Parrot Families of Saint Paul

I had painted a few parrots in 2012, but it wasn’t until the Very Grim January of 2013 that parrots began to metaphorically take over my studio. I painted 43 8×8″ square Wild Parrots of Saint Paul to brighten up the landscape.

Since then, I have painted large and small parrots, and excavated many that are part of The Lost Cave Paintings of Saint Paul. When I first learned about acrylic mediums, including the amazing and wonderful Golden Brand Glass Bead Gel, parrots launched my explorations of new tools and techniques.

Leading the Parrot Pack (they believe) are the Paper Mosaic Parrots. Fighting for the lead are some of the Cave Parrots from The Lost Cave Paintings of Saint Paul.

Where to find them?

Find these and other creatures at my ETSY shop, at zazzle, at the Art Shoppe at Midtown Global Market, and directly from me at art fairs.

Paper Mosaic Parrots

Making Paper Mosaic Parrots is an act of environmental activism. Really? Who am I kidding? Paper Mosaics are what watercolor artists do with leftover or rejected watercolors. I love making these images because I love tiny shapes, tiny spaces, sharp instruments to pick up the tiny shapes, and the glue and brayer that keeps everything in place.

Multi-Color Paper Mosaic Parrot
Multi-Color Paper Mosaic Parrot Print at ETSY
Green Paper Mosaic Parrot
Green Paper Mosaic Parrot print at ETSY

 

Purple Paper Mosaic Parrot
Purple Paper Mosaic Parrot Print at ETSY

Some Parrots from the Lost Cave Paintings of Saint Paul

The Gray Cave Parrot is on a print ($60) and in a 4-pack of postcards ($3.85) with the Cave Toucan, the Cave Horse, and the Cave Rhinos. The Two Blue Cave Parrots are not for sale. The Red Parrot is beautifully framed, and the original is available at ETSY ($200). The Grand Cave Parrot & Hummingbird makes me smile. Their print is available at ETSY. ($60) Inquire about originals.

Five Cave Parrots
Five Cave Parrots Original and prints at ETSY.

Wild Parrots of The Grim Winter of 2013

It was very grim during that winter: not a huge amount of snow, but a lot of gray grimness. Most people’s memories of that winter were wiped out by the Wintry Winter of 2014: lots of cold; lots of snow. These parrots were delighted to cheer up Minnesotans, and they will happily cheer you, too. Contact me directly for any of these parrots and for a flock price for three or more. Their prints (archival ink, paper and mats) are available for $30 each. A Flock Price for three or more is available.

blue boxes foliotwist
Blue Blocks Parrot. Original Double Matted and Framed. $60 plus shipping.
Ribbon Parrot Two 100
Big Ribbon Parrot. Original Double Matted and Framed. 8×8. $65 plus shipping.
Blue Block Parrot 100
Blue Blocks Parrot. Original framed double matted. 8×8. $65 plus shipping.
rollling d 100
Rolling Diamonds Parrot. Original, framed, double mat. $65 plus shipping.
red star 100
Red Star Parrot. Original framed, double mat. $65 plus shipping
mosaic one 100
Mosaic Parrot #1. Original framed double mat $65 plus shipping.
shiny pink 100
Shiny Pink Parrot. Original framed double mat. $65 plus shipping.
orange parrot 100
Orange Silk Parrot. Original framed double mat. $65 plus shipping.
red bead 100
Red Bead Parrot. Original, framed, double mat. $65 plus shipping.
February Stained Glass Parrot 100
Stained Glass Parrot #1. Original 8×8. Double mat. Framed. $65 plus shipping.
bright shell two 100
Bright Shell Parrot #1. Original 8×8. Framed. Double mat. $65 plus shipping.
tiny random thumbnail 300
Green Puzzle Pieces Parrot. Original. 8×8. Double Mat. Framed $65 plus shipping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some Acrylic Lab Parrots

My parrot pals present a blank canvas that I use to experiment with colors, textures, and techniques. The Orange & Green Parrots are painted on a tree-free paper called TerraSkin. Paint puddles and dries instead of being absorbed as it would on regular paper.

Orange and Green Parrots Painted on Terraskin
Orange & Green Parrots Painted on Terraskin (Original 6×9″)
Single Parrot: watercolor on Fiber Paste re-imagined in Photoshop
Single Parrot: watercolor on Fiber Paste re-imagined in Photoshop
Long Green Textured Parrot
Long Green Textured Parrot (Original 14×3″)