Many years ago I saw two captive whooping cranes, likely at the Pittsburgh Zoo. I marveled at their size--they were nearly as tall as me! But it was when one of them spread its wings that I was truly enchanted by the pure white body, neat brown wing tips and tiny touches of yellow highlight here and there, and the grace of that huge bird.
And I read about them and discovered their plight, having no idea they were so imperiled. Visiting what had once been their habitat on Assateague Island, Virginia, I imagined what they might have looked like in the whispering marshes.
What would their afternoon have been like? Using my photos of those marshes and many images of whooping cranes, I painted this in pastel, trying to capture the details that had stayed with me at seeing them, but also the feeling of movement in the marshes I had visited, the waving sedges, lapping water and constant breeze from the ocean.
And those summer colors, blue sky reflected on the water, reflected on the cranes.
The print image is 23" wide x 15" high with 3" of white around the outside edges, countersigned by the artist. All prints are shipped rolled in a mailing tube unless otherwise requested; flat shipping is an extra cost because it's oversized.
I also have a full-size giclee of this print: https://www.etsy.com/listing/104435028/taking-flight-whooping-cranes-giclee, as well as the original painting, matted and framed and ready to hang https://www.etsy.com/listing/53182014/taking-flight-whooping-cranes-original