I share a new approach I have to this painting series that I quite like. I enjoy painting these repeated marks. It’s like a mantra or prayer for me. I find it very soothing. I also love the way the marks float off of the surface of the painting. Looking forward to doing more of these!
Who has not experienced the delight of the morning bird chorus or had their spirits lifted by the sight of a bird in flight or perched on a telephone wire or tree branch close by?
I’m excited to show you the new paintings I did specifically for the Emeryville bus shelters, based on birds I have actually observed in Emeryville.
Each bird painting is paired with an inspiring or uplifting quote that gets to the heart of what birds have to offer us with their presence, song and beauty.
I choose the lightness and airiness and luminosity of watercolor to convey the essence of each bird, leaving plenty of white space to fully illuminate the luscious fluid qualities of pigment on paper and create a calming, open feeling to each piece.
The teacher in me couldn’t pass up this opportunity to offer some resources people to who want to learn more about the bird species. In addition to putting in the common name and species name of each bird on each poster there is also a QR code on each one so people at the bus stop who were carrying smartphones could access a web page from my favorite site for bird information and access bird songs, see photos and read descriptions.
Birds are one of the few species that can easily adapt to human encroachment, yet so few of us city dwellers can name most of the birds with which we share our day-to-day existence with. I have a deep commitment to native species understanding and education. I see this project as a way to invite the people who live, work and shop in of Emeryville to understand a bit more about their neighbors – the bird species that surround us.