A few years ago while visiting Sanibel Island in Florida, I saw my very first ibis. I know that is not a tremendous milestone, but I was thrilled to observe this beautiful white bird up close and personal as he stood next to me on the beach. Oh, such striking blue eyes they have! The ibis uses his long, curved bill to search for insects, snails, or small fish in the surf, and they also like to eat larger things like crabs, crayfish, and snakes. I was able to snap a reference photo as he stood with his neck crouched down, one foot in the air, and resting for a bit.
I admire artists who use unconventional colors to represent white objects and wanted to give that technique a try. The shadows were easiest to represent with the purples and blues, and I gave him a little sun-kissed glow and reflections from the colors of the beach. After studying many such paintings I am still not sure how well I pulled it off, but I kind of like this little rainbow ibis. TGIF, and have a great weekend!
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