This scene is out on the wetlands looking back at the buildings that make up the park complex. There's a visitor center and a old observation tower (now closed, unfortunately) and a cluster of maintenance buildings for the park service equipment. Beyond are the foothills and the coastal mountain range that form the western wall of the valley. On the other side of the mountains is the Pacific Ocean and the Ft. Bragg, Mendocino area where I will be painting with friends in less than a week!
It's fall, so the migration hasn't started. There are only a few geese on the water now, but in about two months all that will change dramatically. Hundreds of thousands of very noisy geese and ducks will darken the skies and cover the wetlands. Bald and Golden Eagles that follow the migration will arrive too and there will be activity, noise and life everywhere. But today, it's a quiet, lazy fall afternoon at Delevan.
This is oil on MDF panel and one of the largest paintings I've ever done...perhaps the largest.
|Delevan Wildlife Refuge Oil on panel approx 22" x 45"|
My Art Site: Bruce Hancock Fine Art