Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Blackwater Morning 8" x 10" acrylic

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is a special place - particularly in the fall when migrating ducks and geese stop over. I spent a lot of time in this spot when I traveled to the Waterfowl Festival last year and have done several paintings. What struck me about this composition is the depth created by the wispy seed heads of the phragmites, a cattail-like reed common to wetland environments. For me, predawn is the most exciting time in a refuge as the wildlife is the most active and although there are not any birds in this painting, they certainly were present on this morning. I am looking forward to going back to the show again this November!

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