Such a wonderful time of year to hear the Sandhill Cranes returning and flying overhead. I love and look forward to this sound every year. I finished this piece today, and I am so inspired to be making these. This is 11 x 14" and on a 1.5" deep canvas, ready to hang. It is primarily acrylic, but there are some other elements in it: colored pencil, mixed media, and some oil paint. It is covered with a gloss medium for archival quality and protection.
These images combine all my life experiences that have brought me to this point. When I painted this, I remembered long bike rides in Finland over bridges and across many lakes and grasslands. I loved to watch the waving grass take on so many colors and be reflected in the water. In Wisconsin, trips to Horicon Marsh and the International Crane Foundation inspire me every single time. My heart truly sings to see these birds.