Arlene Powers Bird Art and Discussion Site

BCNH2Found out from the Dr. on Friday, I have Stage 4 colon cancer. The good news is that it responds well to treatment. So the battle begins! Thank God, I have a great support team in my family and friends. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. There are still a lot of paintings in me waiting to get out! Have had a lot of fatigue, but have still been working on this one. This is the continuation of the Black Crowned Night Heron.

Well, that is a new one on me! Going into the store the other day, I noticed green slime all over the sidewalk, and as I was leaving the checker said, “Watch out for the caterpillars!” I had been in a hurry, so it took that remark to bring it to my attention that all of that slime was squashed caterpillars. On the way out, I looked more closely and realized caterpillars were dropping from the sky. I guess we are going to have to come up with a campaign to save the caterpillars now. 

Realizing I have been in quite the hurry to get the Spix Macaw painting done in time to send with Mary Rose, I realized that I had not even taken the time to talk about them. A lot of you are bird fans, so know their story, but in case some of you are not: The last known wild Spix Macaw died in 2000. There are under 100 in captivity and several breeding projects have been going on to keep the species going. They have been turned over to the Brazilian Government who is in the process of restoring a habitat for them. It is our fervent hope that the species may be restored to the wild, but the project has been beset with challenges. If you are interested, please research more, they are BEAUTIFUL birds, and extinction should not be their fate. We have the capability to save other endangered creatures who are also passengers on our spaceship earth and it is also our responsibility. As much as we have tried to separate ourselves from the natural, it is time to reconnect and realize that we are all  in this together, and each loss of a species is our great loss.BCNH

Ok, so I will step off of my soapbox and give you a glimpse of “Going Native Again”. Here is the rough drawing of my next Black and White project. Hopefully it recognizable as a Black Crowned Night Heron, LOL!

Due to deadlines to get this painting scanned and to Loro Parque before the convention this year, it is time to step away from the painting! A great Big “Thank You” to Mary Rose who is going to take the painting for me. Hope you enjoy!SpixF

Another one of the Spix macaws done! Gotta get back to the drawing board……oops painting board.SPix4

Getting Ahead!

After posting the last update, I realized they look kind of funny without a head, SO here is the Adult Spix with a head, LOL. You are lucky I noticed that or else I would have forgotten to stop and take an update photo. And I would still be merrily painting along forgetting all about you guys in the audience. You are being very quiet…….hmmmmmmm….that must mean you are up to something, it is never quiet around here…. Oh well enjoy the head.Spix3

One show hung, one to go!!! Sept 3, we hang another show (a two person show this time) at the Beatitudes, in the Bistro. The 12 pieces will be there until Nov 30. In between all this matting, framing, and general craziness, paintings are still progressing. Here is a look at the Spix Macaw painting I am working on, hope to get it done in time to send to Loro Parque for the Big Bird Conference there in September. Spix

I have lost count on the cat hair/arlene battle as I have been framing so many pieces the last month or so…let me tell you though, there are definitely cat hairs in most of the drawings/paintings. Just when I think I have it nailed, another one appears…..I think it is Cats 24 – Arlene 0 about now. And just when you thought things were settling down…….along comes the feather storm. My floors are covered in down feathers….it looks like it is snowing in August. AND, YES, they make their way into everything too. I took some kickstarter packages to the US PO the other day and white down feathers were drifting off the package, LOL! The Post Office worker looked AT ME KIND OF FUNNY….SHE MUST NOT HAVE BIRDS, LOL! So how does she find excuses to go to the art store to buy new pencils and brushes?!?!?!?!?

I am still crazy busy getting rewards mailed out for the Kickstarter project and framing 12 more pieces for a two person show which starts Sept 3, but due to popular request, am taking a few minutes to post some photos from my first solo show! SunnyHere is Sunny at the artist reception with one of the Seniors.

 

And here are photos of the paintings after they were hung.Show5 Show4 Show3 Show2 Show1

So tomorrow, I am hanging my first solo show! It starts tomorrow and will run through the end of September. Then, September 3, we hang a two person show which will run through the end of November. Needless to say, I am up to my eyeballs in tape, paper, frames, mat board, drawings and paintings. In the meantime tomorrow, I also pick up the scan of “Bathing Beauty” and prints for my Kickstarter project, so will be up to the elbows in mailing supplies!!! And you wonder what I do in my spare time!!!!

So, here is the start of a new painting, hope to get it completed in time to send it to Loro Parque for the big parrot convention there! Thanks to Maik for the ref photos and permission to use them!

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Spix Macaws

Once Again…..

Once again, I find myself looking at the calendar, realizing that it is July and wondering where the year went?!?!??!? What is up with time? it used to go by so SLOOOOOOW, now it is rushing by at the speed of light, and I am not even used to writing 2014 yet. Better get the Christmas decorations out quick, or I will miss it too!

Bathing BeautyThere is a WIP in the works, believe it or not, here is the latest version of “Bathing Beauty”.  It is over due, as we just returned from some much needed R&R. We attended a family reunion in Angel Fire, NM. The weather was fabulous, we enjoyed the cool mountain air, visiting with family, the scent of pines, and daily afternoon rains. We missed a huge sandstorm, and came back to 109 degree temps with monsoon humidity.

Mean while back at the cat hair saga……have you ever tried to put a bandaid on your toe in a house full of cat fur? I got to try it last night, and let me tell you, after going through a whole box of bandaids, I finally got one on with only  one cat hair in it. Any of you cat owners out there…….buy stock in bandaids! As I type, one of the cats has decided to take up residence on my asdfjkkllill;’,mnbnvcttyuioop, oops……… Keyboard. Oh no, now there is long black cat hair all over my keyboard and stuck to the screen.  Cats 5 – Arlene 0.

Excuse me a moment….there goes the phone…..hello…..uh excuse me while I go to the back room, my parrots are all screaming, hello……..uh….excuse me while I get all of the cat fur out of my mouth…..OK, uh hello…..click……buzzzzzzzzzzzzz….Hmmmmmm guess it was a wrong number. Hello Charlie…..Hello Loki…..Hello……Birdie and Sunny. I am off the phone, you can all stop screaming now. Parrots 1,253 – Arlene 0    Ohhhhhhh sweet silence, so much better.  Oh no, here comes the cat again!

Seriously, have you ever tried to mat and frame a painting in a house full of cat fur?!??! First, you have to brush the painting thoroughly, use a tape roller to remove any missed hairs. Then the mat must be cut and secured to the painting, making sure to put acid free board behind the painting to protect the back. NOW you are almost ready. Quickly clean the glass and use canned air to remove any missed cat hairs, and QUICKLY put the matted painting into the frame………..OH NO…..cat hair behind the glass…….OK, so we repeat procedure, brush and tape roller painting and glass………and  OH NO!!!!! Still cat fur behind the glass……..Ok, repeat procedure again……… still cat hair. Ok, so hang the painting with the cat hair……..sigh…….guess the cat hair makes the painting look better. You know come to think of it, I saw an original Van Gogh at the museum, and noticed a lot of brush hairs and cracks in this oil painting……..maybe those weren’t brush hairs after all……..Van Gogh must have had a cat.

Ok, I must get to the day’s drawing results. A sweet, kind Facebook friend of mine has given me permission to paint her beautiful rose breasted cockatoo, Bambi. Here is the drawing on the watercolor paper, in my Otto Paper Stretcher. I usually edit it out, but for those who have an interest in how I keep my paintings flat, you might want to see it.  This one is for you Holly!!!Bathing Beauty

 

 

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