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I created the following studies on location during an art research trip to the Sea of Cortez, specifically at and around the mouth of Estero El Soldado, a tidal mangrove estuary near San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico. Sue Westin and I were invited in march of 2011, along with a score of other artist and sponsors, to artistically document this estuary and its surrounding area. Author/wildlife art expert David J. Wagner L.L.C. organized the trip to create the exhibition THE SEA OF CORTEZ, which successfully debuted at the Sonora-Arizona Desert Museum in march of 2013.
I removed these original studies from my field journals and sketchbooks and arranged them under one frame. Over half of the drawings are from a March 2011 Sonora trip. The other studies are from an October follow-up trip with Debbie and Nick Wilson which allowed me to see the birds in a different seasonal plumage.
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Field sketches like these, based on actual sightings, provide not only shape, posture, patterns and color references back in my studio but also serve as visual links to put me back in touch with some of the more subtle aspects of the encounter such as the brine scented wind, how the warm colored sand reflected onto the bellies of the birds, even the sounds of the surf and the smell of the beach. I consider memories like these critical to my creative process of transforming an actual encounter with nature into a visual aesthetic on canvas. Note: – JP- stands for – “Journal Page”
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