Although I posted this the other day I worked on it more. Maybe I overdid it but boy it was fun painting all those dots. I’m proud that I’ve covered the blog with Kerfe offline–I’ve posted every day for a week. WordPress folks have been kind in their likes and comments. Thank you!
Pinto’s Spinetail is an endangered bird that hives in subtropical forest and shrubland in NE Brazil. Just 2% of native forest remains in this area, and less than 1000 of these birds are currently surviving. They mate for life, and my favorite fact about them is that “pairs sing in duets to defend their nesting territories”, according to abcbirds.org.
see the forest
as quiet as
song has wandered
This painting is an experiment for me–I’ve been inspired by how Claudia McGill takes the world and simplifies it into color and shape, and this is my first attempt to imitate her approach. Although she likes to use her paints straight out of the tube, I have to admit I mixed the bird feather color, not having a tube of gouache even close to the right tone. It felt like painting in layers, and I do like layering. Although I have a long way to go to reach Claudia’s grasp of the essential shapes of things…
And the Oracle was insightful, as always.
On my way to the beach (although the forecast is for a rainy week). Nina has promised to keep you entertained while I’m away.
and deep night, spirits
clouds to follow soulbird paths
of ancient moonlight
That is what The Oracle had to say about the painting/collage I did in response to Sue Vincent’s prompt photo, below.
I had written another shadorma first, inspired by geo.kalpataru’s cloud riders:
dance with light between
riding clouds—sparkling forms dark
against rainbow skies
but I think as a pair the Oracle’s words work best as #1.
skywriting black against blue
clouds and trees dancing
Sue Vincent’s photo prompt, above, gave me a chance to try an idea I’ve been thinking about for awhile. A few years ago I did a cross-stitch poem on paper, and I was intrigued by the pattern that appeared on the back. This seemed the perfect opportunity to see what would happen if I tried it over some watercolor collaged together.
I think I may have overdone it with the stitching, but I can always pull some out; the holes in the paper will make a subtle and interesting pattern too. I’ll look at it for awhile and think about it.
Here’s the poem side, with part of the haiku and some patterns (I wanted to try those out as well).
The ancient forest
above, fragmented into
Cursed by poverty of vision–
wings clipped into parts, denied
I chose to paint this bird because of its colors. The most common tanager in Brazil, it also lives in the humid forest canopy in Paraguay and Argentina. Although not yet endangered, its population has been decreasing. What hit me most is the fact that only 8% of its original habitat remains, and the populations are fragmented as a result. That will surely result in a continued population decline.
The words for my tanka were supplied by the Secret Keeper’s weekly prompt.
Happy Draw a Bird Day!