After coming upon me painting my second ostrich painting this week, Dan asked me, "Do you have a particular thing about ostriches?" I said, "No, about birds..." But the more I've thought about it, ostriches look like family to me. And then I remembered this poster my brother brought home when we were teens which showed a herd (gaggle? murder?--anybody know?) of ostriches, many with mouths wide open, which had as its caption, "When all is said and done, there's a lot more said than done. " It seemed to fit our family dynamic, and we were aware enough of that to find it funny. So, maybe I do have a long-buried affection for ostriches.
This image is of the canvas with its midnight blue under painting still showing in the shape of the birds, with collage all around. I had first drawn the three ostriches in watercolor pencil on the toned canvas.
Next, I began to detail the birds and fill in the background scene.
I will endeavor to work more on this today, plus I've prepared other canvases. Then, there are these couple of commissions that are lurking around. One is very fun--yellow peanut M &Ms. Man, I love my work!