Who doesn’t love birds? They’re so graceful as they soar through the sky, and so beautiful. Humans have always wondered at their seemingly magical ability to fly; the oldest pictograph ever discovered portrays a bird! Birds have always played an important part in the symbolism, myths, and folktales of many cultures, Often they played the part of messengers, linking the human world to the divine or spiritual realms. These magical qualities are one of the reasons I like to create mixed media bird art. Kingfishers have a special meaning for me, and are one of my favorite birds. I had never seen one until my husband and I bought a piece of property that’s bordered on three sides by a huge creek, a place they seem to love. I’m fascinated by their speed, their brilliant colors, and the way they dive into the water to catch fish.
Kingfisher is a piece of mixed media bird art I created using a vintage map, old stamps, an antique book page and ledger paper, and an old ornithology illustration. I love searching for these “treasures” and combining them into something new and unique that others can enjoy. Many of the vintage and antique materials I use in my work are objects that usually would have been thrown out, yet have somehow survived to be recycled into pieces of art. Old maps are one of my favorite materials to use, and this one is especially nice because of the soft colors. Other objects in the collage are open to your interpretation. I think it’s important for viewer to find their own meaning or emotional connection to a piece of art. I believe this piece of mixed media bird art will enrich your life and add a touch of magic to your home or office.