David Rees Davies brought us a few of his joyful paintings of birds. These are the first arrivals and hopefully more will follow soon, maybe a spring migration. He sent some words too.
These small oil paintings on wood came about as studies from my collection of British birds purchased from junk shops over the decades. Some of them have appeared in bigger paintings in some guise or other. Two summers ago I set about making a full itinerary (but as more birds join my studio and with my proximity to the marvelous Booth Museum the task is blessedly ongoing).
A pile of MDF (all approximately A4) from random offcuts triggered the start of the studies last summer; abandoned sawn-off accidental abstracts; a means of pleasantly starting my working day, getting the brain kick-started and the paintbrush moving. The counter-balance between the colour fidelity of plumage, beak or feet and the colour and composition of the background is quite arbitrary, yet somehow inadvertently satisfying. Perhaps there was something subliminal going on when the sweep of a green brushstroke echoes the contours of a waxwing or the blackbird’s eye complements a faux Hodgkin/Hitchens daub.
And then there was a fearless damselfly, a surprisingly brave guest at this conference of the birds.
These birds below have yet to arrive. They are presently looking for suitable frames in which to nest.
See David’s page on The Rowley Gallery website.