I began working on fabric last week for my largest and most ambitious embroidered work to date. It is a European Starling (which I never really did justice) surrounded by a wreath of thistles. Both unwanted members of our environment (depending on who you ask-I, of course, don’t feel that way but I also love pigeons and based on my previous poll I’m assuming the minority stance here) yet both really really excel at living around human kind. Whenever I am faced with a computer and I have exhausted all work that I can do at that moment I like to visit BibliOdyssey. It is my favorite blog for satisfying both my love of text and imagery in a focused and grounded way. That being said, I stumbled upon some really gorgeous paintings of birds done by the brilliant, Edward Lear (1812-1888). I decided to post a few of my favorites as I am about to dive into yet another bird piece.
Edward Lear sketches of parrots relating to Illustrations of the family of Psittacidae, or parrots(1832), ca. 1830:Guide.
I adore how loose yet refined these works are. The blotches of color that Mr. Lear quickly applied while testing color mixtures and layers, as well as the small sketches and notes, work well to activate the space and energize the compositions. I really love the Salmon-Crested Cockatoo (third down). The feathers are so texturally accurate that I want to bury my hands in his handsome plumage. I hope you enjoy and if you are interested in learning more please visit the BibliOdyssey site.
Also, I am subbing my first art class today for a Ms. Wyss at Senn High School and I couldn’t be happier! I am so inspired!