Amateur but enthusiastic birder that I am, I saw a magnolia warbler for the first time in Tennessee a week ago. I did not shoot it. I did, however, portray it with magnolias, because let's face it, magnolia is way more fun to paint than pine. Damnit, Jim, I'm an artist, not a biologist!
Warblers at the moment--it's early fall--are getting out of breeding plumage, in what's known as the "confusing fall warbler" stage, when they assume a kind of motheaten transvestite look. So the specimen I saw was significantly drabber than this, but I took some liberties.
I had wanted to draw one, to celebrate seeing it, and then I had this wild urge to do some sort of collage, and...well...here we are. I get collage urges once in a blue moon, and I fear them, because collage, like good abstract art, is really hard to do well and apallingly easy to do badly. And this is what came out. The reciept was just lying around, the newspaper clipping is about two comedians crashing an auction of Hitler's watercolors. Anyone who wants to find deep symbolism in that is welcome to try, provided they bring enough for the whole class.
The text at the bottom right is the scientific name. At the bottom left, it says "Birder? I hardly know 'er!" because I have a very sophmoric sense of humor.
Original is 10 x 15, acrylic ink, gel, colored pencil and "found objects" (i.e. random stuff I ripped up and glued to it.) It is for sale! Send a note or visit [link] for details. Prints are also available, for $10 and $20 plus shipping. Send a note or visit [link] for details!
Your little bird reduces the building and ownership of the 'Empire State Building', or a stay at The Ritz, to an absurdity. It threatens by it’s very existence: steelworks, power stations, electricity pylons, railways lines, the oil extraction industry and the assembly line (any color you want, providing its black) with unfair competition and extinction.
Even worse, as if things were not bad enough, it is a reminder of when fools such as we, pretend to be nature lovers by calling our own feathered nests; Hillview, The Woodlands, Mountain View, The Ranch, Rose Cottage, Treetops, Oaklands, The Laurels, and The Pines.
All we learn from nature is Mr Mrs Magnolia Warbler, Sparrow, Robin and Wren, hide from man's progress towards destruction in bramble bushes and thorn trees. And when they congregate to whistle and sing the earths praises, they are the real owners of the Planet Earth, and we are the “best to be ignored by them” tenants.
Flowers never last, eventually withering and dying. Beauty is not constant. The black specks at the upper right tarnish what would otherwise be a warm golden painting, symbolizing that death is always hanging around the corner, ready to plague you.
The sheer pointlessness of life is punctuated with the receipt - "Only two things in life are certain - death and taxes." Again, youth and beauty are fleeting, but you'll always have to make a living. A cruel, pointless, existence, being a slave to money.
The article and the joke in the corner serve to illustrate the absurdity of life.
And there is a touch of irony in here, in that the magnolia warbler, which doesn't actually live in magnolia trees, is depicted in one.
*takes a sip of wine while looking smug and pretentious*
I totally made all that up. Silliness aside, I love the way the collage pieces add texture and interest in the background, without being intrusive. The magnolias, even though the bird has nothing to do with them, add a bit of colour to a piece that is otherwise monotonous and a bit dark.
Have you ever thought of sellingthis as a print? :>
it's really great, however, the angle of the blossoms as opposed to the angle of the bird is kinda odd. I mean, I only saw that because I was looking for a critical area, and to be honest, that's the only one I found. * 3*
PS, is that a drycleaning receipt?
The nature is so strange XD
Well anyway, great work on this one
I saw your gallery and this peace must be my favourite. Really eye catching
Keep up the great work *thumbs up*
you should make a print of this
Being the dork that I am, I was happy to see you quote Treasure Planet.
Well, not from this artwork. Of course not.