A couple of years ago I did several chickadee paintings, which were meant to turn into a painting series. But as painting made way for studies to become an elementary school teacher, the birds sat quietly in the ‘future paintings’ index of my mind. This winter I have started reintroducing birds into my paintings. I am happy to have my feathered friends back in the studio with me. Cotter Creek Crow and Nesting Hwy 4 are both acrylic paintings with paper collage elements. They were painted during the same period of time but reflect both my minimalist, clean and modern sensibility (Cotter Creek) as well as my desire to layer and age an image (Nesting). Cotter Creek became the inspiration for a commissioned two-crow painting that was a wedding gift for a couple who married on the beach in Ucluelet, BC.
Nesting Hwy 4 reawakened my interest in collage. I poured over the pages of Collage Discover Workshop by Claudine Hellmuth. Collage materials gathered, I set to work on a small collage box. It is amazing how crayons, a heat gun, collage paper, sticks, paint, gel medium, sand paper and other materials can spread so widely for the creation of a miniature piece! I created Night Flight for my friend’s 30th birthday present.
I was able to present it to her, a mutual bird lover, the day went birding at Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Ladner, BC.
It was fitting that we actually saw an owl that day (though it was a barred owl, not a barn owl).