BIRDS – Commissioners’ Club

Inspired by a casual suggestion from my son, I began this series of paintings this summer for the McKellar Market near my home in Ontario.

Jake challenged me to do the paintings within an hour, which I did for the first 20. I deemed that to be oddly exhausting and now allow myself more time. I like the rapid sketch style of the early beta birds, and I also love the detailed emotions and colors of current avians. Now that my regular employment as a bassoonist and teacher is starting to return, I hope to continue making birds though it might take more time.

I have painted 47 birds since August, 2021, all in acrylic on small wood gallery panels, 8″ x 8″ x 1.5″. After painting the first 42, I introduced the Commissioners’ Club, using custom-made (Upper Canada Stretchers in Owen Sound) birch-wrap panels and the commissioner is invited to specify the species of bird. Some commissioners continue to leave the choice up to me. And one of the commissions is for an imaginary bird! These birds are $120 Canadian, plus shipping and HST/GST (in Canada). The commissioner only pays once they approve of the art that I make. I currently have 21 commissions on my waiting-for-the-birds list. Delivery times are vague and my painting schedule has to fit around concerto practicing and the upcoming performances that might actually happen if covid backs down and my visas come through. I haven’t figured out how to add this concept to my shop since the actual paintings are sold before I create them, so you just have to write to me if you want to be on the list. Most commissioners order one and a few have ordered  two, or four, or even eight (if you want a flock!).I have really enjoyed making these birds and shipping them across North America (and theoretically world-wide). Let me know if you want one!