As birders, we all have memorable events that have happened on the birding trail. Maybe it was a raptor capturing prey, or returning it to a hungry nest. Maybe some bird's spectacular courtship display. Maybe a day when the weather cooperated to bring in more birds than you could have imagined.
To save these memories we all take photos. Photos are great, but they can't, by themselves, show you everything that goes on in an event. Either you go telephoto and get the detail you want on one bird, or go wide, and the birds are little more than dots. Paintings suffer no such limitations.
Award-winning videographer, Steve Siegel, has crossed the line from recording video to applying that video to create paintings of scenes from the lives of birds. We are offering his works as giclée and acrylic on canvas. Each painting is composed from video footage. Images are combined and refined as they are painted digitally by the artist, then applied to canvas via the giclée method, using state of the art, museum quality inks. Steve then finishes detail and shading by hand in acrylic to create the finished painting.
Only 20 of each of these paintings will be made, each one individually unique, painted, stretched, signed and numbered by the artist.
MILES TO GO BEFORE THEY SLEEP 20 x 30 inches. Giclée and acrylic on canvas. Wood frame with gallery wrap. Suitable to hang with or without additional framing. $250.00 plus shipping and handling.
It's winter in the Carolina tidewater, and Tundra Swans have arrived after an arduous flight from the Arctic. There at the Pocosin National Wildlife Refuge they will find corn and winter forage. Several lakes offer safe places for the night. But they still have a way to go, and the effort is beginning to show, especially on the younger birds. A mated pair has been through this many times, and he steals a glance to make sure she is OK. This sign of affection really happened and was captured on video. You can see it at https://vimeo.com/280841219
WATCH OUT FOR THE POISON IVY 20 x 35 inches. Giclée and acrylic on canvas. Wood frame with gallery wrap. Suitable to hang with or without additional framing. $250 plus shipping and handling.
Red-headed Woodpeckers were once common on farms and in small towns all over the eastern United States. Today they seek out more secluded areas. This pair is depicted in the Carolina Piedmont, with the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains behind them. The male has bashed a damselfly to pieces, and the female has a wood borer to feed the kids. Like most colorful birds, the adults coordinate their arrival at the nest, feed the babies and leave quickly. This reduces the length of time predators can see them there and realize what is in that hole. By choosing a tree with a poison ivy vine twining around it, the birds discourage mammals from climbing.
ORIGINAL BIRD ART
Purchasers of art always have questions. Therefore the artist prefers that you order yours by e-mail, instead of the usual pointing and clicking. Please e-mail Steve Siegel at RM4BIRDS@YAHOO.COM. Your painting will take about 3 weeks to make. No payment will be due until it is ready to ship.
AMONG THE ARCHES 20 x 36 inches. Giclée and acrylic on canvas. Wood frame with gallery wrap. Suitable to hang with or without additional framing. $250 plus shipping and handling.
Western canyonlands, glowing in the morning sun, are the home of Prairie Falcons. If there is water at the bottom of the canyon, there will be abundant flying insects, and these attract swallows, including the agile Barn Swallow. That is what has happened here, as a small group of Barn Swallows pass through on migration. Who has the advantage? The falcon, who can dive at well over 100 mph? The swallows, who can turn on a dime? Perhaps the outline of the crow, a bird associated with death in many cultures offers a clue. Can you find the crow?
TUNDRA SWANS IN MONOCHROME 20 x 20 inches. Giclée on canvas. Wood frame with gallery wrap. Suitable to hang with or without additional framing.
These swans are done in a warm, almost sepia, monochrome. They can be obtained individually, or as a
four-item "quadriptych" that will take up almost a 4' x 4' wall space. They can also be obtained in a more traditional "black and white" format at no extra charge.
Tundra Swan. Morning Light. 20 x 20 inches. $175.00 plus shipping and handling.
Tundra Swan. Landing Reeds. 20 x 20 inches. $175.00 plus shipping and handling.
Swan Party. 20 x 20 inches. $175.00 plus shipping and handling.
Late Arrivals. 20 x 20 inches. $175.00 plus shipping and handling.
(Wonder why the birds all seem to have their wings in the same position? So do I. It's what the camera captured.)
ON TO THE SEA. BARROW'S GOLDENEYE. 20 X 30 inches. Giclée on canvas. Wood frame with gallery wrap.
Suitable to hang with or without additional framing. $250.00 plus shipping and handling.
Barrow's Goldeneye is a duck of the Pacific Northwest. Believe it or not, these ducks nest in holes in old growth trees. When they are ready, the babies jump out of the hole, bounce in the dead pine needles on the ground and walk to the nearest water. They stay there until fully grown, then fly out of the forest to the sea where they spend the next months not far from shore. This scene shows a group as they are just reaching a quiet, fog shrouded bay.