Coinciding approximately with the winter solstice, Starlings descend en masse upon Shady Side, chattering, foraging, and rising and descending in waves. Aflight, they evoke descriptions of Passenger Pigeons once filling the sky. For two days after Christmas, they were joined by Robins and Red-Winged Blackbirds splashing in the bird bath, eating winter and beauty berries, and foraging beneath the bird feeders and about the yard. The painting/collage Visitation: Foraging draws on this seasonal avian activity. Serendipitous tracing of a carved wood screen’s shadows led to my painterly flocks. The color palette is all around this time of year. The photo below was taken this morning from our living room window. It does not do the Starling’s visitation justice, but gives you the idea.
Apropos of Winter Landscapes, read a well written article here on a great painter, Charles Burchfield in today’s Washington Post.
Hello Friends, I worked on a book cover in November. The author asked for a simple calligraphic ideogram befitting the book’s subject. I am attaching a section of it here. I will print the full cover when it is published.
The top image is of my collage painting Chrysalis on the right next to the inspiration (along with some of his other collages of the ’60s,) my Father’s collage of the same name. When I was recently visiting family in Florida, I really wanted to see them together. I sent my collage down to Treasure Island last week where they are both well loved. Can’t wait to see them next trip.
New art supplies are stocked, and I’m looking forward to painting in December/January. Purchased a larger heater yesterday that will make the canning shed/winter studio much cozier. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year all!
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Heat wave. Butterflies in abundance. Night chorus. Watermelon in the shade of the Pin Oak. Gathering black berries for topping a small scoop of vanilla ice cream. Green-eyed cat crouching beneath the hydrangea.