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A Show for the Bird Lovers of West Michigan

(As a follow-up to the bird series I did in December, I’m plugging a relevant art exhibition in my hometown of Muskegon, Michigan.)

Birds in Art shows through Sunday February 14 at the Muskegon Museum of Art’s Walker Gallery. Check it out!

Krystii Melaine "Alight," © 2009 Oil on canvas on board

And while you’re there, get a load of John Steuart Curry’s “Tornado Over Kansas,” part of my personal iconography since about, oh… first grade.

John Steuart Curry (American, 1897-1946) Tornado Over Kansas

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Funky Peacock Feather

The Funky, Funky Feather

The tail feather of a peacock is possibly one of the most psychedelic creations of nature. The function is said to be for courtship displays, but it’s also theorized that the “eye” pattern can confuse predators. And it’s iridescent. The barbs of the feather shimmer and change color as the angles of light and the eye change. When displayed, the eyes are laid out in a mathematically precise swirling pattern. So I guess what I’m saying is: crank the Pink Floyd, pull up a bean bag chair, and stare at a peacock feather sometime, kids.

I’m doing 30 original works and the theme is birds. All kinds of birds.

30 original pieces, and yes, they’re for sale. And they’re affordable: $99, which includes free first-class shipping. You can order on my Etsy store by clicking here. Check this blog every day (or the Etsy store) to see the new one. Each one will be 5″ by 7″ on sturdy illustration board.

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“Winter Berries”: an original bird painting

"Winter Berries"

I’m walking through the neighborhood today, on Berger Street near Boerum, right in front of Vinnie’s Iron Works. The snow crunches and squeaks under my feet as I walk. The sky is light grey, almost white. I look up. There are birds in the tree, eating berries. They’re back-lit by the sky, and I see them and the tree as a silhouette.

I’m doing 30 original works and the theme is birds. All kinds of birds.

30 original pieces, and yes, they’re for sale. And they’re affordable: $99, which includes free first-class shipping. You can order on my Etsy store by clicking here. Check this blog every day (or the Etsy store) to see the new one. Each one will be 5″ by 7″ on sturdy illustration board.

Last month’s theme was food and drink, this month it’s birds. Any other themes you’d suggest?

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“St. Francis of Hoboken, With Bird” (SOLD)

“How’s your bird?”

Coming from Frank Sinatra, it basically meant “how’s it hangin’?” Another favorite was “How’s your Bell & Howell?” You get the idea.

St. Francis: one from Assisi, one from Hoboken. They were both concerned with birds. And they both wore brown Snuggies.

I’m doing 30 original works this month. The theme for December is birds. All kinds of birds.

30 original pieces, and yes, they’re for sale. And they’re affordable: normally $99, which includes free first-class shipping. But this one…. This one I’m very fond of. It’s good: gold paint, extra love, a smoking bird…. I’m asking $249 for it and if it doesn’t sell, then good; I keep it. You can order on my Etsy store by clicking here. Check this blog every day (or the Etsy store) to see the new one. Each one will be 5″ by 7″ on sturdy illustration board.

Last month’s theme was food and drink, this month it’s birds. Any other themes you’d suggest?

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“Minerva’s Owl (from the one dollar bill)” (SOLD)

"Minerva's Owl"

Take a one dollar bill out of your wallet. Yes, yes, I know: “times are tough, blah blah blah.” Just do it. Look at the “1” in the upper right-hand corner. Look at the little “frame” around it. Now look REEEEALLY closely at the notch in the upper left hand corner of that frame. See that little bump? That’s not a printing glitch. That’s… MINERVA’S OWL. [cue eerie theremin solo]

Minerva was the Roman version of Athena; a goddess of poetry, medicine, wisdom, commerce, weaving, crafts, magic and the inventor of music. The owl was her sidekick, her familiar, her sacred creature: thus, the association with wisdom.

Thar he be!

And somebody in the government paid someone to engrave that bird onto the U.S. buck. And by gum, he’s still there. Draw your own conclusions. This is my version of that itty-bitty little owl, really close-up like.

I’m doing 30 original works this month. The theme for December is birds. All kinds of birds.

30 original pieces, and yes, they’re for sale. And they’re affordable: $99, which includes free first-class shipping. You can order on my Etsy store by clicking here. Check this blog every day (or the Etsy store) to see the new one. Each one will be 5″ by 7″ on sturdy illustration board.

Last month’s theme was food and drink, this month it’s birds. Any other themes you’d suggest?

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…AND a Partridge in a Pear Tree. Straight up. (SOLD)

“And a Partridge in a Pear Tree”

And here he is: that famous partridge in the pear tree, based on a medieval tapestry of some sort. There are your “12 Days” birds, with plenty of time to spare before Epiphany. Plenty of time. It’s a beauty, too. I used metallic gold paint for the background, which is more luminous and reflective than it appears in this scan.

I’m doing 30 original works this month. The theme for December is birds. All kinds of birds.

30 original pieces, and yes, they’re for sale. And they’re affordable: $99, which includes free first-class shipping. You can order on my Etsy store by clicking here. Check this blog every day (or the Etsy store) to see the new one. Each one will be 5″ by 7″ on sturdy illustration board.

Last month’s theme was food and drink, this month it’s birds. Any other themes you’d suggest?

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Two Turtle Doves

Two "Turtle" Doves

The penultimate birds of the 12 Days of Christmas: those two turtle doves. These guys are a nod to Turtle, the character from “Entourage” played by Jerry Ferrara. Good old Turtle, with his over-sized red and green jerseys and matching, perpetually backward baseball caps. How Christmassy can you get?

I’m doing 30 original works this month. The theme for December is birds. All kinds of birds.

30 original pieces, and yes, they’re for sale. And they’re affordable: $99, which includes free first-class shipping. You can order on my Etsy store by clicking here. Check this blog every day (or the Etsy store) to see the new one. Each one will be 5″ by 7″ on sturdy illustration board.

Last month’s theme was food and drink, this month it’s birds. Any other themes you’d suggest?

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