A while back I came across a postcard of a stunning Osprey, fish in mouth and mid flight. I bought the postcard and decided to use it as inspiration for a painting, which I've aptly named 'Fertility of the Osprey', hence the egg which is falling into a heavily textured nest. The bird and the background have been painted with Gouache, pencil & pastel, whilst the nest is made out of fabrics and each twig is hand~stitched ~ please see the close up images, you will be able to see the tiny stitches! There are hand~stitched twigs around the edges of the work too, as if they are falling from the sky, just like the egg. Thankfully the egg will land safely in the nest, and be looked after by the Osprey till it's ready to hatch. It's an unusual and imaginative artwork, in terms of the materials used, and the unlikely event of an egg falling from the sky. I love making these strange artworks!
The bird and the background have been varnished with a museum quality satin varnish to protect the colours from fading. The egg is a cut out from a 1970's encyclopaedia; I bought a page which features lots of different birds eggs and so I will be making a collection of artworks called 'The Encyclopaedia of Bird Fertility', using each of the eggs. This should keep me busy for the rest of the year!
Ampersand panels are eco friendly. The work can be hung by simply popping a nail into the wall, and placing the Ampersand panel onto the nail ~ the work will then sit flush against the wall.
The sides of the panel have been painted dark blue ~ please see the images.
This artwork is available exclusively through Artfinder.
Gouache, ink, coloured pencil & pastel, fabric & stitch, vintage photograph of an Osprey's egg, all on Ampersand Panel