I love birding and always get inspiration from them for artwork and quilts. I was out and saw this WEIRD bird, 2 football fields away across the muck... I decided it was a very strange owl, tan on top and black on the bottom; a headless bird; or a sleeping anhinga.
Stomped thru muck that got all over my pink tennies...
Ok if you guessed number three you are correct!
But he is so DEAD looking...
But then he wakes up!
And he flops and waddles away, so funny!
I have almost finished my Anhinga quilt, but it was already started before this episode!
Nothing says Florida better than fab foliage, great architecture and a flamingo! This is my collaboration with President George W. Bush. Let me explain. I went to Palm Beach to view his amazing collection of paintings, Portraits of Courage at the Four Arts Center. I was so inspired by his vibrant oils! Then I went back outside and was inspired again by the approaching sunset, the gorgeous foliage and flowers and the beautiful architecture. I took some pictures and my favorite was this panorama of majestic buildings. I loved it so much I had it printed on fabric and it was the basis for this piece. I wanted to represent the rich leaves and gardens with fantastic stitched and beaded leaves, and of course my favorite bird, the flamingo. Add a fabulous, colorful sky and you have my interpretation of one of our south Florida sunsets.
Spring birding has been great. Excited to see a Northern Parula for the first time, a small warbler that favors the tops of tall trees, in this case the Silky Oak. It is feeding among the brilliant orange blooms, too far away for me to photograph, but here are some pictures of this beautiful little bird.
I have always been an artist and with art quilts I have found a way to combine my two loves of painting and textiles.