finish them in a compelling way. I was not aiming for a
Ibis Group (4 Adults, 1 juvenile), 20x20", acrylic on canvas

Ibis Group (4 Adults, 1 juvenile), 20x20", acrylic on canvas

scientific avian illustration, but a convincing painting of birds as we see them. I do want them to feel right. I made two more trips to Florida in the succeeding years, Each time I had many opportunities to observe, photograph, and sketch. Each time I returned to my studio better equipped to continue refining the figures,  I am pleased to finally be able to share them. The show opens on Wednesday, May 4, and runs till the end of May, There will be a reception on Friday, May 6, 2016 from 5-8. may6-ibis_at_soag

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