Preening Pelicans

12.00"W x 12.00"H x 1.0"D

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Melinda Patrick


Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: seabirds, seaside, gulf of mexico, gulf coast, texas artist, texas coastal art, galveston, red browns, white pelican, pelicans, coastal decor, coastal

Media: acrylic on canvas

Size: 12"W x 12"H x 1"D

Year Created: 2016

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I saw. I liked. I painted. That's really all there is to it.

Coastal pelicans. These are preening on a rock in the Intracoastal Canal in Galveston, right next to where the shrimpboats dock. This is what they do while waiting for the boats to come in with the day's catch.

This one is a bit looser style than how I usually paint pelicans. I left out some detail and used bigger brushes. I always try to paint looser but usually my hands take over and I paint tighter. A lot of painters have the opposite challenge: they say it's easy to paint loosely but difficult to paint tightly.

Melinda Patrick began developing her art when she was a very young child. Her paintings are her vision of the places she loves, the colorful cityscapes and ordinary people that catch her eye. I was interested in art from an early age and was mentored by my Grandfather, an accomplished photographer and painter. Earning my Bachelor of Fine Art at the San Francisco Art Institute, I developed my art in oil. Many years spent as a graphic designer has changed my perspective and my recent medium of preference is acrylics. I use the fast drying time of acrylics to achieve crisp results. While I do work in other mediums, such as gouache and ink, it's acrylics on canvas that captures most of my creative spirit. She lives, works and paints in a pine forest near her native Houston.

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