It occurs to me that I haven’t yet posted this painting that I finished some time before going on last month’s trip to L.A. This painting came about in a rather unusual way - unusual for me, anyway. As I was perusing (read: wasting time on) Facebook, I came across a post from a gallerist/owner of one of my favorite art galleries. In the post, he basically threw out to the wind his desire for a painting of a parakeet on a crystal. Now, I’m not going to wax on about the state of the economy, but suffice it say that it was a tasty little thing to see, all things considered. I thought about it for about a second and decided to attempt to impress this gallerist and possibly make a sale in the process. Perhaps it was a smart, even savvy way to go about getting attention of those from whom I need it most. But it was probably more of a long-shot type of thing. (I won’t use the word desperation, because that tastes funny on my lips.) Anyway, I decided to do it and I jumped in head first with a few sketches finished that same night. I posted back to the gallerist on FB that he should expect something from me ‘ASAP.’ All right! I’m in! …naive, yes, I know. I knew it then, too. But I made a play and stuck to it. The next day, I went out to a pet store and took my own photographs of parakeets as the ones I was finding on the web just didn’t suit my vision. In the mean time, little did I know, the gallerist made a deal with another artist to do the painting. I decided quickly that I wasn’t going to lose the opportunity to create a talking point with this gallery owner - commission or no. So, I jumped out of my abstract comfort zone and found my love of birds again. Birds as subject matter is not new for me, but this felt new and good. Now, I know that many artists will only talk about their passions and following only the North Star of pure inspiration, but this came from a slightly different place. This was short worded, ‘want,’ on a social networking site. Nothing more. I did not conceive this vision, but I felt comfortable that in the end I had made it my own. And as a ’show-off’ piece, made to shout out my name, as it were, I gave it no less attention or scrutiny or passion and energy than any other of my paintings. I am pleased with it. While I did not get a commission, I did open a door. That’s why I called it, ‘Mimicry of Life,’ because that’s how life works out sometimes.
Please take a second to click through the pics, (click each one, they get bigger.)