6x3.75 watercolor and ink drawn yesterday and painted today. This fellow, who holds the distinction of being New Mexico's state bird, is also known as a chaparral and is sometimes called a prairie chicken. Native to hot, dry climes of the desert southwest, it is capable of flight but is usually seen running down the road. We have them living in vacant lots on our street and I don't see them very often on trips to New Mexico. I painted a fiery orange background indicative of a very warm day and the roadrunner is done on a New Mexico magazine card.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.