New Painting “Eagles, Warming in the Sun”

Posted by on Feb 25, 2013 in New Paintings | 8 Comments
New Painting “Eagles, Warming in the Sun”

Wildlife Art & Photography byThe Eagle, majestic bird of prey, symbolic inspiration to artists, religions and organizations. I began searching for eagle reference materials at my brothers book store early in December of 2012. There are so many photos, drawings, paintings and writings about eagles. I was confronted with countless artistic possibilities of eagles living in the natural world. My brain was overwhelmed with scenes of eagles, soaring, hunting, mating, tending their young on cliffs or in trees. The photo reference materials were so beautiful I wondered why I thought I could paint something as wonderful as the photos.

I am an artist, I have an ego and a positive attitude so I listened to the stories coming alive in my head. I looked at hundreds of photos of large groups of eagles congregating along the shores of Alaska. My interest finally settled on the photos of birds resting or waiting in trees. I noticed many of the photos of the birds were taken from below them looking up. I thought I wanted to be on eye level with the eagles but still up in the tree. I decided to paint beautiful blue skies, snowy branches and give the feeling of being high off the ground.

I love the eagles that ended up in my painting, majestic, silly and intense. I love that the sky is so blue and the clouds are so white. I am happy that the tree branches are under the eagles but the painting still seems balanced. At the end of painting I put snow blowing off the branches that are above and unseen by the viewer. I kind of wish I would have been a little more heavy handed with the snow but it is what it is. I hope you enjoy my new painting “Eagles, Warming in the Sun”

8 Comments

  1. Karen Gathright
    February 25, 2013

    Laura, this is fabulousssss! Absolutely breath taking!

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    • lcurtin
      February 25, 2013

      Thank you so much. I’m glad you like it!

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  2. Ann
    February 27, 2013

    Are you sure this is a painting?! It seems to be a photo, it is great!

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    • lcurtin
      February 27, 2013

      Hi Ann, thank you for the nice observation. It’s definitely a painting. When I was cross-eyed over all those feathers I asked myself what the heck I was thinking doing this painting. I’m glad it turned out well.

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  3. Bette'
    March 2, 2013

    You are truly a naturalist!!!! So in touch with animals and their habitat!!! The feathering is one of your best so far…..and the snow and branch work too, totally awesome, another masterpiece!!!

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    • lcurtin
      March 2, 2013

      Thank you Bette’ Glad you like it. Next time they’ll be flying.

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  4. Rich McClard
    March 8, 2013

    The print came today and I have to say it is absolutely captured the beauty of this majestic bird but also your unique view of seeing them at eye level is astonishing! The surrounding scenery is breathtaking! this print is everything I hoped for and more. It is truly a treasure and one that I will cherish. Also, thank you fr the Bison card, it was a beautiful extra that was unexpected and also is a treasure to me!. I will tell everyone about your talent and I will be purchasing more, that’s for sure. Thank you again for the print and for letting me inspire you in some small way. Rich

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    • lcurtin
      March 9, 2013

      Thank you Rich. I appreciate your kind words and support. I really did listen to your request and thought, I get asked for eagles a lot. Your request was a big part in my decision to paint these guys. Thanks again. Laura

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