Saturday, October 27, 2007


Last week I decided that I was going to do my 'four words' brief on the theme of birds. Basically we have the whole term to come up with 4 pieces of work representing the words 'support', 'enclose', 'balance' and 'disperse'. We were also told to try and think of a theme rather than have 4 disparate things for the 4 words. Somehow I had initially ended up working on dance and movement as my theme - but I'm already doing a lot of that with my pastiche project; and so doing more of it was feeling like a drag. Last week I decided to change to birds - and MAN have I been much happier since then! I love them little sweeties!

So I've been doing bird-research in my sketchbook (which you see above), but my favourite thing is below. There's two layers cut (one with just the plants, and one with the magpie). Then there's a piece of tracing paper at the back. The whole thing looks very different depending on what colour paper is at the back. The scanned image has a pale gray sheet behind. It's based on this photo I took in January of a magpie at dusk.

It's pretty obvious from our flickr account how much I like birds - see the 'Birdiecam' and zoo photos :D


Kerstin Klein said...

wow. the magpie piece is beautiful.

Camilla said...

I'm ever so slightly obsessed about magpies- I love that one a lot.

ps- I hope you might be able to come along to the opening of my exhibition next week? It's on Tuesday at the here gallery.

sue bulmer said...

I agree with ksklein, the magpie is stunning. Wow, really impressed and lovely to keep up to dat with your projects etc

suzanne cabrera said...

I should be visiting your blog everyday. The work you are doing is so inspirational. Wow, I am absolutely in love with your magpie....geez.