Is it just me or are birds everywhere?
Not real birds, although it’s true that our winged friends live in nearly every corner of the globe. I mean the small, cute birds that have become practically universal in the modern craft scene.

While I’m not one to jump on any bandwagon, I find that I have fallen prey to the bird trend. When I flip through magazines and then review what pages I’ve dog eared, it’s the pages with birds on the stationary, birds on the vases, bird figurines on tables… They just seem to fit. Not as sickly sweet cute as teddy bears (ugh) or as seasonal as rabbits… simple in shape, graceful… who wouldn’t want a simple bird silhouette to decorate their walls, their plates…

Their canvases…

There are artists whose entire lines revolve around painting birds. Birds on power lines, birds on branches, birds by themselves or in flocks. Birds standing, birds flying. And not just any birds either. No cardinals or ducks here, just simple non descript black or brown birds. Finches or crows. Every day birds. Common birds. Nothing exotic.

So I though I’d give it a try. I’ve done birds in collage , and birds in paper mache already, why not give bird painting a whirl. And you know what? I kind of love it. Despite its trendiness (oh how I despise trendiness) I find there is nothing so appealing as a bird. Why? Why not a mouse? Or a chipmunk? Or any number of common simple creatures? Well… maybe they’re next.