14 Mar Bottle Beach Bottleneck Breaks
Posted March 13, 2014 from Seattle WA
I rushed to get the painting Bottle Beach ready for last year’s Shorebird Festival in Hoquiam. I published a few copies of the early version and they were on sale at the Festival and at the store, but I removed them from soon after and have been working on it pretty hard off and on all year. But in January, I nearly gave up. Bottleneck at Bottle Beach. This is what the painting looked like then:
When I spent a lot of time looking at it it bothered me because of the composition. It had great compositional motion from the big Black-bellied Plover down through the Ruddy Turnstone and the first group, but the group on the left seemed jarringly unbalanced compared to the group on the left, and for a while I began to think the only way to solve it was to continue the painting on two more panels to the left, which would have been a lot of work.
Today when I was working on it I had what I thought was a breakthrough. I added the Western Sandpiper connecting the two groups so that there could be a sweeping motion—and a sweeping s-curve—through the entire painting. Here’s what it looks like now.
I obviously have to do more work, especially on the new bird. But I think I’ll blast along now as fast as I can and try to get this out at the store as soon as I can, maybe in a month or so.
By the way everybody: Don’t miss the Shorebird Festival in Hoquiam, WA this spring. It’s coming up soon Here’s the link: