Throwback Thursday: American Coot Watercolor

American Coot Taking Flight (10x14 inch Transparent Watercolor on W&N 140 lb NCP Paper)

American Coot Taking Flight (10×14-inch Transparent Watercolor on W&N 140 lb NCP Paper)

American Coot Taking Flight (2.5x3.5 inch detail Transparent Watercolor on W&N 140 lb NCP Paper)

American Coot Taking Flight (2.5×3.5-inch detail Transparent Watercolor on W&N 140 lb NCP Paper)

This is an older painting, probably from 2002. I still remember sketching this stuffed specimen in the Royal Ontario Museum. My wife had a conference in Toronto, so I tagged along and spent three full days drawing at the ROM. I could easily burn a week or two there and not get bored. Come to think of it, I still have drawings from that trip waiting to be made into paintings! The taxidermy specimens there are about the best I’ve ever seen. One of my favorites was this American Coot taking flight. I had to invent the water splash at the bottom, which was pretty fun.

This painting is available in our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/85578981/original-watercolor-painting-of-american?ref=pr_shop

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