Sunday, January 25, 2009
more from January...
I find myself painting birds one right after another... Like many artists, I am especially drawn to black birds: crows, ravens, and of course - blackbirds, and red-winged blackbirds. But I like the shapes of starlings, grackles and other sleek avian specimens as well - and expect to see them all flitting and sitting on future canvases and panels.
Birds on a wire strike me as omens; sentinels, guardians... each waiting to be called to action. Birds on the ground are more playful, active, busy with the business of bird-ness. Birds in flight are either at the mercy of the winds or masters of the atmosphere. I do not see birds as threatening, though my large abstracted Black Bird/Wind series (two shown at right) often give viewers pause.