Monday, October 06, 2014

A Bird in the Brush

Sparrow Sketch Katherine Kean
graphite 8 x 8 inches
I like to use drawings as a way of exploring ideas for paintings. In the sketch above I'm interested in the way the bird just about disappears into the busyness of all the leaves and branches.

"The Sparrow shown near a window, perched on a ledge, flying in a window, flying outside a window or perched on a branch outside a window, represents the soul of a recently deceased loved one." The Hidden Symbolism of Birds in Western Painting

I'm interested too in symbolism in art, and birds are loaded with cultural and personal meanings. To some, birds represents souls, to some, freedom. To others, birds might bring good or bad luck.

The sparrows I'm drawing like to perch outside my window where a tall cactus grows. When the cactus fruit is ripe the birds appear at dusk in droves, day after day, until nothing remains of the fruits but hollowed out shells. It's plenty of fun to see.


Kathryn Hansen said...

it reminds me of a post i saw on FB about owls and how camouflaged they can be in trees!! will be fun to see this sketch turned into a painting!!!

Katherine Kean said...

Animals have amazing camoflage!

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