Medium: Watercolor; Image Size: 17.25″h x 23.25″w; 2015 Revised 2017
During spring of 2015 I spent many days riding my bike along the American River Trail in Sacramento, California. During that time, the tom Turkeys were in full strut looking for mates, and because there is so much human activity along the trail, the Turkeys are not afraid of people. I was so impressed with these birds that I wanted to do a painting of them, so one evening I started singing songs to the Turkey spirits and sang about them and how I wanted to get some great photos of them the next day so that I could make a painting of them. Sure enough, the next day, I was treated to a cluster of toms flashing and displaying to each other and me. I wandered with them for several hours which made me feel so fortunate to have been in their presence for so long. This painting was a humble attempt to honor their magnificent qualities. While doing this painting I was amazed at how complex their feather patterns are. It was a great learning experience.
This painting is FRAMED, with double matted, top matt speckled tan, second matt iris, and under non-glare glass. Frame outside measurements is approximately 26″h x 32 1/4″w x 1″d.