Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Peregrine Falcons

Here is the latest Peregrine Falcon chick that I've added to my art arsenal. Apparently I have a thing for these little guys. This is a 10"x10" acrylic painting on wallpaper adhered to a wood panel. If you look into his peepers too long you might become hypnotized. Or not.

I made this little dude in 2009 or 10. He was part of my exhibition, Aviary, and one of the experiments with sealing drawings with resin. I first drew him on a gessoed wooden panel with pastels and charcoal. Next...I poured resin on top. Every single speck of fragile pastel dust is sealed forever.

There are about 5 or 6 pieces that I've made that I cannot part with. The above Peregrine Falcon Chick is one of them. I finished him in one main sitting with maybe two 10 min. sessions afterwards. It's done in oil, charcoal, and graphite on mounted wallpaper. I'll never let him go.

Here is another experiment with resin and drawing materials. This is a small 5"x7" (part of the In Fives series) work done on gessoed masonite. It was done with charcoal, pastel, graphite, gouache, and acrylic paint. I nailed him into a frame and poured resin over the top, sealing him into the frame for all of eternity. I love the feeling that a drawing is ultimately protected.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Fake Birds.

Brown Ceramic Bird

White Ceramic Bird

Blue Ceramic Bird

Black & White Ceramic Bird

More Tini Tiny Mighty Minis! Today's topic: what's better than real birds? Well fake birds of course. Now there are many different types of fake birds...plastic flamingos, origami birds, children's toy birds, fake birds used for fashion or crafts, but my focus is on fake birds of the ceramic persuasion. They are forever standing at attention - unbelievably still and polished. Their un-realness only makes us think of their breathing counterparts. These decorative birds allow us to capture what can't be caught.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Four Bills


White Duck

Turkey Vulture

Pied-billed Grebe

One of the most amazing things about birds is the variety of different bills they have...a different tool for different jobs. These little dudes are additions to the Tini Tiny Mighty Mini series. They may be tiny but they are mighty.