Art League of Nassau County members participate annually in a two day Plein Air painting event on the grounds of Old Westbury Gardens on Long Island, New York. I did sketches from this location last year and I had the opportunity this year to come back and work for two days painting the archway that leads to the beautiful walled garden. The weather was beautiful. I have two paintings for sale at the museum's gift shop that will be on display throughout the summer.
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.