Diving Deep / by Chris Maynard

 Bait Circle . 15" x 21" . 2018

Bait Circle . 15" x 21" . 2018

Staying near a Norwegian fjord in May, I sketched several carved feather ideas after watching fishing loons, grebes, and cormorants. This is one of the five pieces that resulted.

Just before diving, the bird expands with a deep breath. But it appears to deflate because at the same time, it compresses its feathers closer to its body.