Friday, February 20, 2009

Illustration Friday: Instinct


This started as a watercolor pencil sketch a few days ago. The kids and I went to a park, and of course they wolfed down their lunches and headed for the playground while I still had half a sandwich left. Then my daughter came running up telling me my son was stuck. I set my sandwich down and went to go investigate. I pulled my son down from the bow of the playground ship and returned to my picnic table to find a flock of seagulls dismantling my sandwich! Now there were a few misguided seagulls in Colorado that were very stand offish and never more brazen than the squirrels. Squirrels will at least give you a few minutes before they invade your lunch. I have to get used to a whole new set of wildlife picnic rules now that I live very close to water in California. This flock of seagulls had a leader with killer pirate instincts that knew to hone in on my sandwich and steal the ham first!

11 comments:

Gail said...

Cute, sorry that happened to you, but it was a great story, and pic.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Cool illo, nice painting--funny story, ha ha except it wasn't funny at the time I'm sure. Love your banner--I studied free-ranging horses years ago.

Dusik said...

ha ha ha!! seagals pirated your lunch! that is funny :)

Mary Patterson - "White Slug" said...

This is AWESOME!! Love the pirate gull. I was at Fisherman's wharf a few weeks ago and a gull grabbed at my shrimp sandwich while I was holding it, almost landed on my head!!!

Bella Sinclair said...

Aye, they are a very aggressive, rowdy bunch on the western shore. Booo on him for stealing your lunch, but I love how you've dressed him up! Great painting!

steve said...

Haha, great story and art Heather! You better wear special, protective hats next visit.

Cathy said...

Hehe! Love it - funnily enough, my entry for this week includes gulls ...

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Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Girl don't you know you don't you can't leave a good sandwich on a park bench!!!!! he he he he!!! I had a good laugh on this one Heather! I'm with Bella BOO oh him , but you've done a wonderful and fantastic job on this picture!! This was really a treat indeed Girl. Keep you eyes on you food next time. he he he!

theartofpuro said...

Lovely and funny illo,great painting

Mônica said...

Very funny story, Heather! I guess seagulls can be rowdy too when it comes to food. I love the eyepatch!