garden variety series (encaustic mixed media)

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Bird #4 (Garden Variety series)Bird #4
2008, beeswax, oil, mixed media on panel, 5" x 9"

( photographic reference not known)
$300.00 US

 

Bird #13Bird #13
2010, beeswax, oil, mixed media on panel, 9" x 5"
$350.00 US

(photographic reference: Anna's Hummingbird by Bert Katzung, used with permission, www.astronomy-images.com)

interesting science video on hummingbird (and dog) tongues - http://www.sciencefriday.com/program/archives/201105276


 

Caterpillar #1 (Garden Variety series)Caterpillar #1
2009, wax, oil, mixed media on panel, 3" x 5"

( photographic reference not known)
$200.00 US

 

Bird #8 (Garden Variety series)Bird #8
2009, beeswax, oil, mixed media on panel, 5" x 9"

(photo. reference: Anna's Hummingbird by Bert Katzung, used with permission, www.astronomy-images.com)
sold

 

Bird #2Bird #2
2008, beeswax, oil, mixed media on panel, 9" x 5"

( photographic reference not known)
$275.00 US

 

Bird #2

Nest #2
2009, beeswax, oil, mixed media on panel, 4" x 4"
$125.00 US

 

( photograph reference from fotosearch.com 19818853)
$175.00 US

Bird #1 & Bird HouseBird #1 & Bird House
2008, beeswax, oil, mixed media on birch panel, (in two parts), Bird: 5" x 9" & Bird House: 2.5" x 4"

( photographic references not known)
sold

 

Bird #5Bird #5
2008, beeswax, oil, mixed media on panel, 9" x 5"

(photographic reference: Boreal owl, aegolis funereus, by Steven Katovich, USDA Forest Service, used with permission, image # 1388020, www.Bugwood.org)
sold

 

Nest #1 (Garden Variety series)Nest #1
2008, beeswax, oil, mixed media on panel, 5" x 9"

( photographic reference not known)

sold

 

Bee #1Bee #1 2008, beeswax, oil, mixed media on panel, 9" x 5"

$275.00 US (sale pending)

 

Birds #7

Birds #7 2009, beeswax, oil, gold leaf mixed media on panel, 14" x 11"

(red cardinals in flight, reference photographs by R.W. Scott, www.gregscott.com; used with permission)

$400.00 US (professionally framed in plain, dark brown wood by David Fallis)

 

Bee #2Bee #2 2000,beeswax, oil, gold leaf mixed media on panel, 9" x 5"
$275.00 US

 

Bees #3Bees #3
2008,beeswax, oil, gold leaf mixed media on panel, 5" x 9"
$275.00 US

 

Statement

When our new garden filled with occupants and visitors, especially birds, I began the Garden Variety series. These mixed media works incorporate layers of decorative Italian or Japanese origami papers (much like wallpaper, suggesting an element of the indoors) under layers of wax encaustic on wood panels. I then paint the images in oil. Because of our own species' domination of its home planet, and upon learning of threats to honey bees (Colony Collapse Disorder) and other critical animal species, I include depictions of partial tree branches, empty or ephemeral nests or thickets, holes in tree trunks, altered honeycomb, and fading/disappearing bird houses. In so doing, I hope to convey the increasing fragility of wild habitats.

Although I am currently taking a break from painting (to perform with Kathy Mata Ballet), I am still building the Garden Variety series, and plan to upload new images onto this page as I have them photographed. Please do check back with this page, from time to time. Thanks!

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Thanks to artist/healer, Josie Rodriguez, for alert to a recent article re: possible confirmed causes of CCD.

I always appreciate assistance identifying any photographic references.

Note: The miniature bird house at the bottom of "Bird #1 & Bird House" was a cardboard crafter's multiple. I covered it with gold leaf and bird feathers, given to me by a neighbor, plus words that I associate with domesticity, which I'd cut out of newspapers. I placed two real, unfertilized finch eggs (also from my neighbor) inside its tiny doorway. These are nested into a soft dog-hair and dryer-lint bedding, and held in place by a small screen of taupe gauze ribbon.

The feathers in Nest #2 and Nest #4 are real; I found them near an abandoned nest in a park, close to my studio.

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