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Friday, July 3, 2009

Morning Songs of Birds

The current issue of Somerset Studios has directions for its included artists' papers this time. The technique includes a lot of layering--painting, glazing, sanding, etc. I've always been interested in learning more about this technique as I love the layered look.

This is a canvas that uses some of those techniques. I did not have a white gel pen at the time, so I used my silver. Also did not have the inks called for, but I do like the look without that extra layer. It's hard to tell from this image, but some of the lighter areas are metallic.

Recently, early in the morning (like 4 a.m.!) I can hear the birds' beautiful songs. I just read that these are sort of like mating songs--each bird singing its own special notes, trying to attract another bird. Now that I know this, I appreciate their beautiful songs, laying in my dream-like state, half-awake and half-asleep.

The text is from a dictionary and says "morning songs of birds." The text is glued on a piece of tape. I found the roll a few years ago on a walk--battered and worn. Seems to fit perfectly here. The squiggles seem to me like random notes, adding up to a beautiful melody.


  1. Haven't taken the time to look at the new issue yet! I must - love this piece, Marge. I love to listen to the birds in the early early morning too. Love the tape!

  2. NICE! I can't read any of the red text on a dark computer screen!