Our younger daughter graduated from college this last weekend and then packed up and moved to the Big Apple to seek fame and fortune in the TV biz. Both of my birds have flown the nest, so I only have the feathered variety to chat with around here now. And, trust me, those conversations are a bit circular and very repetitive. Here is a link to the new grad's senior project: http://www.watchthecandyman.com/ A warning: her show has bad words and too much smoking! (Oh, Mom...)
Here is the second in my series of uncommon birds: The Early Morning Grouch Field Identification: Generally bright orange plumage shows greater color and even iridescence in evening hours. The Early Morning Grouch has elaborate tail feathers that are often shaken. Habitat and Distribution: Mostly easily spotted midday in urban settings, they put much effort into avoiding bright sunlight. Field Notes: The Early Morning Grouch exhibits great
disdain for the worm diet favored by members of closely related early
birds. This bird is known for two distinct calls. At dusk, it makes a "whoot
whoot" call with much foot stamping. During morning hours the call
changes to "watt gud gosh watt" accompanied with the occasional
Later this month, the Surface Design Association will hold its "Off the Grid" conference in Kansas City. They always offer a great set of workshops along with the conference itself...and I think there is still time to sign up to attend any or all of the events. Click here for more information. One of the exhibitions that will be part of this conference is a member show that runs from May 29 until September 4, 2009, at the Belger, 2100 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO. Any member who sent in a piece (that was the right size) will be part of this show, there was no jurying. My kind of show! Hours at the Belger are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10-4, Saturday 12-4, and First Fridays of the month 10am to 9pm. Below is the piece that I entered in the show...around the edges of it you may be able to see some cool black flower shaped sequins that I got from Cartwright's. Don't click that link if you are attracted to shiny things like I am...you will be doomed to placing an order!
As promised, here is a closer look at one of the birds I have in my current exhibition: The Emerald Ego Snipe Field Identification: While comfortable in large flocks, the Ego Snipe tends to be found in small groups of two or three. Often seen shaking its head from side to side. Song is a simple repeated hiss of "aass iff". Habitat and Distribution: Found in all types of environments, especially urban areas. Field Notes: Characteristic chest puffing seems to render these birds unable to see where they are walking at times, causing humorous falls. Females tend to be most aggressive.
Our local art guild is in charge of keeping exhibits of art on display at the public library. This month Nan Renbarger and I are showing our work in the gallery (small meeting room) near the entrance of the library. If you are in the Lawrence, KS area stop by and check it out! Nan's work is always inspiring to me. Her work is intense and complex and very textural. Even if I had her artistic vision, my lazy self would probably never get around to creating anything remotely like hers. (And don't think I haven't tried, because I have.) The work in these photos that makes you want to step up closer is Nan's. The work that says stay where you are, thats good enough... is mine. I'll be talking more about these six birds I did in the near future. And you can (just barely) see here that I have done one more pepper in green from Ruth McDowell's book Pieced Vegetables. Hopefully, the library staff have taken mercy on this set of peppers and rearranged the lighting!