Friday, February 17, 2006


This is craziness. It's only 10 a.m. here at GMT-8 and there are already 95 postings at Illustration Friday! This weekly meme has become a monster. I hope it doesn't collapse under its own weight. Fortunately I have something in the archives to post today. My first thought was 'songbird', but of course my songbirds are missing a few key components -- like flesh. I got the title (The Caged Bird Sings) from the poem I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.

shameless self-promotion portion of this programme:
recipient of Award of Excellence at Federation of Canadian Artists juried show 'Small, Smaller, Smallest' December 2004
owned by Martine Gourbault


Blogger Caroline said...

Fascinating - I love the chain mail effect of bird feet in the back drop. But those birds do look like they've worn themselves out singing!

17/2/06 10:18 a.m.  
Blogger nonoy said...

beautifull ..its music!!!!!

17/2/06 10:22 a.m.  
Blogger isay said...

a mixture of loneliness and happiness. i like the choices of color you have used. and yes, it seems they are singing!

17/2/06 10:25 a.m.  
Blogger Mike Thompson said...

Really neat! I like the colors and abstract quality.

17/2/06 11:08 a.m.  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

Hi Andrea! I felt the same way, at 9:00 when I opened my laptop 93 submissions!!! Love this painting, the descending colourful birds in the backgound, the bird feet pattern and the faces are just amazing! I can see why someone bought this!

17/2/06 11:29 a.m.  
Anonymous Detlef said...

Skeletal songs are my favourite, they are always stripped to the bone, but yet still in harmony.

17/2/06 1:48 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Great piece as ususal Andrea. I was up at 4a.m and there were already 20 something

17/2/06 2:05 p.m.  
Blogger carla said...

Such rich patterns and luminous colors, Andrea. The repetition of the different patterns - the birds, their footprints - creates a rhythm section for the songs that transcend time, passed down through the species. I love too that you tied this to Angelou's poem:>

Yes, IF is out of control huge. I think by the time I post something, there will be several hundred up!

17/2/06 2:06 p.m.  
Blogger cosmos said...

Beautiful Andrea! Do more.

17/2/06 2:29 p.m.  
Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

I just have to say that what Carla said, "their footprints - creates a rhythm section" is BANG ON. She really knows how to look at stuff doesn't she?

17/2/06 4:03 p.m.  
Blogger Anonymous said...

I can see the music here the same way you look at my 'song'! BUT there is nature in yours which creates a strong primeval beat in my stomach :) Love it!

17/2/06 4:35 p.m.  
Blogger CATRAVEN said...

It is haunting and surreal. The artwork tells a story. the kind of painting you could look at for hours and imagine this place, this strange world. Extraordinary

17/2/06 6:41 p.m.  
Blogger AscenderRisesAbove said...

That is truely wonderful!

18/2/06 7:56 a.m.  
Blogger Toni said...

Great poem! and an even awesome piece of art work to go with it. love the visual effect of the birds walking away and into a maize of design.

18/2/06 8:09 a.m.  
Blogger Catnapping said...

i love the warm hues you chose, and the textures are incredible.

a great entry.

and congrats on the BOB!!!

18/2/06 8:55 a.m.  
Blogger Anonymous said...

Forgot to mention BOB too ... Congratulations for being a Best of BOB winner!

18/2/06 1:00 p.m.  
Blogger Nan said...

Very musical...I can feel the beat and sense the motion. I agree with Catraven... you can lose yourself in this painting.

18/2/06 2:00 p.m.  
Blogger Lily and Lucy White said...

Andrea, could not open your blog for a while… I am slow – here it is on Firefox in all its pretty colors! Love the painting…Lovely bones! Great colors and texture… Want one now… Lily.

18/2/06 6:18 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

I love the references to the 'rhythm section' of the birdy feet pattern. I never thought of that. That's why we have each other, isn't it? To point out what we don't know yet about our own work! I loved painting this series, but had to move onto something that would be more moolah-friendly. *sigh* Thabnks for the BOB congrats -- the button fir the top three doesn't say I came second, but I'm pleased as punch with that.

18/2/06 6:27 p.m.  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

lovely illo! Love the detail and pattern!!

18/2/06 10:09 p.m.  
Blogger merlinprincesse said...

Love the birdies. Song must be a sad song of things lost...

18/2/06 10:57 p.m.  
Blogger The Whippy Curly Tails said...

Funky fun birdies. Always the best colors too!

I did the picasso thing, very fun.

Lyn & The Whippy Curly Tails in the Toasty South

19/2/06 8:40 a.m.  
Blogger The Unknown said...

What a beautiful song Love.

19/2/06 4:33 p.m.  
Blogger Mick said...

First, your painting this week is marvelous and I love it. Everyone knows that the skin isn't good for you anyways...don't they? :D

Illustration Friday? Yeah, it's gotten so large that I simply can't wade in there anymore to look at the work. When it was only 100 or so illustrations it was manageble on a Saturday Morning to skip thru. With 400, 500 or 600 entries I don't have the stamina for that anymore. So now, I simply post and stumble about there infrequently. I'm sure those who've come to know me wonder why I'm not commenting much these days.

21/2/06 4:43 a.m.  
Blogger creative kismet said...

This is so amazing. I love all of the repitition of pattern, the bright and vibrant colors. It is all very breath-taking!

21/2/06 9:07 a.m.  
Blogger Twisselman said...

Really like the staccato bird feet screen. And then there are those crazy bird note dancers. And the great colors and textures in the foreground fleshless birds. Great illustration.

22/2/06 5:34 a.m.  
Blogger vfm4 said...

this thing really has (become a monster) and i hardly look at blogs, except for those i was checking anyway..

like yours! :)

and your illo is, as usual, perfect!

23/2/06 6:02 a.m.  
Blogger Jaimie said...

beautiful and inspiring work as usual. I love your fleshless birds. Your art is just so original. I absolutely love it all

23/2/06 4:19 p.m.  
Blogger MuseTigerBrooke said...

hrmm i like to chase birds... are you a song bird? do you sing? very pretty birdies <3

24/2/06 12:47 a.m.  
Blogger 日月神教-向左使 said...


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