ART PROJECT BIRD MIGRATION
The first painting in this gallery is called 40,000 Birds. In the 1990ís, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that 40,000 birds died when they flew into a Mexico City reservoir. The authorities did not know the cause but suspected pesticides. Later it was learned that the cause of death was e-coli bacteria. I began to wonder what it would be like to create 40,000 birds. I took a large 4' x 8' sheet of watercolor paper and sprayed it with several layers of red and green watercolor. It ended up with a beautiful surface that was a spotted brownish color with depth. Over the next year, I painted the birds over that surface. Inspiration for each bird came from my observation of birds and making quick ink drawings of their movement in flight. Making the painting was a meditation. It was a delight to sit for hours conjuring up birds and giving them life in the painting.

The painting was purchased by a family in Los Altos Hills. And although I was very pleased that this particular family had the painting to enjoy, I also wanted to share the theme and the images with others who told me they would like to have just a piece of the painting. So I embarked on another painting of 40,000 birds only this time I cut the birds out of the whole painting and sold them either one by one or in blocks of 9 or more. The proceeds were to benefit a wetlands preservation project. My talented friend, Kim Anderson, created a website to attract people to purchase art. About 500 birds were sold but the project was not completed. I could not find an environmental group who would partner with us in the project. The small paintings on this site are some of the individual birds from the second painting.

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40,000 Birds
40,000 BIRDS
watercolor
4' x 6'
40,000 Birds Detail
40,000 BIRDS
DETAIL
40,000 Birds KZ
40,000 BIRDS
KZ
White Bird
WHITE BIRD
Small Birds
SMALL BIRDS
Single White Bird 1
SINGLE WHITE BIRD 1
Single White Bird 2
SINGLE WHITE BIRD 2
680 Birds
680 BIRDS
watercolor

4" x 8"