Mourning Doves, 30" x 16" Oil on Canvas
Each Labor Day weekend, tens of thousands of men, women, and children take to the dove field carrying camo buckets and boxes of shells. We shoot, sweat, laugh, and curse in our attempt to knock down these beautiful, fast-flying migratory game birds we call mourning doves. The dove season opener is a national holiday in the south, and each year we share in the tradition. After a recent hunt, I decided to paint a group of doves in their infamous erratic, dipping-and-diving flight style as they enter a field. You can almost see them daring you to take a shot. And, of course, we always do.