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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Having a Bird

Another week slipped by with no studio time!  I decided to get in there this afternoon and rectify the situation.  Nothing planned, a quick sort of scribble sketch, and then let the watercolours flow.

©2011 L.Ciacco, Strange Birds, watercolour on paper, 9.5 x 11 in.

Now, I don't want anybody looking up this bird in an ornithology book! 

Slipping a mat (even though it's not the right size) over the painting gives an idea of what it would look like if it was framed.

This was about an hour's worth of play time. 
I hope you're finding time to play as well.
Make a play date with your self!
(I must remember to follow my own advice)



  1. Why do I get the impression that your subject would have a plummy English accent? he lady, not the bird.

  2. "there's a bluebird in my heart that
    wants to get out
    but I'm too tough for him,
    I say, stay in there, I'm not going
    to let anybody see

    do you know Bukowski's Bluebird poem? i wonder how it would sound if your woman here (with such an indescribable expression on her face, fear, sorrow, concentration, amazement) had written it.

    i love it, to put it simply.

  3. DCW,
    I think it has something to do with her whinnying expression.

  4. Roxana,
    What perfect lines to go with this picture! I really had no idea what it might mean when I painted it. I am only a little familiar with Bukowski's work but would like to get to know it better. Our mutual pal, Owen, has often mentioned him and piqued my curiosity as well. Thank you for translating my picture for me. As for her facial expression...she could be about to cry, but from joy or sorrow or shock or happy surprise...?

  5. i am not very familiar with Bukowski myself and from what i know, i don't think i would like him too much, but this Bluebird poem is really good and it speaks to me so much, like your painting.

    you can check it here:

  6. you're welcome.

    yes, i love it when this happens :-)

    oh and did i mention how much i like the pic showing your colours on that table with the most incredible coffee-like hue? :-)

  7. Roxana,

    I just read the poem and you certainly did pick just the right lines to attach to my picture. Mr.B is definitely rough around the edges.

    The table is a large and heavy desk in my studio, enhanced in the photo through the grace of Photoshop.

  8. I'll try to have some time like yours (not to paint... I'm not really good at this) but to dream, reminding me your work. A bird in Paradise with a little walk in cubism an imagination.

  9. Ötli,
    Play and dream on! It's good for the soul.

  10. I love the colors of this beautiful painting, nose and chin reminiscent of Picasso.

  11. Love the freedom and ferocity of the gestures, markings, and colors. Once again I have a strong affinity for your subject. Maybe a bit angry, maybe a bit confused by current circumstances, but there is an inner peace if one can just drill or float past thought. Like your beautiful watercolor, I will welcome the emergence of my bluebird...

  12. Leovi,
    Yes, I understand the curlicue sort of lines could call up some Picasso influence. I love using the watercolours straight from the pan--they seem so pure.

  13. Stickup,
    Your interpretation of/
    relationship with this picture unveils a deeper meaning for me. Someone very close to me is going through a hard time of hurt and bewilderment and great upheaval in her life and I have been trying to counsel her in ways to find inner peace and strength to get through such hard times. Between your comment and Roxana's, I stumble across the meaning of my own work.

    Have you read Pema Chodron's "When Things Fall Apart" or Thich Nath Hanh's "Peace is Every Step"? Those books have helped me through challenging times in my life.
    Be well.

  14. Wild,bold and the colours and these amazing blue eyes.

    Wishing you many more hours of play time!

  15. Thanks for those recommends. I haven't heard of either, but they sound right up my alley. I'm writing down the names and will see if my library has them. Your friend is lucky to have you!

  16. Forest Dream
    Oh how I love to have those adjectives--"wild, bold, and wonderful"--applied to my work. Now if I could only manage to apply them to myself!

  17. Stickup,
    You're welcome, and thank you!