Book of Birds

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Book of Birds

By Nadina Mackie

About the Book:

Book of Birds is a collection of the artist’s vividly original paintings of mostly North American birds, plus five gorgeous lilac-breasted African rollers. The paintings are gently humorous, sometimes touching, sometimes giving pause for reflection. Always, they are full of joy. From ardent songbirds to wry grackles, cocky cardinals, and chatty jays to a radiant kingfisher, regal pelicans and philosophical ravens, the reader will finish the book feeling the birds have looked at them, as much as they have looked at the birds.

Book of Birds will appeal to nature lovers and art lovers of all ages. 

 About the Author:

Nadina Mackie is a well-known Canadian bassoonist, artist, and author. While she began drawing before she could walk, her professional art career began with creating the logo for her father’s architectural plans, and then later, building original displays for large storefronts in Toronto. Her work has expanded to creating illustrations for books by other bassoonists and one-of-a-kind works of art in a wide range of media. Her work can be found in over a hundred collections in Canada, the USA, Mexico, and Germany. Nadina is also the author of Solitary Refinement: Concepts for the Committed Bassoonist  (FriesenPress).

Nadina lives in the near north of Ontario, Canada, in the last log house built by B. Allan Mackie, with Diva, a slightly cynical senior calico.

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BIRDS – Commissioners’ Club

BIRDS – Commissioners’ Club

Inspired by a casual suggestion from my son, I began this series of paintings in the summer of 2021 for the McKellar Market near my home in Ontario.

Jake (#1 son) challenged me to do the paintings within an hour, which I did for the first 20 (40? my speed rate fluctuated, but always tried to hustle) and discovered that to be oddly exhausting; I now allow myself more time. I do love rapid sketch style of the early beta birds, I also love the detailed emotions and colors of current avians.

I have painted 60 birds since August, 2021, all in acrylic on small wood gallery panels, 8″ x 8″ x 1.5″.  And you can see my larger works on my website.

The next commissioning cycle starts in 2024. The paintings will be 12″ x 12″ on custom birch wrap panels, $380 plus shipping and HST/GST (in Canada). The commissioner  pays when painting is completed. 

Write to me if you want to commission. And if you cannot afford original art, there are some lovely prints on my Society 6 page. And credenzas.

And you can have all 60 birds and the inspiration to make your own from my newest book, Book of Birds.


Newest concerto by American superstar Augusta Read Thomas, April 30 at 8 pm at SUNY Fredonia, New York. Open to public and livestreamed.

This composer is full of ferocious joy and energy, and this relatively short (13′) concerto has enthusiastically kicked my butt for the last few months. I’m truly looking forward to the event of playing it live with the committed and strong students at SUNY Fredonia with their leader, Dr Paula Holcomb.

I have made mixed media art as an almost unconscious part of the reflection and integration of this challenging and dynamic and very new piece of music.

And here is a quote from the composer:

“Music for me is an embrace of the world – a way to open myself up to being alive in the world in my body, in my sounds, and in my mind.”— Augusta Read Thomas