Thursday, May 31, 2012

Artwork--"By Any Other Name"

Have a new piece done just in time for a show this weekend, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts' Art Fair.  I did a grosbeak years ago when I was playing around with acrylics.  I believe I gave it to my aunt, who is an RBG nut, for Christmas.

"By Any Other Name." Rose-breasted grosbeak, colored pencil and ink on Bristol board.  8" x 10" framed to 11" x 14"  $395.00

This beautiful bird shows up at our feeders in early to mid-May.  Sometimes he brings a lady friend, and at least once they had babies--I know because I found a dead fledgling under my feeders behind my studio, compliments our neighbor's cat.  Anyway, I love the detail in this piece, there are so many colors that one misses when this bird is viewed from afar. I'm glad I finally got around to revisiting this gorgeous bird.

The name of course comes from the (I believe) Shakespeare quote, "A rose by any other name is still a rose."

Ironically enough, the Woodson Museum's Birds in Art exhibition is currently at the KIA.  I applied this year but did not get selected.  I'll have to go check it out while I'm in town.


  1. ....gorgeous! One of Matty's favorite birds. I'll have to show him...

    1. You're too kind. He went over well at my last show, sold a few prints.