Tag: bird

Father’s Day

Happy belated Father’s Day

White-winged fairy wren

35 x 27.5 cms.
Sepia ink, black ink and watercolor.

Males are more colorful or ornamented than females in most, but not all, bird species. Understanding this phenomenon requires a basic grasp of the evolutionary forces that shape the behavior and morphology of individuals and species.

Charles Darwin developed much of the theory that helps explain this. He proposed that traits promoting survival in individuals are favored by the process of natural selection, whereas traits that help the individuals of just one sex (usually the males) compete for mates are favored by sexual selection. Sexual selection is responsible for many of the features unique to one sex in a given species.

These features can be divided into two general categories: those acting as weapons that allow males to fight for access to females (antlers on deer, for example) and those acting as ornaments that attract the attention of females, such as long tails on birds.

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Glorified Death

Glorified Death

Death is a sketchy thing. A messy thing.

Birds, the epitome of freedom, lightness and conquerors of higher frontiers find death in many painful ways: crashing on buildings, eaten by predators, drop by cold weather, fallen from their nests… to me, it’s a shocking image to find dead birds on the city, on gardens, half-eaten by predators, ants or worms, or rolled over by cars on the street.

What once was lively defying gravity, jumping on branches and singing early in the morning now serves a larger purpose and feeds others, transforming itself and becoming one with their environment.

This series “Glorified Death” is a homage to life and death. To the beauty of decaying matter transmuting into gold.

Dimensions: 13.8 x 8.8 cms

Materials: Light Cerulean Blue, Indigo Blue and Metallic Gold on Fabriano Aquarelle 240g


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