Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Indigo Bunting ~ Grackle Update
9x12 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas/profile 3/4", not framed
I posted a grackle 6"x6" mini for Canvas by Canvas for the Neil Sperry Show and it has been purchased by an artist art collector. Thank you Dee. Yesterday I painted at the Upstairs Gallery with some CBC members on our new collaborative work and then on this personal work from a grackle photo.
When finally getting to my recliner and opening the Fort Worth Star Telegram, I see the grackle has made the front page and it wasn't receiving very good press in an article written by Anna M. Tinsley. My fellow CBC member, Connie, consulted her book "A Guide to Field Identification - Birds of North American" and tells me it looks like an Indigo Bunting and since I am an intuitive painter and not in the least interested in painting a photographic rendering I will call this grackle an Indigo Bunting. For the bird watchers who may read this and find the discrepancies just let me warn you that I'm not painting a specific bird but these are my bird symbols.
Some points made in the front page article:
1. Two falconers, with hawks, Kujo and Blackjack, will hunt roosting grackles.
2. Hawks are rewarded with mouse meat before a grackle meal.
3. Grackles are known as "downtown's feathered menace."
4. Grackle damage and nuisance is unacceptable to the public.
5. A new attitude of "No Grackle Left Behind."
6. Grackles are loud, messy and unafraid of people (I know some people like that)
7. Some people defend the bird because the grackle eats mice and insects, such as crickets and roaches. But others say their mess outweighs any positive points.
8. I will follow this story to see if the falconers will have any luck and I'll keep painting grackles or an Indigo Bunting and let others do the grackle hazing.
Later in the evening, I watched a "tivoed" "Steel Magnolias" (1989) and find that Drum (Tom Skerritt) was in conflict with removing the birds from his trees before the wedding. In the process, he manages to cause Ouiser's dog to suffer emotional distress and lose hair, because of his methods. The tag line for this movie "The funniest movie ever to make you cry." It's a good story of female bonding and how unbreakable that bond is between true friends and about dreams being built and burnt and about bird hazing.
One of my favorite lines uttered by Olympia Dukakis as Clairee "The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize." So according to Clairee maybe we do have some shared character traits of the grackle.