Diane Mannion, LAUGHING GULLS, 6x8" oil
I noticed some laughing gulls (yes, the ones with the black head are called laughing gulls!) flying over a bush with yellow leaves. The wind was strong, they hovered in place like they were attached to the bush with strings. They floated like kites... a beautiful sight which went on for several minutes. I painted three birds here, but there were about a dozen, laughing gulls and other types, all taking turns in line to hover over the same bush. There may have been a swarm of insects hatching... but I like to think they were just playing with the wind.