Hooded Mergansers in progress
14 x 18
oil on canvasFor several years now we've enjoyed dining at a local restaurant that sits out on the lake and calls itself the Hooded Merganser. I never really knew what this bird was supposed to look like until I was able to see one little better with my zoom lense. This pair was floating near the restaurant last week and I couldn't wait to paint them. Although the female to the naked eye looks a little drab and basically brownish I think the beauty is there but very subtle. I took some artistic license and pushed the colors a bit. Funny enough one year we were at another local restaurant called The Lost Moose and upon driving away after lunch I had no sooner remarked on why they would call themselves that when a moose came out of the bush and walked across the road in front of us! Weird experience and I haven't seen one since though I'm told they are around sometimes.