Oil, 18" x 36"
©2017 Thomas Anderson
Black Skimmers are, like Terns, fixtures of Bolsa Chica summers and masters of the air. They often forage in small groups like this, effortlessly gliding an inch or two above the water until their sensitive bill detects something good to eat, and it's snatched out of the water in a second or two. My composition reflects the graphic design of these unique and beautiful birds with the high contrast between the foreground and background, yet just enough subtle pattern in the dark to give it an overall feeling of movement of the air over the rippling water.
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