I usually go to Florida at least part of the winter, but this year I have decided to stay around here. Sanibel Island is near where I stay, so have been there several times. It's so much fun to watch the birds feeding in the Gulf - they can be quite interesting sometimes. I've had photos and sketches around for several years now thinking that they would make good paintings, but have never been able to see in my mind how they would look. It has finally come to me - maybe because I'm thinking warm Florida sun - but I was able to take my mind back there when I was painting. The colors I used in the last two paintings seemed to call to me to use them again. I was right - they worked well for this painting.
I also quickly did a painting of a single gull standing near the shore on one leg. It's funny to see them doing this, but I guess when they stand all day, they really do need to rest their legs and the best way is to do it one at a time. I call this one my acrobatic gull. The brush strokes are finally beginning to come together like I have been hoping they would. Now if I can just use that looseness on the other paintings on my easel it will have been worth doing the 30 paintings in 30 days.
These are both 8 x 10 and sell for $125 unframed and $150 framed. Both are for sale, as are the other paintings in this challenge.