The bird paintings are more like assemblages: hand-cut birds and
striped ovals of paper lie between layers of a beeswax and resin
mixture (encaustic method). I then sometimes draw back into the
topmost layer of clear beeswax with a sharp tool, filling the
lines with oil paints and oil pastels. A propane torch is used
to fuse it all together, and make the surface smooth. The striped
ovals are derived from my photographs: the images are manipulated
in Photoshop into colorful fields of stripes (my secret!), then
inkjet printed onto acid-free paper. The birds are drawn in Illustrator,
printed and cut in the same manner. I watch a lot of Science Channel
and Fine Living Network programming while cutting out the birds!
Birds are constantly in motion - just adding their easily recognizable
silhouettes to a composition gives the piece instant movement.
And, they're just sweet! Their expressions change with a simple
a tilt of the head. And they're everywhere, outnumbering humans
by the thousands. They're a little bundle of wonder to me, so
I like to place them in curious situations and enviroments, and
have fun with color and flora at the same time. They bring a splash
of joy to a room - it's just my way of adding a little happiness
to everyday life.
Note: I add a new bird to almost every online sale!