cedar waxwing perched in an airy purple background

16 Aug

As I mentioned yesterday, I am listing several mixed media works in my etsy shop this week, and am doing a week of blog posts about them with a giveaway for a handmade package featuring original artwork, ephemera and more!  To win the goodies in the photo below or one of three 25%OFF coupons for my shop: 1. Comment on yesterday’s post, this one, or any of the following framed feathers posts this week. (one per day) 2. Promo tweet this GIVEAWAY to your followers (be sure to include a URL & an @jessicagowling or @naturesmyfriend) 3.Buy one of the originals from etsy and get 5 automatic entries.  Below is the first lovely mixed media original I am listing and it is perfect for any birder or nature-lover. It features a beautiful cedar waxwing, perched in an airy purple background on a delicate brown branch. This one of a kind work of art was created using a mix of medias including watercolour, acrylic, gouache and ink on a 6×8 canvas board. It has been coated with a glossy varnish and mounted in a great, found, black wooden frame. The framed piece measures 9×7 and can be hung on any wall or sit on any table, dresser or shelf with your other other trinkets and treasures. This original mixed media painting is part of the series “framed feathers.” The series speaks to the notion of collecting, both figuratively and physically. The frames represent the physical entity: found and collected from thrift and charity shops around British Columbia and Alberta, while the original mixed media works represent the figurative notion: bird encounters & sightings are often added to a life collection. This installation breathes life back into these slightly used, forgotten & discarded frames, while playing with the juxtaposition of old vs. new and found vs. created. Want to know a little bit more about Cedar Waxwings? Living in open forests, these incredible passerine birds love to eat sugary fruits, berries and insects. They are coloured yellow/orange and have flashes of grey and white throughout their plumage. Their distinctive features include tiny clusters of red feathers on their wings and the extended feathers on their heads. During courtship the couple passes an object (flower petal or insect) back and forth repeatedly. If you love this little guy you can purchase him here or feel free to leave a comment about it and be entered to win one of three 25% OFF coupon or the lovely feather-themed parcel shown above. Thanks for entering friends – more framed feather friends to come.

9 Responses to “cedar waxwing perched in an airy purple background”

  1. Charlotte 16/08/2011 at 12:16 #

    I absolutely love your work jessica,so inspiring and fresh! Thank you x

  2. Marcus 16/08/2011 at 12:21 #

    Man I better get busy…all these beautiful birds…tweet tweet @ naturesmyfriend

  3. Julia Young (@muddleduck) 16/08/2011 at 13:39 #

    I absolutely love this….your work is always so beautiful x

  4. Jeannine | SaylorMade 16/08/2011 at 16:39 #

    Wow, I love your arrangement in the last photo. Is that at your cabin?

    • naturesmyfriend 16/08/2011 at 17:12 #

      yes! I took photos out on the screened porch! I threw together a cute little still life scene to display all the framed feathers work in. I think it’s nice to show buyers how the work can look in a space. I want to do it with all of my prints, just need to find time :D

  5. Carol 16/08/2011 at 19:54 #

    This one is just beautiful like all of your work. Love the background and the birdie too of course. Thanks for telling us about the Cedar Waxwing as well. : ) It’s great to hear that you are home safe and happy!

  6. shelbyisrad 16/08/2011 at 21:58 #

    Its gorgeous as always!! the background slays me its so perfect!!!

  7. anika 18/08/2011 at 12:31 #

    Such a stunner. I’d give just about anything to see one of these beauties in the wild.

  8. Kye Sangha 20/08/2011 at 08:14 #

    They pass a gift back & forth? That’s so cool! And as ever your little bird has tons of personality!
    I love the little bird sculpture in the pic-very fun!

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