I love this time of year and often enjoy creating from our back deck where I can keep an eye on the orioles and other "Geographic moments" that happen to unfold. I'm often gifted with surprises (and horrors!) from mother nature among as assorted creatures stop in for a visit. (I count praying mantis larger than hummingbird among the horror!)
Friday was a lovely day perfect for creating on the deck, so I gathered my supplies and several projects and headed outside. I've been working on another "Outside the Book" journal project, "I", and finished that to near completion. ( I know you can't wait - I'll be posting that later on in the week!) I then turned to my journal.
I really had nothing in mind when I started. I only knew that I really felt like writing about some of the things I had been thinking about as I worked on my "I" project, so I used a marker and began to write. When I finished writing, I covered my writing with a thin layer of yellow, white and orange colored craft acrylics. I like the look it creates. What I wrote wasn't important to my finished spread, but it added great texture and I got my thoughts out on the page.
I still wasn't certain of where my spread was headed, but I knew I wanted more paint dripping, oozing and splattered. I wet the left vertical edge of my spread and dropped in blobs of turquoise and purple and let them run in horizontal streaks across the entire spread. While I was waiting for it to dry, I watched the orioles come in to feed. They had been amusing me all afternoon as they swoop in, chatter at me, and indulge heavily at the feeder all in a matter of about 40 seconds. That's when the idea of "dash and dine" came to me, and all the turquoise and pumpkin colors in my background were a perfect background for a jar of grape jelly and the bright orange feeder and orioles.
I began by adding "Dine & Dash with white acrylic. I then lightened an area for the sun and sketched it in lightly along with the feeder using a marker. Next, I added a rough sketch of my generic grape jelly jar. After those items were completely painted, I added the birds. Lastly, I added the white highlights in the lattice and around the bird on the feeder.
I included 2 other regular feeders and lovers of grape jelly; the house finch and the cat bird. The orioles have begun to take chunks of jelly with them as they fly off - I think the babies are here! The finch are very fleeting and don't like their photos taken, and the cat birds are comical and brazen and have no fear of me. I love their little "mohawk" hairstyle. They all get along very peaceably at the feeder with the exception of the occasional squabble. I think there might be a lesson in that for all of us. Happy creating from my fowl friends and me!