I wanted to paint birds and flowers, not necessarily together, but not necessarily apart. Here are 3 paintings of just birds, although there are perches and other objects for them to stand on. But the focal point is the bird. The first, directly to the right is a Scott’s Oriole. Altough the painting includes a hollowed out tree trunk and some grass and daisies, the bird is the focal point.
To the left is a Bewick’s Wren. Again, he also has a place to perch on, but the focal point is the bird, himself. I was very pleased with the painted outcome of the birds themselves, but thought that adding a secondary set of images, flowers, might give more interest to the composition. So, I painted Lucy’s Warbler amongst branches of cherry blossoms. I decided that, although it was different, it was neither more nor less appealing than the other two. So, I tried switching the style into more of a vignette, where several objects shared the limelight; more of a collage approach.
From this idea came the painting of a Canyon Wren backed by blue bell flowers and a butterfly. This definitely gave a different feel to the painting. No longer was it a painting of a bird in his environment; instead it was a collage of a bird, flowers, and butterfly. The same is true of this painting of a generic bird,below, painted as though it was pasted on a flower and a butterfly.
I’m not sure if I have a favorite between the two styles. I will be doing another collage style next. I guess the painting after that will depend on the phase of the moon.
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