Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Fanciful and Real Birds

I recently saw a wonderful exhibit at the Worcester Art Museum entitled "Highest Heaven: Spanish and Portuguese Colonial Art from the Collection of Roberta and Richard Huber." This show closes on July 9th just a few days from now. It consists primarily of Baroque Period religious art from Central and South America: Peru, Bolivia, México, etc. I focused on a number of works that included birds. They are very fanciful and are similar to some fine contemporary children's book illustration. It makes me wonder.

Below these are a few samples of my recent realistic bird drawings. These make me wonder too!
silver missal stand: detail, Peru, 1700's
detail from a painted desk, Peru or Bolivia, 1700's 

Great Blue Heron
Moon and birds
ink, charcoal

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