I was out walking one morning and spotted beautiful red-tailed hawk circling in the sky above me. We walked together for a while and then suddenly, he swooped down, chasing something in the field. He was pure energy…and like that, he was back in the sky, far above me, searching again.
I’ve always loved raptors. Happily for me, I live in a region where they are plentiful. In less than 30 minutes, I can drive to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, a 2,600-acre Sanctuary which offers the chance to see large numbers of hawks, eagles and falcons. There is also a local zoo where a previously injured red-tailed hawk, who cannot be returned to the wild, teaches visitors about these magnificent birds of prey. I painted this watercolor for the zoo’s fall fund-raiser.
This painting has been kicking around in m head for a while now. I sketched it on the canvas about 3 weeks ago and then put the canvas away again. Since I was hunkered down, staying out of the path of Hurricane Irene this weekend, I thought I would take advantage of having nothing that I had to do and get some paint on the canvas. Surprisingly, I finished this one in only two passes. That could be a new record for me! It’s not quite as loose as I usually like, but I’m quit happy with the result!
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