Monday, 8 October 2007

IMT - Birds

Here is my response to the prompt "birds" at Inspire Me Thursday this week. I'm not very happy with how it turned out but as I spent so long on it, I decided to still post it here.
The bird is made up of lots of little feathers which I cut out of the painted paper above. It is a page of watercolour paper which I covered with brown, orange and gold washes. I've been making a few of these pages this weekend as possible backgrounds for artist trading cards (my new thing!). I really like the different shades, tones and patterns that form randomly when I make these.


After I'd cut all the little feather shapes out I stuck them all on to the bird I'd drawn. It took ages! I glued on a sequin for his eye and painted in his beak and feet.
I do like the bird its just the background I'm disappointed with, so perhaps if I think of a better idea I can cut him out and do another one.. any ideas?


15 comments:

Patricia J. Mosca said...

THIS IS FABULOUS!!!!!!!! You are way to hard on yourself...the background and the BIRD are both FABULOUS! Great job...and it looks like it took a long time to do!

zime said...

Very nice work!!

kimberley said...

I love this bird! Before I read how you did this I wondered why the bird looked almost realistic. What patience it had to take to do this!
And I also like the delicate branches and blossoms.

Sorry, I am a newbie at all of this, so no ideas here.

I'm new to IMT - having fun visiting everyones blog to see their art.

Nicole V Lozano said...

I think the bird and background and wonderful. I wouldn't cut out a thing. But I understand personal dissatisfaction with one's work. It's not entirely uncommon for me to take a hammer to a piece and start again. If it pushes you to grow because you know you can do better then okay... but if it's just self doubt it's unnecessary. Your work is wonderful. That’s my 2cents anyway.

Sandy said...

Its a fabulous work. Its so amazing. Fabulous.

Crafty Green Poet said...

I wouldn't change a thing about it, I love the texture of the bird and the delicate background is a lovely contrast. It's beautiful

Anna said...

I think it is a lovely work! The bird looks like it has real feathers.

Kristen said...

This is great!!! What a creative idea. Keep it up!! I look forward to seeing what else you do. Take care!!!

Lise Richards said...

I can't at all imagine why you are disappointed with this piece. It is quite lovely. Great work indeed.

Gabe said...

I have done pieces that involve lots of little hand built repetitive things, and I know how it is to do something like that and then it doesn't wow me. But I agree with everyone else on this one. I think it is a cool piece. I love the way the bird has a 3d feel.

Kasie @ ~The Art of Life~ said...

Wow! This is amazing! I love it.
The texture truly makes it.
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for your kind comment.
I really appreciate it.
I always enjoy connecting with other artists!
:)

landi said...

This is SO STUNNING. Love all the feathers you cut out. It must have taken ages, but it shows.

Zhenia said...

Omigoodness! This is amazing and I can only imagine how much time it took you to cute and paste those tiny little feathers.

I love how impressionistic and textured the background is too.

Valaine said...

Wonderful!! It looks like this took a long time! Beautiful work :)

~Gina said...

This piece is absolutely gorgeous! Gosh, the patience you must have to cut all those little pieces out! Definitely worth it though.:)

~Gina