Apifera Farm - where art, story, animals & woman merge. Home to artist Katherine Dunn

©K.Dunn. All rights reserved.




Thursday, June 02, 2011

Bird soaks in me



My new book often describes my intuitive process for "capturing the essence" of a feeling, time, creature or person. I am not sure I can say that this is always my main goal when I get up in the morning, to capture the essence of things all day, but I feel that is what my art's purpose is, to be emotive for me and viewers.

While I was in the barn yesterday taking pictures of the building, I heard the distinctive call of the Bullock Oriole. The photo is nothing worth talking about, but I felt compelled to take it. At that instant I was moved by the small little body immersed in bramble, sitting on a falling down fence. His strong song piercing through the barn felt juxtaposed to his small stature.

That was an attempt to document that moment's essence and use it later as a "jog" for my memory in order to start a painting. Later that day I felt moved enough to do something in color and shapes. I played with an old original digitally collaging so the birds were as big as their song. The falling down fence has my respect and so achieved color. Sometimes the moment captured on film or recorded in our memories evolve in the art as the muses let us journey in a self beating rhythm.

10 comments:

turquoise cro said...

Tanager says TWEET TWEET, thank YOU for drawing me! I LOVE to be remembered! I was watching 2 Blue Jays today! They were thick last year but I have only seen the pair so far this year soOOOOo my painting would be of a great BIG pine tree and 2 Blue Jays!

doreen said...

I love this painting! it's wonderful....as is all of your art! thanks for sharing...Doreen

Delisa said...

I love your painting Katherine, when I look at it, it makes me feel so "free". I love the movement! I hope you are having a nice friday and that a wonderful weekend awaits. Delisa :)

chookgoesbokk said...

i saw a western tanager for the first time recently. it was magnificent! your painting really captures it.

Yamhill Carlton High School ASPIRE Program said...

Serendipity! Not an hour ago, my husband and I were commenting on the new birds at the feeder. I knew I'd seen this type when we lived across the valley, but I could NOT recall its name. And my Willamette Valley bird book has been lost since we moved....Then I visit your blog, and voila: There it is! A Western Tanager. I LOVE how you turn these images taken from your daily routines into such colorful works of art.

Apifera Farm said...

I stand corrected! It's a Bullock Oriol. I always get those two mixed up! We have lots of both. The Tanager is really , really bright orange red head and no stripes on wing.

mygrandmothernameismimi said...

I too try to feel the essence of a moment and for a while I have been taking care of my two little grandsons during the day. The essence I try to hold onto is of their childhood moments and when like you, they see and hear a bird 'all together' (because most of the time, they only hear the bird or only see it) it is a memorable moment for them and me.

I have loved your blog and your art for ever. Yea donkeys.

Apifera Farm said...

That is so sweet, "all together"...I love that.

lynne h said...

oh, i just dearly love your art, katherine... xoxo

Apifera Farm said...

So kind, Lynne, thank you!

Post a Comment

Thank you for reading! The farm and my art/writing keep me hopping, so might not respond immediately. Thank you for understanding. ~Katherine & Apifera ~