Blue bird

Pen and ink on blue watercolor

I have been doing mythic birds for as long as I can remember.  There is something about their form that makes it easy to compose a picture the way I want it.  This one, completed within the past week is not atypical.  I have to admit that I seem to like them more than do other people.  I haven’t sold too many (although, once, three or four were stolen).  But, on the other hand, that hasn’t stopped me.  There is something surreal about these birds.  It is hard to guess this one’s scale.  If those are low hills in the near background, than it is huge, a bird of destruction and death.   The effect that I am attempting to capture is similar to midieval etchings.  A couple of folks  thought that some of the birds I’ve done remind them of woodcuts.  I did a quick bird with a Sharpie on the back of a paper table mat for a waiter-friend at a local Chinese restaurant last evening.  As I say, I do a lot of birds, maybe more than I should.


About mmgilbert

I have been drawing and painting all my life. Now part of the “New Symbolist” movement which encompasses both Goth, fantasy and tattoo art as well as the century-old work of Odilon Redon, I focus on archetypal and mythic imagery to evoke emotional themes and to reference darker fantasies. I have an abiding interest in figurative drawing, working on paper and exploring new ways to handle traditional materials. I studied with Edward Millman, a WPA muralist; at Purchase College; and at the Art Students League in New York.
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2 Responses to Blue bird

  1. jessie says:

    have you ever seen a book called the ice-cream cone coot? by arnold lobel? it is a children’s book of birds made out of ordinary things, but the pictures are amazing and fanciful and the style is similar to yours. i think you would really like it.

    • mmgilbert says:

      Jessie, I will take a look. Meanwhile, I looked at your work. I wish I was as good a draftsman as you. And, in using the word “draftsman,” I mean it in the very best way. Picasso and da Vinci were superb draftsmen. And, so are you.

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