The Audubon Society of Portland's Wild Arts Festival is one of many things I look forward to in the fall.
I love contributing to the festival each year by completing a small painting for their 6 x 6 fundraiser.
This year I decided to create a Red-throated Loon, one of my favorite birds to watch in foggy coastal waters.
In winter plumage, the Red-throated Loon is a study in minimalism with its mostly white head sparingly patterned with black streaks.
In constructing my piece, I decided to run with the minimalism thing.
I took inspiration from a story I heard on NPR that described huge concrete sculptures created by Donald Judd in Marfa, Texas. I removed the cloth from the donated canvas and painted the wood frame gray.
I used my scroll saw to cut a Red-throated's silhouette out of a cedar shingle and I painted it white.
I inserted my loon in the frame so it could be visible from both sides. I left some space in the middle so outside items can become part of the piece.
I can't wait to see how it looks on display at the Arts Festival in November!