#504 Caspian Tern over Elliott Bay XL 12 x 36″
This is one of my proudest paintings, not the least because it is of a bird that is now (circa 2020, 2021) reasonably common around Seattle but tends to go unnoticed and unappreciated. Out of the corner of a person’s eye, the Caspian Tern could be mistaken for a “Seagull.” (Most seagulls here are Glaucous-winged Gulls). Caspian Terns are the largest Terns and sport a black crest and a powerful bright red bill. In the last couple years they can be seen at any time (in the summer months) from quintessential Seattle location such as Alki. The landscape behind the bird will be recognizable to some as the City of Seattle. I believe that painters are luckier than photographers when it comes to this scene, as the real city of Seattle would be wider and lower. A viewer will allow, I believe, a certain amount of subtle distortion if the spirit of the view is kept intact, which I tried to do in spite of having eliminated hundreds of buildings.
This print was published on April 27, 2021 and is on 80# cover paper, image size is 10 x 34; trim size 12 x 36″ Hand-signed and hand-titled by Ed.