Wednesday, July 28, 2010
The Bird Is The Word
Fight or Flight (12 X 24 mixed media on canvas). I've been in a bird phase lately: doves, herons, hummingbirds. A friend of mine told me I might get to be known as "the bird lady," and that's fine with me. Usually, I don't set out to paint birds, but, often, in the process of layering and texturing, the image of a bird is revealed on my canvas, and I'm helpless to resist. I love using symbols in my work to express themes in a way that requires introspection - not only can the viewer interpret my thoughts and feelings, but he can then interpret the work in relation to his own reality. I often use birds as symbols of faith and hope but also as a symbol of humanity: learning to fly, leaving the nest, protecting our young.
I painted this bird with an attitude a few weeks ago for a Donna Van Gogh's Artists' Market. Van Gogh's is gallery in Candler Park that focuses on local artists and has some of the funkiest and most affordable art in Atlanta. Terri and Iris, the owners, are bird lovers themselves and actually rescued a gorgeous Scarlet Macaw several years ago. When I read the challenge at The Three Muses this week I immediately thought of my odd bird.