Birds, Glass, Life

I've been busy.  Really busy.  In the past few months, I have taken a lifelong interest of mine (birds!) to the next level and officially started birding.  If you've met me before, you know about the excitement I have for birds...  And if you browse my website or follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I often use birds as subjects for my work...  It's a bit of a beautiful obsession. 

Me, in my early years of bird love.

Me, in my early years of bird love.

A few weeks ago on a bird walk, a friend and I flushed out a Green Heron, who flew up to and politely posed for us on a branch.  Taking a photo from that encounter, I designed and made the most intricate stained glass panel in my portfolio (to date)...  Huron the Green Heron, Lord of the Lake!

Huron

Huron

Huron has opened up some new opportunities for me - he's going to be shown in a gallery along with other bird and bird conservation related artwork!

Ever since I started birding, I have been increasingly interested in migrations and conservation.  I watched The Messenger on Netflix (a great documentary about what migratory birds face on their twice-a-year journeys - it highlighted some of the perils which I already knew about, as well as many other factors of human influence which I hadn't heard of before).  The film educated, inspired and saddened me.

I also read a book called, Birds Art Life, A Year of Observation, by Kyo Maclear.  A book about an artist who finds solace, wisdom and inspiration in watching the tiny lives of birds, Kyo's insights and observations resonated with me on so many levels.  I've read through it twice now. 

As my ebird observed species list grows, I've been making more and more glass birds.  I've also met some amazing people who have inspired me to join the support for bird conservation - I'll be donating a percentage of each sale of one of my new Mod bird suncatchers (my own twist on the artistic style of Charley Harper)  to the American Bird Conservancy!  I'm putting together an information sheet to go with each piece, and I hope that these birds help excite others the way they're exciting me!!

New species are being added each day, and I'm working on some rather detailed warbler pieces.  Here are my first round of feathered friends; today I am working on: Indigo Bunting, Scarlet Tanager, Baltimore Oriole, Chickadee, Blue Jay and Towhee.

What species would you like to see???