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.

4 comments:

Shayla said...

Oh, yes. He gave me pause. What a powerful piece.

Marcy Stoeckel said...

As someone who - for reasons I cannot quite fathom - can find birds threatening in some contexts, I am also drawn to black birds. There is something just ...different about them.

Just as there is something so salient about Black Bird; White Wind.

Holly Friesen said...

Thanks for the migraine tip, haven't tried that one yet.
I think my brain just short circuits at times from all the overstimulation of this glorious, anxious life :)
ah the raven, my totem animal and it follows me everywhere...beautiful images. Many wonderful stories abound around the trickster raven, always an energy to be reckoned with. Love your ability to move with such ease through a variety of subjects.

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