Status of Original Painting – For Sale
All prices are in Canadian dollars
Size: 13.25 x 20 inches
Medium: Watercolour on 300 lb Arches
Open-beaked, tongues wagging: these two Atlantic puffins look like they’re in the midst of enjoying a discussion of the most scandalous gossip! I couldn’t resist this title, which came to mind as soon as I saw the photo I’d taken.
Doing this was a welcome relief, a palate cleanser if you will, from the wearying details of endless rocks in the last two paintings I’d done, In or Out and Ragged Rocks. The two birds were very quick to paint. In fact, it was just two weeks ago that I took hundreds of photos of puffins and other birds at the puffin colony in Elliston. I had a new, powerful zoom lens that enabled me to get much closer to the birds. I’d certainly never seen a puffin’s tongue before, much less two in the same photo! I expect to do more paintings from those photos.
I’ve remarked before that puffins looks unreal with their cartoonish, clownish, colorful appearance. In fact, some people have seen my paintings and thought they were mythical creatures I’d made up. They are the official bird of Newfoundland and Labrador, a tourist attraction, and provide hours of amusement if you take the time to relax and watch them.