The Story of “Surround Sound”


©Rose Welty, “Surround Sound”, watercolor 14in x 14in

©Rose Welty, “Surround Sound”, watercolor 14in x 14in

Today I thought I’d share the story behind my recent painting, “Surround Sound”.

This bird is a black-necked stilt. They are very common on American coastlines. They are black and white in feather color and have relatively long red pink legs. I watched this one as it pranced around Sylvan Heights Bird Park last April. It was quite enchanting really – a relatively small lithe body perched on top of these long graceful legs that scream “look at me”.

Those long legs, of course, indicate that this bird is a wader in shallow waters. The bird wasn’t any taller than my kneecap and yet was very captivating. Being so small, I’m sure the bird has an entirely different viewpoint then we do. This is what I tried to capture here. This bird’s world is very active and surrounds him, towers over him. He sees many things that we do not from the top down.