Monday, July 11, 2011

MacGillivray's Warbler 5" x 5" acrylic


This beautiful species of warbler was hanging around our riverside campsite last week with his mate. MacGillivray's warblers favor dense understory where they build their nests low to the ground. Every morning around 8am or so the pair would emerge and flit from branch to branch in plain site, then make their way back into the thick bushes. I kept trying to locate the hidden nest but failed as I didn't want to disturb them. However, inspiration came from this experience and this painting is the result. This male is looking up, which I thought added some intrigue. Is he looking at an insect as a meal opportunity or is he looking to gain a better vantage point from a higher branch?

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