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?
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.
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.
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.
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.