Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Chickadees

Take this:

and this:
and this:

put them all together, and that's what I've been working on. Things just magically come together during the creative process. They start to 'gel' without you consciously knowing what's happening. The pieces, like a puzzle, start to fit together and before you know it you're mind is saying, "hmmmmmmm". That's why I think the artist date is so important. And shopping. When I shop, it's not so much to buy things as to mine new ideas.

So, it started with a walk in the woods. You may remember this picture from a previous post.

The rows of trees, the solitude, the quiet, all made me wonder about where all the birds and other animals were hiding. Nothing moved, except me. Those trees stayed in my mind for days. And then I read an article about those little chickadees that make their way to my feeder at the same time every day for breakfast lunch and dinner. They must be constantly active during the day to maintain their body heat because every night they can lose up to 15% of their body weight. And they survive the long cold nights by bundling together. What a sight that would be. "Hmmmm."

The background is painted with acrylics, as are the little chickadees. As of now, I'm not sure enough about the whole composition so I don't want to put it out there quite yet. But at least
my mind is working again! Hooray for that!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

You are so creative....I love reading your blog!

Homeleightigger said...

These pix of your work are wonderful Kathy - very inspirational. Hope you are feeling a lot better - I think you must be! Val

Louise Schiele said...

Kathy..I love your chickadees..that is the nickname I have for my 10 year old granddaughter as she's always moving around, chatting, never stops...I can't imagine the solitude you must be experiencing in Maine, here in sunny California all we experience is the sun and the rain and mild temps..working on our tans at all times.
Louise Schiele, Sacramento, Ca