I have some new whimsical bird art that I would like to share with you. They’re acrylics on paper. Mostly small.
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.
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.
I’d like to make a quail painting sometime. I just haven’t yet. Probably will soon.
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.
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.
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!