Our feathered friend is being koi. Wharf is he waiting for?
Catch of the Day was inspired by a trip to Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row in Monterey, California. I snapped a photo of a pelican sitting on a pylon - this bird had zero fear of tourists and would sit perfectly as if to say, “Alright Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up!”
I like chalkboard backgrounds because they allow me to develop a complex scene without cluttering the image with too many objects. Here, I’ve sketched Fisherman’s Wharf and chosen a blue-green chalkboard color to evoke the sky. To suggest the texture of an actual chalkboard, I drew on the painted surface with oil pastels and “erased” with a rag before redrawing the final scene and painting the foreground.
I could think no better way to portray the fearless bird than this lovable 1960s pelican pull toy. When you pull the cord, his beak opens and closes as you walk along. Underneath the goldfish cracker, are two cans of sardines (my nod to Cannery Row) and a vintage Pelican Oysters can. In the sky, I suspended hand-folded origami birds. If you like Catch of the Day, I invite you to see the companion image Seafood Buffet, also inspired by the same trip.
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For 35 years, Richard Hall enjoyed a successful career in fine art, using his talents to explore the opposing worlds of abstract art and traditional still life. But chance intervened when a mischievous toddler added her two-cents worth to one of Richard’s still life settings, prompting Richard to see his work in an entirely new way. READ MORE
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