Inauguration Day, the Bald Eagle, symbol of strength and freedom for our country. I thought it fitting to paint this majestic beauty for today.
Inspiration for the painting came from De Masi https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxeCQSu-MmRDUi8i7X2HWwQ The reference photo is found on Pixabay and taken by photographer Nancy McCrae (link in photo)
I used a salt wash technique on the feather portion of this painting to give texture to the body of the bird. I used the sea salt from our kitchen, which left my husband (https://photos-as-art.com/) wondering where it was! You can see by his blog that he is not only the photographer of our family but the chef also.
I thought of many things as I painted this Eagle. How young our country really is, how we are a nation still growing, building on freedom and hope. As we enter this new day, I bring you the words from the nations poet laureate, Amanda Gorman. She will be speaking today at the inauguration. https://www.npr.org/sections/biden-transition-updates/2021/01/19/958077401/history-has-its-eyes-on-us-poet-amanda-gorman-seeks-right-words-for-inauguration
I will be listening.
I take comfort and encouragement from her words in “Live United.”
Let’s take care of each other out there. Let us live… United.