This painting is somewhat of a departure from my normal realism. Although the pintail is realistically painted, the rest is somewhat abstracted. The inspiration to paint in this contemporary style came from a painting of an oak tree that a friend of mine bought and I thought that a contemporary painting with wildlife in it could be just as intriguing. I feel good about the results - so much so, in fact, that I am going to paint some more. (I've already finished a quail like this - look for it tomorrow).