Status of Original Painting – For Sale
All prices are in Canadian dollars
Size: 16 x 20 inches
Medium: Watercolour on 300 lb Arches
The Atlantic puffin is so cute and colorful that it looks almost like a cartoon. But it’s real, and it’s the provincial bird of Newfoundland and Labrador. Its orange feet sport fierce looking claws that it uses to defend itself; I hadn’t realized this until I started looking closely at reference photos. Puffins are a popular attraction on the whale watching tours that originate in Bay Bulls; there are several islands that abound with these birds.
The colorful shapes on the beak remind me of the Newfoundland flag:
This painting is based on several different reference photos that I took in and around Bay Bulls, while the puffin is adapted from a photo by Richard Bartz.
My thanks to colleagues Jill Cole and Anne Marie Whelan who had been suggesting for months that I paint a puffin, and Lisa Dawe who suggested the very suitable title.