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Brown Pelicans by Andrew Denman <Back to Thumbnails "Diving Pelican Study"
18.5 x 14"
Graphite on Canson Illustration Board
Diving Pelicans

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All of my work begins with a study, or more often a series of studies. Often these preliminaries are just that, preliminaries. Other times, they develop quite nicely into artworks in their own right. I was working on several ideas for a large painting of diving pelicans to serve as a highlight among the pieces I was doing for the Cabo Pulmo show coming up at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. I had taken an absurd number of photographs of pelicans dipping and diving among the waves while on a field trip to Cabo’s National Marine Park, and I was suffering from option paralysis; too many ideas to filter out the bad ones.

As I narrowed my focus on the kind of larger painting I wanted to do, I decided a sequence of different stages of the bird’s dive was my best concept. “Diving Pelican Study,” though somewhat loose, was an important part of the process for me to crystalize my thinking before beginning work on this painting. With so many references to choose from, it was necessary to experiment with how well certain poses communicated the various stages of the typical pelican dive I wanted to convey. Though this piece does not describe the composition I settled on for the painting, it does in fact contain all but two of the final poses I chose to use. It is proof positive how valuable pre-studies can be in the artistic process.

Welcome to the online home for artwork by Andrew Denman, a California –based, internationally recognized, award-winning contemporary wildlife artist. Denman primarily paints wildlife and animal subjects in a unique, hallmark style combining hyper-realism with stylization and abstraction. His dynamic and original acrylic paintings can be found in museum collections on two continents and in numerous private collections in the USA and abroad. His clear voice, unique vision, and commitment to constant artistic experimentation have positioned him on the forefront of an artistic vanguard of the best contemporary wildlife and animal painters working today.
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