Valerie Rogers paints wildlife art with acrylic and watercolor. With her award winning artwork she shares her appreciation for nature. A Canadian painter she focuses on Canadian animals including bears, big horned rams, deer and moose. But she also paints simple natural things in her series "Stonescapes" that feature the beauty of rocks. By blogging she shares her painting and creative process. View her paintings at www.valerierogers.com
One of the great parts of creating Nature Art is getting out and experiencing nature, finding and observing creatures in their own environments. Letting the animals themselves teach me their secrets. These past two weeks I have been an eager learner. I have been on the Hawaiian islands studying the sea turtles and the humpback whales. It was amazing experience to swim with the turtles in the beautiful coral reefs. Massive beds of coral growing in many different colours and shapes with accents of black and pencil slate urchins.
I spent hours swimming with the turtles while the song of the whales gently echoed in my water filled ears. I would enjoy the warm waters till too tired to swim. Then retreat to the beach equipped with high powered binoculars I then observed the whales blow, slap and breach in the ocean passage between islands. It was a phenomenal chance to see them in their breeding and birthing area. A boat trip allowed me an even closer observation of the whales exhibiting all different behaviors. Humpback whales circle and enjoy the warm waters of Hawaii as a shallow safe place to give birth and breed.
Turtles and whales will definitely require further study, not only because they are unique incredible creatures but also because it is just so much fun!