Thursday, April 10, 2014

Signs of Spring—not all of them welcome

Grackles, looked at with an artist’s eye, are a designers dream.  It doesn’t matter what they are up to, they look like graphic art pieces.
So it’s no surprise, that as soon as they invade my yard, and empty the birdfeeders, and frighten off every other smaller or more colourful bird, they also invade my art.  The former activities are less then welcome, but I love, love, love to draw them. What sleek silhouettes, and oil-slick colours. Their behaviours are fascinating too. They are clever, prolific, adaptable, and reproduce so successfully, they can crowd out other species, kind of reminds me our our species.
This is a gelatin print finished with clear acrylic gel, sand and acrylic paint.  The grackle bodies are mostly the original monoprint, and the sky is mostly paint.
I was fascinated when I took this outdoors, how exactly the colour blended in with the neighbourhood.
Yes, this one is available from Etsy.


Michelle Basic Hendry said...

These guys are everywhere down here. Kind of like seagulls by Lake Ontario, hanging out in parking lots!

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

really liking the birds you have posted the last 2 posts :D

forgot about grackles, i think here its starlings that make the mess and scare off the other birds.

kaslkaos said...

Thanks Michelle, love the image of grackles "hanging out" in parking lots. In there slick black suits, they always remind me of senior bikers.
Thanks Jennifer, hope you're feeling better. We unfortunately have starlings too, they kind of creep me out a bit, maybe because they are a non-native invasive species (says the non-native invasive ...)


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