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bald eagle, un pygargue a tete blanche

Gwenn Seemel
Queen of the sky (Bald eagle)
2012
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches

I’ve painted light eyes like the eagle’s at least once before when I did this portrait of my niece, Stephanie. This detail shows more what I’m talking about. To learn more about the making of Queen of the sky, watch this vlog. Below is the text from the book Crime Against Nature that goes with this image—the book can be read and purchased here.

Boys aren’t always bigger than girls.

Among eagles and raptors of all kinds, it’s common for the female to be larger than the male. This size difference allows a male-female pair to pursue different prey, ensuring that everyone has enough to eat.