Rock Pigeons over the Sunflower Fields of the Freestate.

2 rock pigeons

2 rock pigeons. Watercolour. 330 x 240 mm.

Some orders are just beyond challenging! They are enough to make one wonder why we take on commissions. This one is for an American hunter who targets the pigeons that raid the sunflower fields of the northern Freestate.

The fields are ready for harvesting, but the Rock pigeons descend in large flocks to eat the seeds. How dull the painting would have been with only fields ready for harvesting, as it is no doubt in reality. But this is art and needs to suggest the situation without looking like a war zone. So I have added a separate field with flowers still young, to brighten the painting and enhance the subject. It is unlikely that there would be crops at such different stages in development on any sunflower farm, but it was important for the painting.

The sunflower farmers have no alternative but to hire hunters to come to their aid. I don’t like killing anything, but as we face the same problem with Jackal and Lynx raiding our sheep flocks; I do understand their situation. All I can do now is hope that the client will be satisfied.

Rock Pigeons over the Sunflower Fields

Rock Pigeons over the Sunflower Fields. Watercolour. 500 x 700 mm







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  1. Posted 15 Jul 2011 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    I think you handled it very well. The two different fields make the painting enjoyable to think about.

  2. Posted 17 Jul 2011 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    I really like the painting with the 2 sunflower fields, great movement, colours and atmosphere.

    The other reminds me of the Victorian botanical studies and is beautifully painted.

    • Posted 18 Jul 2011 at 9:02 am | Permalink

      Thanks Sue, it is comforting that you think it is OK. It was a frustrating composition, and will feel better when the client accepts it !

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