I recently traveled to Chatham, a beautiful Cape Cod town in Barnstable County and watched gulls, seals and other marine life congregate near the incoming fishing boats. This serious looking bird was fun to paint with his vigilant stance, serious expression and white plumage.
The reference photo used for this painting was taken by Russ
Bridges on the Photos for Artists Facebook site. The site is wonderful, artists are allowed to use reference photos from many talented photographers like Russ.
According to some
Wikipedia searching, the kingfisher bird is said to have a cosmopolitan distribution if its range extends across all or most of the world in appropriate habitats.
I visited a butterfly garden while vacationing in Cape Cod, Massachusetts last week. The enclosure was loaded with monarch and painted lady butterflies. A wonderful guide told us all about the differences between the two butterfly species and it was so much fun watching the butterflies fly all around us.
Summer is always a wonderful time for me and my family. I have young children and we are usually out and about enjoying the beautiful weather on Long Island. During the summer, my kids like to sleep late in the morning, so I find time to paint before they awake.