19½ x 23½ inches, framed
The European kingfisher waits patiently and alertly. His spectacular colors make this bird a childhood favorite.
As you look at the bird, his body and wings seem to jump out of the painting towards you. I added this robustness to him not by giving him more feathers, but by deepening those shadows you see between the layers of feathers on his wings. It’s the rippling shadows that show the shape of his sumptuous plumage. This looks like a really well fed bird.
[Soft pastels on acid free 200lb. Sennelier pastel card. Background and underpainting with PanPastels.]