Sketching Continues

SL11312 Indy Island Step 1

Let’s move on to Indy Island. This part of the river is fairly narrow, Kevin said there would be some sort of dead limbs or mangrove roots in the shallow water where the Roseate Spoonbills are feeding.

SL11312 Indy Island Step 2

Because the paintings hang as a group the birds have to be in the right proportion relative to each other. Pelicans are pretty large, the Rosies are smaller. I’ve put Myer’s Point up on the easel with this piece to give me reference for sizing the Roseate Spoonbills.

SL11312 Indy Island Step 3A

The foreground Rosies are joined by three more landing on Indy Island. As with Myer’s Point the basic anatomy of the islands is roughed in.

SL11412 Honey Hole Step 1

Switching out the paintings on the easel I begin working on the Honey Hole. Indy Island gives me size reference. The shapes of the mangroves are blocked in first. Limbs from a mangrove tree knocked down in Hurricane Andrew stick out of the water in the foreground.

SL11412 Honey Hole Step 2A

The snag provides the perfect place for Old Smiley to lurk. Do you think he frightened the Snowy Egrets off their perch?

SL11412 Honey Hole Step 3A

We’ve watched and photographed birds for years. Going through our reference pictures was a trip down memory lane. The Snowy Egrets were composed from five different photos, a fun challenge.


The three paintings are designed to hang in this sequence. Viewing them from left to right, like reading a book, the Pelicans bring you into the triptych. The pink Roseate Spoonbills pull your gaze to the right. Then the gator attracts your attention, directing you up the dead limbs to the white Snowy Egrets. Your eye follows their flight up and around, making a circle to throw you toward the other paintings. Going to the left the visual journey is stopped by the upright wing of the diving Pelican. Your gaze swoops down and starts all over again. Round and round, much like the Indy 500. HMMMMM, where have we heard that before? To see this better enlarge the picture by clicking on the image. We’ll begin slapping on some paint in our next session. See you then! Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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One Response to “Sketching Continues”

  1. mordechai edel Says:

    Wow! Thanks for the bird’s eye view !
    Love it , ciao, Mordechai

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