“The Coy Miss Mallards” at UGallery.com

There’s something highly engaging, and perhaps a little unsettling, about the way these young female Mallards make eye contact with us over their shoulders from behind their wing feathers, notes Emil. He thinks that this painting transmits an enhanced feeling of avian intelligence and alienness quite different from our usual sense of dabbling ducks.

The Coy Miss Mallards. 24″ x 36″ acrylic on canvas. $1,925

Gallery 113, January 2019. Opening Reception, Thursday January 3, 5:30-8:00

Shovelers, Northern #3 IMG_0543
Northern Shovelers #3, 20″ x 20″ Acrylic on canvas, $495

Falcon, Kisa the Peregrine #1 IMG_0544
Kisa the Peregrine, 15″ x 30″ Acrylic on canvas, $895

Blue-Winged Teal at UCSB Lagoon

Blue-Winged Teal #1, UCSB Lagoon. 15" x 23" watercolor on Arches 300lb hot-pressed paper.
Blue-Winged Teal #1, UCSB Lagoon. 15″ x 23″ watercolor on Arches 300lb hot-pressed paper.

This time of year the lagoon in the middle of the UC Santa Barbara campus is full of waterfowl of many species. If you jog past, these Blue-Winged Teal ignore you and keep on dabbling like the one in the background, but if you stop and aim a camera at them they quickly drift away.