Those PLU stickers on our apples, bananas and avocados I recently learned are not environmentally friendly and gum up the works in composting and recycling facilities. They are made of plastic or are vinyl coated, do not break down easily and are expensive to sort and remove. So I started peeling them off produce in my kitchen, stuffed them in an envelope and put it aside in my sketchbook and mulled over what I could do with them. This is my first round of experiments - turning them into some ‘Sticker Folks’. Still thinking about my next group of stickers ......
These birds fly, swoop, plunge dive, and skim the waters in groups, hunting for fish in the river. They are never close enough or still enough for me to see all their beautiful details. Even their silhouettes have been a challenge to capture. I focused my binoculars and watched them for hours as I to tried to sketch their shapes. I finally had to shoot videos on my phone as they continued their activities. I resorted to freeze frames as my reference to finally draw their outlines and silhouettes - that’s how I saw them anyway as dark shapes against the blue winter sky and water.
The Brown Pelicans (PelicanusoccidentalisLinnaeus) are considered the smallest of the 8 living species and have a wingspan of 6-7’. Pelicans are ancient birds with fossils going back to 30 million years! No wonder they have a long history and are hence steeped in mythology.
Patient Pelican watercolor 6x7” by Meera Rao
Patient Pelican is a painting from few years ago when I was able to see one up-close at the Virginia Living Museum. Checking back on that blog post refreshed my memory of my experiments painting grays.
Then, I went surfing the web for this funny limerick on Pelican that I remembered from my school days ;)
I enjoy painting in watercolors, color pencils, graphite and mixed media. I like to paint everyday things, scenes, ideas that capturen my imaginations, explore them through realistic, expressive, impressionistic or abstract styles. I also enjoy photography. I try to bring to my art the philosophy, heritage and the tropical colors of India and the spirit of adventure and experimentation I find in my now home here in the USA. My goal is to paint often and have my blog as a place to share my adventures.