Still Pelican

Still Pelican 12×12, acrylic on gesso board

I love pelicans in flight, their graceful navigation of skies often culminating in a nosedive marked by tenacious precision.  But the still pelican is potential.  Power and grace not yet unleashed.  The still pelican is possibility.

When I lived in New Orleans, I’d drive down bayou St. John waiting for the pelicans I believed good omens.  They were usually flying, diving, eating.  I rarely saw one in stillness.  Painting this one reminds me of the potential of stillness, the beauty of possibility.

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