I am giving a workshop on August 17th for the Chiswick Pier Trust based on bird life found on the River Thames.
For those who follow my blog, you will know that I paint hummingbirds – a subject I have used as symbolic imagery in my paintings for over thirty years. However, I don’t often show other bird images, and so thought this would be a good opportunity to do so, and at the same time talk about how I approach the subject.
Mallard duck in flight – River Thames
In painting birds, I need to become a bird. I have to experience within myself the sensation and feeling of freedom and movement which so inspires we mere mortals.
The medium of watercolour is perfect for this. It allows me to express myself spontaneously – and at the same time capture the essence of my subject.
How often do we say – I would love to be as free as a bird……..
When I can’t make sense of the world, I imagine that I am a bird – observing our world from a much clearer point of view. It can be very illuminating……
Mallard duck coming in for landing….
“The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.” J M Barrie.
Of course, I must finish with hummingbird…..The little flying jewels that symbolise for me the ‘unseen magic’ in our world. Hummingbird with Bird of Paradise….