The purpose of this blog is to show off John Lofgreen's Alaskan world through his wildlife art and nature photography. It will explain his painting techniques, and report on his latest activities including exotic journeys around the world.
Last Summer I photographed this sleeping hen Greater Scaup with a diminutive, hen Green-winged Teal, dozing beside it. They were at Spenard Crossing, here in Anchorage.
A year or two earlier I saw this drake, Green-winged Teal in Chester Creek, a few hundred feet above Spenard Crossing. A mischievious Magpie knocked it off the log moments after I shot this photo. Earlier I was photographing the Magpie as it walked all around me, and when I turned my attention to the duck, it apparently got jealous. Magpies are way smart.
I knew I wanted to incorporate the first two Greenwings into a painting, but I liked this Greenwing's head more than the other drake.
This is the composition that I came up with. It looks totally different than the image I had in my mind. I think I like the water more than the rest of the painting. This painting makes me want to paint more variations on a similar marsh habitat theme