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Gambel's Quail by Andrew Denman <Back to Thumbnails "Vantage Point"
12 x 9"
Acrylic on Cradled Board, 2016
Gambel's Quail

Quail will always be among my favorite local birds. I recall the constant presence of California Quail in my neighborhood as a child. We would see at least one pair followed by a string of striped cotton-ball-like chicks streak across our path during afternoon family walks about the neighborhood nearly every afternoon. Sadly, we no longer see them nearly as often, so I was very pleased, on a recent visit to Joshua Tree National Park, to see large numbers of the very similar Gambel’s Quail, such as the one that inspired this painting. I could hear their strident, piping calls (which my favorite field guide describes as sounding like “Chi-ca-go-go”) the moment I arrived at the Twenty-Nine Palms Oasis and spent the next few hours trying to photograph them in the crystalline desert light. The best opportunities to see and photograph them, of course, are when one encounters a male perched atop a high shrub, surveying his domain from a vantage point that allows him to alert his fellows to danger. In addition to the beautiful pear shape of these elegant little birds with their showy black apostrophe-like crests, I was interested in the weave of knobby, sun-bleached branches on which he perched. Presented in sharp detail in the foreground, these branches become increasingly gestural as we move into the background, eventually morphing into improvisational splashes of grey and white.

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