It was pretty heartwarming when my parents called me up to tell me they had a dead bird for me. I'm taking it as reassurance that they've come to terms with the fact that I didn't go to med school like my sister.
This beauty is a Varied Thrush. I immediately thought of Thomas Hardy's "The Darkling Thrush." I'm learning the local bird species one dead bird at a time.
|Icarus IV, 8x10", oil on linen|
I've painted this chippy teal wood three times, so this time I changed the colour a teensy bit to better complement the orange of the bird and the green of the ivy. My favourite part of the painting in the beak and chin area. Isn't it annoying how it's the areas that go quickly and effortlessly that are the best, and the parts that took a lot of work always remain dissatisfying? Someone should fix that about the universe.
Icarus IV is up for auction right now. Go take a look if you were thinking to yourself, "My interior decorating lacks a certain je ne sais quois. Perhaps a dead bird would tie everything together."
(eBay and Blogspot strip metadata from images, resulting in distorted colours. The eBay picture looks absolutely awful. The picture above is very close to the painting, although a bit lighter and more saturated. No amount of tinkering made the photo above match the painting perfectly. If you really need to see a perfect picture, message me and I'll send one to you.)