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  • Writer's pictureWesley Bowers

Flo Flynn & Friends: "Birds of a Different Feather"

Hello and welcome!

I have some exciting ART news!

Flying Jewel (formerly Hummingbird)
Flying Jewel

A friend of mine about a month ago told me about an upcoming art exhibition and said that I should include some art. He said that the theme was birds and wings, so I looked around at what I had and knew that I would include the one bird painting (in 2020) that I did called Hummingbird... a tad on the nose, but I wasn't sure I was going to do more birds at that time, so it seemed logical enough. I asked him if there was a limit to how many that could be entered and if they had to be created within a certain timeframe. He said no to both, so I thought to myself, "Hummingbird was in for sure!" Since I had some time, I figured that I would add a few friends.

I proceeded to paint on three more birds to add to the show. I was also working on some other art for another show I was entering - I'll get to that another time, though. I worked on the three birds simultaneously. I wanted them to be in a similar style, though I did change how I perceived the subjects and didn't just give a literal translation of them.

Winged Tiger AKA Great Horned Owl
Winged Tiger

The first of the three to get finished was the Great Horned Owl that I affectionately called Winged Tiger after finding out that it is a nickname for that particular kind of owl. Plus, it was apropos that my version of this bird of prey happened to be brilliant oranges and yellows. The bold background then became a wonderful deep teal.

The second bird to get completed was a quail. Because of how they often stand as sentinels and lookouts to survey when they can continue on their journey, I though that it would be a great nickname for the bird. Coupled with it being golden in the image that I concocted, I dubbed the piece Golden Sentinel.

The third piece depicts a desert native, the roadrunner. It has a few nicknames as well, and the one I ended up choosing was Snake Killer. Roadrunners are fascinating to watch as they move because they appear to glide and their tail moves up and down like a teeter-totter, but with such finesse and grace. It also has a number of peculiar calls that range from a screech to a whimpering dog sound.

I finished the bird pieces the weekend before the day the paintings were to go to the exhibit.

I am so grateful for this opportunity because I have not been in an art show or exhibition in fifteen years! It has been great to work on new pieces and subject matter.

The show is called Flo Flynn & Friends: "Birds of a Different Feather" and is going on from August 8, 2022 through September 28, 2022 at the Clarkdale Memorial Library in Clarkdale, Arizona. Their hours are Monday-Thursday from 1PM to 5:30PM, Friday 8AM to 12PM. If you happen to be in the area, drop in!


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