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 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 54 birds since August, 2021, all in acrylic on small wood gallery panels, 8″ x 8″ x 1.5″.
The next commissioning cycle starts in August 2023. The paintings will be 12″ x 12″ on custom birch wrap panels, $480 plus shipping and HST/GST (in Canada). The commissioner pays when painting is completed.
I’m flying to Prince George next week to perform Mathieu Lussier’s ODDBIRD CONCERTO with the Prince George Symphony Orchestra, led by Michael Hall on May 29 at 2:00 pm
I started the bassoon when I was in high school in Prince George and my first orchestral experiences were with this orchestra when it was first created. Amazing to return as a senior bassoonist, playing one of the great concerti written for me, on a Canadian-made blue Bell bassoon. Then I’m going to visit Nadina Mountain and other places of my youth. Please join me for the concert if you can!
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