Seven Pipers Running

Seven Pipers Running
Detail from oil painting Seven Pipers Running by Karen LaFontaine

A New Painting Is Finished

Nine ladies dancing, eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming, – no, no make that Seven Pipers Running!

These birds delighted me on a sun-drenched beach in Naples, Florida one October morning, seven sandpipers running in unison with the waves as the salty water advanced up the sand on a crisp refreshing morning. Strolling in their direction, I wondered – can I snap a quick picture that could capture their dance with the sea? I stood perfectly still as I observed them; all seven sandpipers running toward the water, as if they were desperate to dip their toes and just as quickly they would turn and run from the waves as the water rolled up the beach, soaking more of the sandy shoreline with each approach.

I halted and kept my distance while observing their singular and hypnotic trance. I did not want to interrupt my morning stroll, but it seemed paramount to not interrupt nature’s dance unfolding right in front of me. I gently removed my camera from my pocket and started snapping pictures ensuring a safe distance so as not to distract these small morning joggers from their meditations with the sea.

It was wonderful to share the beach with these sandpipers that morning!
I kept the wonder of their singular and repeated chorus with me in my mind’s eye.

I brought my photographs home to my painting studio and my easel. Bingo! Seven beautiful sandpipers each unique in their appearance. Each intent on keeping their little feet dry! I delighted in the idea of painting them! What fun to paint them as they ran from the wave, up the sand in unison. I will always remember this morning stroll, this slice of heaven on earth.

I invite you to indulge your love of the beach with each brushstroke, each color. If you love the salty air, and the sand, and all the wondrous nature that comes with a trip to the beach then Seven Pipers Running may be your slice of heaven too. I invite you to return to enjoy this new canvas! Coming Fall 2020 to my online gallery.

Karen LaFontaine with her painting Seven Pipers Running
Karen LaFontaine with her painting Seven Pipers Running

Thank you for visiting with me in my Artist’s Journal On The Easel. I love sharing today’s canvas currently On the Easel with you! (Article Image is “detail” from painting, giclée available 18×24 and 36×48 Inches)

Be well, Karen LaFontaine

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