A Tiny Blackhawk Flyby–and upcoming events

Four months have past since my last post–YIKES!!!  You don’t want to know gory details of why.  Mostly because I don’t remember all the details, life’s been so busy–all is well though.

Here’s a painting I’ve been working on.  It’s not quite finished, but I wanted to share and even take a vote.  I am experimenting with a new format for my bird watcher series.  Paintings without the mannequin.  I wrote a poem to go with this painting and was considering writing it on the painting in the big white spot.  However, now I’m questioning that wisdom–when it’s finished I think it may look nice blank.  Here’s the poem I wrote, called A Tiny Blackhawk Flyby.

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A Tiny Blackhawk Flyby–work in progress

A tiny Blackhawk does a flyby.

Its target—delicate flower heads dangling above.

Possibly he’s pursuing that pesky gnat—I hope he is.

With a whir he’s gone. Where? I look around.

A chirp, then a flash—I see him—perched and preening atop a branch.

He seems so small, fragile, in fact—his life measured in fractions of seconds, ounces, and inches.

As if to puncture this notion in my head—he dives at the speed of sound.

Then, again he hovers above—moving from flower to flower–drinking in each fragrant moment—gathering a memory bouquet.

When the time is right, he’ll visit each memory again.

Lingering—drinking it in—I’ll visit this memory again.the end

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Close up of male Anna’s Hummingbird

UPCOMING EVENTS

It’s Plein Air season!  This year I will be getting in some good practice.

June 24-26–This weekend is Plein Air & More at Cannon Beach, sponsored by the Cannon Beach Gallery group.  I will be painting some of the time in front of my gallery, Northwest by Northwest, other times out in one of the other designated areas, both Friday and Saturday.  I am still not sure what Sunday will hold–I may not be there.  Here is  link to all that is happening this weekend at Cannon Beach if you are interested–cbgallerygroup.com.

July 9&10–Up to 120 artists will have plein air pieces on display at the Chehalem Cultural Center ballroom in Newberg, OR–yours truly will be one of them.  From today through July 6 we will be participating in The Oregon Lavender Paint Out.  Free aroma therapy whilst painting on select farms–what more could an artist want?  A link to all things lavender–WVLavenderFestival.org.

October–Solo show at Boomerang in Vancouver, WA.  Up all month, opening reception October 7–during First Friday Art Walk.

November–Open Studio Tours–more info on that as it comes out

Other misc. projects this summer–finish painting and installing the mural on Andersen Dairy–oh and meet my new granddaughter in August!!!

I’ll post some painting results from the weekend next week–have a lovely rest of the week!

4 thoughts on “A Tiny Blackhawk Flyby–and upcoming events

    • Yes, this is probably a little “sweeter” than normal, but it’s hard to make birds that live on flower nectar not sweet. The wing blur–I opted toward more focused, not sure why.

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