New Whimsical Bird Art – Original Acrylic Paintings

I have some new whimsical bird art that I would like to share with you. They’re acrylics on paper. Mostly small.

She Watched One Thread Blossom
She Watched One Thread Blossom

I’ve been painting these little bird creatures for a number of years now. They started showing up in my paintings when we moved to Bend, Oregon in 2003.

A Small Dream in the Making
A Small Dream in the Making

We have tons of birds in our backyard. Lots of hummingbirds and quail in the summer. Robins, jays, ravens and chickadees the rest of the time.

She Felt the Sun Beaming
She Felt the Sun Beaming

I’d like to make a quail painting sometime.  I just haven’t yet. Probably will soon.

She Sat on a Creative Nest
She Sat on a Creative Nest

What’s interesting is to see how my whimsical birds have changed over the years. Below is an early bird I made. My color palatte was a bit darker.

A Small Space of Rest
A Small Space of Rest

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it. It’s just different. Change, I believe, is good for an artist. It shows one is growing in their art. I believe I have grown as an artist. Here’s another early one.

An Enchantment was Cast
An Enchantment was Cast

I like this quote from “The Mission of Art” by Alex Grey.

“Art is communion of one soul to another, offered through the symbolic language of form and content. An artist creates a sensible form, through harmonious use of the medium (paint, clay, music, and so on), which expresses content, by subject and feeling. We absorb metaphysical sustenance from the balance of formal means and expressive ends. Art expands the appreciator’s consciousness by providing a glimpse into the hearts and minds of strange beautiful humanity. Art is nutrition for the soul. The soul cannot thrive on junk food.

Many artists develop technical skills – they can draw, paint, or play an instrument – but seem to have little that is fresh, original, or worthwhile to say. Other artists really have something important to express but lack the skills or courage to express it. Rare is the artist with skill who offers a significant statement.

The only way to formal inventiveness and technical ability is to work and work, studying and perfecting the craft. Artists discover unique features of their medium that contribute to actualizing their personal vision. A well-crafted work of art requires discipline. Devotional labor lavished on a work of art radiates love and care to the viewer.”

I like to observe the changes in my art and celebrate that I’m still at it, still celebrating life with images that fulfill me, that bring joy and calm to my spirit. Work and work and more work at painting, perfecting my craft, as Alex Gray says. I try to be true to myself when I paint, even in the midst of grief, sorrow or disappointment. So here’s to staying calm and clear and bright and continuing to paint! flower

6 thoughts on “New Whimsical Bird Art – Original Acrylic Paintings

  • September 11, 2010 at 9:59 am
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    hey, nice blog…really like it and added to bookmarks. keep up with good work

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  • March 4, 2010 at 4:39 pm
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    My titles would never be as good as yours are. I want to make your birds out of fabric and felt and wood and clay. But mostly, I just want to look at them.

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  • March 4, 2010 at 12:39 am
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    Thank you Gail!

    And Kristen, I love what you wrote. I love those words – singing the sun, and wings singing, tucked in tight…they are ripe for titles to my paintings…just need to paint them now.

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  • March 3, 2010 at 5:45 pm
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    Oh, I love, I love, Iove the little birds
    Small packets of intent
    Caught always in medias res
    Singing the sun
    Thoughtful in process
    Casting enchantment
    Fat and rich in color
    in glow of day realized
    or sinking or starting
    startling in light and depth
    Small birds with small steps
    and wings, singing, tucked in tight.

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