Alligator, #WorldWatercolorMonth

A couple of years ago we visited Southern Florida to attend the wedding of a dear friend’s daughter.   During our week-long adventure, one of our activities was an airboat ride in The Everglades.  I enjoyed the breezy ride through the mangroves but was thankful they gave us headphones to wear to block out the extremely loud motor of the airboat.   We saw all of the typical wildlife inclusive of spoonbills, egrets, snakes, and alligators.   This painting is of an alligator that came very close to our airboat.


Alligator – watercolor; underdrawing done with Derwent Inktense Pencils

Gators spend much of their time floating partially submerged with just their snout and eyes showing above the water, looking for a meal. They have excellent night vision, a keen sense of smell, and typically feed on fish, birds, and smaller animals.  They can also capture larger animals, but I don’t like to think about that because of post-traumatic flashbacks to Marlin Perkins’ Wild Kingdom.  Ahhhhh, The Circle of Life –hurry, cue the Disney’s Lion King theme song!

World Watercolor Month is flying by! Remember, we are raising awareness for the Dreaming Zebra Foundation and the Art Room Aid project sponsored by Dick Blick with hopes of bringing art supplies and teaching to children who otherwise would not have exposure to the enriching world of art. Please consider a donation today!

World Watercolor Month 2016

World Watercolor Month 2016