Study of Sandpipers - a Waltz
11" x 14"
Painted completely within Inkscape - June, 2021
Printed on flat, archival, white paper
Sandpipers always looked like ordinary birds at the beach. I never paid much attention to them.
In May, we visited my sister and brother in law at the beach.
While walking along we saw a crop of them eating "dinner" at a sandbar.
I took a few quick pictures.
Thought I'd eventually make a large painting with sandpipers in groupings - called "Dinner @ the Bar"
Before tackling the large painting, I first studied the sandpipers in detail.
Wow! They are beautiful birds!
I created the bird's outline - then created hundreds of objects for the pattern in each bird's feathers.
Creating the first bird easily consumed a dozen hours - there was so much detail I saw and wanted to paint.
Each bird is slightly different from the other.
After completing the first three birds, I wanted to create a small group and see how that looked after printing.
It looks great - and wanted to share it.
The combination of their legs and peaks formed a rhythmic pattern - almost like a waltz.
The print was made on flat white paper.
Behind the birds I created a swirl effect - which looks best on a flat white surface.
Like many of my pieces, the final print looks vastly superior to the .jpg file one views online.