The Pelican is a rather unusual looking bird, I spotted this one on a lake as it was quietly swimming past me.
I took a long distance photo using my Canon camera's zoom lens, I had forgotten about this image for quite a few weeks, and when my sdcard needed to be moved to my PC, that's when i noticed the Pelican photo, and I decided to paint it.
This lake had a few ducks on it as well.

Pelican Original Oil Painting by Garry Purcell

Artwork Name: Pelican
Artist: Garry Purcell
Medium Used: Artist Grade Oil Paint
Support Type: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas (Staples are on the back of the frame.)
Canvas Size: 51cm x 61cm x 2cm (20" x 24" x3/4")

Initial rough sketch on canvas
Initial rough sketch on canvas

Testing my paintings composition
Testing my paintings composition

First Layers of transparent colours
First Layers of transparent colours

My Oil Painting is nearing completion at this stage
My Oil Painting is nearing completion at this stage

A small section of the oil painting to show some detail of the Pelicans Feathers




Close up section of my Pelican Original Oil Painting
Close up section of my Pelican Original Oil Painting

Finished Pelican Oil Painting below.

Pelican Original Oil Painting by Garry Purcell
Pelican Original Oil Painting by Garry Purcell

Pelican Original Oil Painting by Garry Purcell

Artwork Name: Pelican
Artist: Garry Purcell
Medium Used: Artist Grade Oil Paint
Support Type: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas (Staples are on the back of the frame.)
Canvas Size: 51cm x 61cm x 2cm (20" x 24" x3/4")

 As an Australian Artist, I believe that trying to capture a small snapshot of what our natural surroundings look like is important for future generations to look back in time at. The Pelican oil painting above was inspired by one of my trips to the Melbourne zoo, and a man made lake the Pelican was swimming on.
I find quite a bit of painting inspiration, when I visit this zoo, and sometimes it takes me a few months to re-visit what photos I have taken. Many photos are simply happy snaps and not worthy of creating an oil painting from them.