Thursday, October 26, 2006

bird 7"x5.5"

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7 comments:

Gr said...

poor little birdie. There is a shine on this, is it a medium or is it wet paint? it looks very realistic and richly painted.

Chuck Law said...

Very well done Craig. A subject near and dear to me. I'm wondering how you came upon the bird.

craigstephens said...

Thanks guys!
The photo has some glare because it's still wet and I'm not a good enough photographer to get rid of it :-)
I found the bird near a big window when I was walking to lunch. I assumed that it ran into the window and met it's end. After lunch I grabbed a paper plate and collected it for the painting. I felt bad for it but didn't want to take any chances with H5N1.

Anonymous said...

After "Viewing" by DK, I was really hoping not to stumble across another dead bird painting.

Anonymous said...

This is the same 'anonymous' again; feel free to delete the above comment. I tried to delete it myself, but I'm not able to. This is technically a good painting and actually better than Keiser's "Viewing"; it's just that it makes me upset to see dead animals.

craigstephens said...

It is certainly not my intention to make anyone feel bad with my choice of subject matter. I had already decided on painting something else when I came across the bird. I think it must have just hit the window when I found it. It was the saddest thing I'd seen all week. The challenge was to render it as faithfully as possible and hopefully capture some of its pathos.

melly53 said...

Very nice. We all have to go sometime. It was nice that you honored the bird with this lovely painting.