I've been working on some acrylic backgrounds and wanted to paint a pelican on one. The teal background was calling to me, so I painted on some textures and then got to work on painting the brown pelican. I wanted the bird to be the main focus of the painting, so I kept the background abstract. (I didn't want to add a water scene or landscape.) I like how the texture of the pelican's feathers pop against the background.
It was most interesting to study the pelican's bill, eyes, feet, and feathers. I love how the bill appears to be in 3 parts, the upper beak, lower beak, and throat pouch. They range in size between 10 - 18 inches. This is where they filter water when swallowing a mouthful of ocean. The bill is hooked to allow the pelican to grip slippery fish.
The pelican's feet are webbed which allows it to swim and dive efficiently.
|Acrylic Painting of Pelican on a Post 16"x20"|