Kittiwake on the Beach
16" x 12"
Oil on sandeply panel
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Black-legged Kittiwake are fairly common in Alaska, almost always seen over or near the ocean. They are often in groups.
This is a small gull with long wings and a small bill. The bird in the painting is seen in winter [non-breeding] plumage.
The model for this kittiwake was a photograph taken by Jeff Poklen,
I appreciate his permission to use this model
This painting was done with Torrit Grey, Ivory Black and Titanium White on a gessoed panel. I thought that I would glaze this with a Cerulean Blue after the shades, edges and values were done however I like it the way it is.
Jeff Poklen also photographed a wonderful Heermann's Gull: