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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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“Three French Hens” (of the New Wave Cinema) SOLD

“Three French Hens” (from Clucquot’s 1962 New Wave classic, “The 400 Pecks”)

Following the theme of the birds in “The 12 Days of Christmas” (the dozen days leading up to Epiphany on January 6, by the way), we’re down to those three French hens. Those three mysterious French hens – players, as are we all – in their own movie. In this case, it’s that 1962 classique, “The 400 Pecks” by Francois Clucquot.

A little more on the 12 days of Christmas, from crivoice.com:

The Twelve Days of Christmas is probably the most misunderstood part of the church year among Christians who are not part of liturgical church traditions. Contrary to much popular belief, these are not the twelve days before Christmas, but in most of the Western Church are the twelve days from Christmas until the beginning of Epiphany (January 6th; the 12 days count from December 25th until January 5th). In some traditions, the first day of Christmas begins on the evening of December 25th with the following day considered the First Day of Christmas (December 26th). In these traditions, the twelve days begin December 26 and include Epiphany on January 6.

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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“Four Calling Birds”: a Nod to “Bye Bye Birdie” (SOLD)

“Four Calling Birds”

Four calling birds, another favorite from that dynamite carol, “The 12 Days of Christmas.” I took it literally, and placed these four on the set of the “Telephone Hour” number in “Bye Bye Birdie”. (“What’s the word, humingbird?” “What’s the tale, nightingale?”, etc.) They’re birds. And they’re CALLING. BAAHHH-HA-HA-HA-HA-HAAAA!

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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