The Roseate Spoonbill (pictured above) is one of my favorite tropical birds, along with the Florida Brown Pelican. My husband and I enjoy paddle-boarding and kayaking in the intracoastal waters where pelicans abound and where occasionally we spy a spoonbill.
The Roseate Spoonbill is a striking bird with its ruby feathers most apparent in flight. It is my blessing bird. Some people look for cardinals; I look for Roseate Spoonbills. They are wading birds and I’ve seen them in marshes, near retention ponds and in the salt water where we kayak and paddle-board. They feed in the early morning and evening hours and the Florida population often nests in the Mangroves. When I’m out and about and catch sight of a Roseate Spoonbill, I always feel as if God allowed it as a little blessing to my heart. He knows how much I enjoy seeing them!
In the early 1900′s the birds were hunted and prized for their pink plumage used for the construction of ladies’ fans. By the 1930′s the Roseate Spoonbill population dropped alarmingly until a law passed to protect them from hunting.
I’ve painted the Roseate Spoonbill a few times in watercolor but finally decided it was time to do a large canvas in acrylic paints. I’m quite pleased with the outcome. I placed the spoonbill wading in the Mangroves at nightfall. I imagine she’s just got her belly full and is heading toward her nest. Apparently I also imagine she’s a she.
I will be listing this painting in my Etsy Shop along with a few other newer pieces I’ve painted lately.
I do accept commissions and if you’re interested, I have an info sheet on commissions and pricing that I am happy to email.
I’m making a bit of a change to my site. I think it’s important to reflect the season I am in and over the past few years I’ve moved into something of a “redesign” in certain areas of my life. It is a rare day that I do not create something – usually a painting. I paint in both watercolor and acrylics and my favorite is what I’m doing at the time! I’ve painted acrylics as small as 6 x 6 and recently accepted a commission for a pair of paintings on 36 x 48 canvas.
If you notice under my name up top, I’ve changed my website name from “Lessons From the Deep End” to “redesigned.” I’ll still share my thoughts on faith and living the Christian life but will also include more of my art and hopefully even some video blogs.Written by Melanie Dorsey - Visit Website