Christopher Kovacs - Fine Art
May 24, 2020   10:24 pm NL Time

Bald View

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Bald View

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Status of Original Painting – For Sale

All prices are in Canadian dollars

Size: 9.5 x 21.25  inches

Price: Inquire

Medium: Watercolour on 300 lb Arches

Description:

In pondering possible titles for this one, I learned that the original meaning of “bald” was “white;” hence, the bald eagle is a white-headed eagle. “Bald View” means the bird’s viewpoint, but also our view of the eagle and the massive iceberg.

I like to play with perspective. This one can be jolting, going from the bald eagle to the iceberg, then noticing the tiny fishing boat, and lastly the tiny helicopter (did you see it?). Only then does the true size of the iceberg become realized. It was estimated to be over 200 feet tall and more than 600 feet wide.

This iceberg famously grounded off Ferryland in 2017, and was shown by news agencies around the globe. I captured it in my painting Triumvirate.

Bald eagles can be seen throughout Newfoundland. A fond memory is when four American guests (including author Michael Swanwick and his wife Marianne Porter) came over for dinner and we sat out by the water. A bald eagle casually swooped by and circled overhead a few times, as if acknowledging my guests. All conversation stopped as the four American gazed at their nation’s symbol in respectful and awed silence. “Do you see that every day?” was the hushed question.

I’m grateful to Stan Collins (@stan_sdcollins) who allowed me to use his recent photo of a bald eagle. Stan posts multiple photos of the west coast of Newfoundland every day on his twitter account, and this one caught my eye. I’ve transplanted the eagle to the east coast of the island, to overlook the scene in Ferryland. The other reference photos were mine.

Inspiration for this painting was seeing Stan’s photo, and envisioning the eagle overlooking the massive iceberg. It was that simple with all the reference photos at hand.