Sandhill Crane (Near Pike Lake, Warsaw, IN) oil on canvas, 4' x 4'.
Just finished this painting of personal interest that has since become a site-specific commission.
One day I was out in our backyard marsh area (which butts up against
Pike Lake) sketching and photo shooting wild life and what ever else
might catch my eye. As I was looking around standing in a field of
glistening marsh grasses, I turned to my right and froze, about 10 yards
away was standing this Sandhill Crane, (had to do a double take to make
sure what I was seeing.) The scene was so picturesque, as I slowly
raised the camera, I was immediately thinking painting! The colors,
marsh grasses glowing in spots, bending back and forth in the soft
breeze, just presented a majestic composition of the Grus Canadensis.