Watercolor - Quail and Butterfly

14.00"W x 11.00"H x 0.0"D

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Melanie Harman


Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: verde, palo, garden, flower, color, nature, impressionist, desert, outdoor, wall, aloe, butterfly, quail

Media: watercolor, paper

Size: 14"W x 11"H x 0.025"D

Year Created: 2018

Based on a recent visit to the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona. We rested for a while at the Ullman patio and watched a flock of Gambel's quail scurry around looking for food. One perched on a planter close to where I was sitting.

In this painting, a Gambel's quail is backlit by the strong Arizona sunshine as she perches on a planter containing a palo verde tree, wildflowers, and several different agaves, also known as century plants. A Monarch butterfly, hovering in the background, adds a touch of whimsy. There is a delicate cast shadow, from the bird and wildflower, on the planter's edge.

My name is Melanie Harman. I am a Vango artist. Thank you for visiting my portfolio. Painting allows me to pause and reflect on my journey through life. I am able to better appreciate the colors and beauty of the natural world and connect with it on a deeper level. Watercolor is my choice of medium; the wet-in-wet interaction of colors is fascinating and stimulating in all of its permutations. I am originally from England and moved to Phoenix in 1987 and have since become a US citizen. I live in a split-level house with my husband and two cats. We are active and like to ski, hike and backpack.

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