Each of us was given the theme of "Birds" with no restriction of media, size or content, other than "Birds". It is always fun to see what the individual artists come up with. These are my two entry s for this show. I have been working on the " NOIR" collection and in Steel, so the natural progression was to do my favorite bird, the RAVEN, in Steel, as it would blacken nicely with the lovely steely blue black that is RAVENS. I wanted him to be carrying something so I chose a bright green emerald from my stash and some 14k gold and created a branch for him. I had to hand carve steel stamps for just the right feather shapes. I am very happy how he emerged and want to do more...I'll keep ya posted with that!
The second artwork is a work in series ( upcoming Blog topic here) combining my Aspen Paintings on copper foil with gold & silver leaf. My last one was calling out for something...a focal point or a spot of color to catch the eye. I considered a red cardinal ( too expected) or a blue Jay, but they just didn't do it. So I went back to my old friend the Raven to help me out. I put a couple it the corner and that was all the work needed. Liking it a lot, I took a photo of the detail and in looking at the photo, I thought : Wow; That should be a finished painting!! So the next one WAS a finished painting. I am happy to note that it has sold pre-show, with the understanding delivery would be when the show ends .
So if you get a chance, go to the Gallery ( 703 W. Main Street, Payson AZ 85541). This "For the Birds" show will open First Friday. May 1st and close near end of June. Who knows, one of our birds just may want to go home with you!