Tag: for the birds

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.

Learn more here

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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Life in Colour

Life in Colour

Volume 01

Life in Colour is a sketchbook depicting birds while I learn and experiment with different dry and wet media and techniques.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

This first sample of selected works include coloured pencils (Prismacolor Scholar [36], Prismacolor Premier [72], Faber Castell Polychromos [24], and Watercolour pencils Staedler [36]); student-grade gouache [12],
student-grade Staedler watercolor [12], and white acrylic paint.

The paper selection is Fabriano® Sketch A4 (90g), Strathmore® Mixed Media 200 11”x14” (75g), Fabriano® Sketch A3 75g, Strathmore® Watercolor 9”x12” 400g and Fabriano® Tiziano black.

Todas las ilustraciones por Delmy Alvarenga.
Guatemala, Mayo 09 – Junio 15, 2020


Published under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

You are free to:

  • Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
  • The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.

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Crow

Crow

Spirit + Totem + Power animal

Need help seeing danger when it approaches? Are you questioning your intelligence? Is valuable time in your life slipping by but you’re not really living?  

Crow teaches you to recognize your own self-worth and how to see profound truths, no matter how harsh.  

Chicken

Chicken

Spirit + Totem + Power animal

Need a little help fulfilling your promises? Wondering if someone is sincere?

While we will not try to answer the question of whether the Chicken or the Egg came first, that thought process gave meaning to Chickens as being an emblem of fertility and new beginnings for starters. 

Condor

Condor

Spirit + Totem + Power animal

Looking to assert your freedom? Trying to break from what confines you from greater independence?

Peruvians connect the Condor with the heavenly Thunderbird. This correlation has much to do with Condor’s expansive wingspan, which is larger than any other bird of prey, measuring around nine feet. Watching this bird fly on the highest winds is nothing short of awe-inspiring. So, it’s not surprising to find that Condor Symbolism and meaning ties together with inspiration and creativity. 

Cardinal

Cardinal

Spirit + Totem + Power animal

Missing a beloved family member or friend? Need the confidence to be your most magnificent self?

The bright red color of this member of the Finch family, along with its sharp song, add to the symbolism and meaning behind Cardinal. The Bird is particularly focused on in Christian tradition where it represent the eternal nature of our soul and the sacrifice of Christ. It’s interesting that the Latin term for Cardinal means pivot or hinge. These Birds are named for the Cardinals of the Catholic church, with their brilliant red robes.

Bluejay

Bluejay

Spirit + Totem + Power animal

Need to pave a pathway to exceptional communication? Want to make the most of your potential? 

Bluejays are incredibly smart and focused, and they don’t tolerate nonsense.

In the wild, Blue Jay attacks any enemy with bravery and assertiveness. This boldness expresses itself, even more, when the nest is in danger’ this Spirit Animal protects his home without reservation even in the face of a larger predator. 

Blackbird

Blackbird

Spirit + Totem + Power animal

Want the world to hear your authentic voice? Looking to master trancework or to communicate with spirits?

Blackbird as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal can help!

Blackbird teaches you how to reveal hidden truths while embracing tremendous transformation.

Delve deeply in Blackbird symbolism and meaning to find out how this animal spirit guide can support, encourage, and motivate you!

Postcards from home [For the Birds]

I have an artistic fascination for birds. In May 2018, I started a one-month project called “For the Birds”. The idea was to hand-draw one bird per day.

Now, on my tenth day of #StayHome, I decided to join the #IsolationCreation global online movement, which is a creative response to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. I decided to unpack my skills and give life to my pencil birds by creating some digital illustrations.

As you can see, the digital versions are not exactly the same as the pencil ones, but reinterpretation of previous work is always the artist prerogative 😉

Thank you for staying home!

Made with love

Delmy Alvarenga

LIMITED TIME [until May 9th, 2020]

POST-VIRUS, PRE-BIRTHDAY GIVE AWAY!

I’m celebrating my birthday in exactly one month (may 9th), and I hope that this social distancing will be over by then but again, who knows?

Still, I want to celebrate it with you, no matter what the global legislators decide on this pandemic.

For this, I will be printing postcards of this “For the Birds” series with a full colour version in the front and an outline drawing in the back, so you can
colour it it you wish.

If you want to take part, please DM me @sinrevelar the number of your favourite bird (swipe right for more). I will contact you to make arrangements and send you a physical postcard to a mailing address, once mailing becomes safe again.

Please, be patient, you shall receive the postcard… someday in the future.

Thank you for staying home!