Saturday, October 24, 2015

Study for A Royal Tern


This is a an oil on board study of a Royal Tern meant for a much larger painting. I post it now because I have decided not to use it in the final art. I dig the soaring upward pose . It is 5x7 inches. These are my favorite shore birds. They are very supersonic looking when rocketing around the beach and give great chase after those that have caught fish and great fun to watch.

I like the bold gestural brushwork here, just an indication of cloud,sea and surf.

More to come.....

Art copyright Alan Phillips 2015