Observant Gull pastel on gray fleck mi-tientes, 5 x 7 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Observant Gull, #30in30 Day 11

Observant Gull pastel on gray fleck mi-tientes, 5 x 7 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Observant Gull pastel on gray fleck mi-tientes, 5 x 7 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I am participating in Leslie Saeta’s annual “30 in 30” painting challenge this month. This is my painting for day 11.

What can you say about gulls that is unique, since this is pretty much what they do all day? I’ve done a few other gull paintings and intend to do a few more, but unless I start numbering them I have to find something about this gull, “[Adjective] Gull”, that will make this painting different from the others. At least to me.

Last year at this time I was in Savannah, Georgia, delivering two rescued and well-socialized kittens to my niece and great niece and nephews. My niece and I spent an afternoon enjoying the beach, me for the first time in about 30 years, and doubly wonderful in January having left a moderate snowfall and very cold temperatures behind in Pennsylvania.

I took more photos of gulls and waves than anyone should have taken though I tried to be more restrained. Still, I’m glad I did, as I have this particular gull standing in exactly the same spot but with head turned in different directions, from different angles, and with different levels of reflection on the water. So, now, when I have finally found the time to do a few sketches and paintings from last year’s photos, I can sort through my gull photos and find exactly the right one, the tide washing back down the beach at an angle, the gull’s reflection broken up in a clear and interesting pattern, the blue of the reflected sky gradating from light to dark.

I liked the uncropped version too. Sometimes I like the rough edges on a sketch.

Observant Gull uncropped version © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Observant Gull uncropped version © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

So I won’t make all 30 paintings in 30 days. I will have a little stack of paintings I would otherwise not have had.

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