Bird by bird - My first public art installation

I am very honored to be one of 22 artists who decorated trees with amazing art at Midtown Crossing at Turner Park.  This is my first public art installation, and I really enjoyed how the project not only pushed me creatively, but pushed me to use a jigsaw without cutting off a finger.  

This painting that I did last summer inspired my piece.  The quote is by my grandmother, which makes the project even more special because my grandmother was a big supporter of my art.

Initially I was afraid my idea was too literal.  You know, birds and trees isn't exactly original.  But I am happy with how it turned out and think it was a great process for me to take a watercolor painting and turn it into something 3D.

This was the initial sketch for the project.  My idea was to paint large abstract paintings, in my expressionist style, on plywood and then cut out the bird shapes creating literal birds with abstract colors.  I was going to wrap the quote around the trunk, but ended up making a banner and hanging it from a branch.  

In the end, I'm very happy with the project.  Painting on plywood definitely got my juices flowing and was something I've wanted to try for awhile.  I have one piece that I didn't use.  I think I might break it out today and see what happens. 


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