Thursday, April 8, 2010

"Trespasser in the Dominion of the Tyrant King"

It's been a long haul but I signed this drawing today. The title is unusually long since I normally use only one word to name most pieces. All the work on the bison only to prepare for the addition of the main subjects, being two Eastern Kingbirds. When I was in Yellowstone National Park excitedly photographing these fantastic animals I was only peripherally aware of these highly agitated birds flying about.
As I later realized, one bird was hitchhiking through an others territory on the back of one of these lumbering beasts. The territory holder was repeatedly swooping and calling at the other. Of course the bison were totally unaware of this drama unfolding around them.

As for the title... I reference the scientific name of this fascinating bird. I love the fact that it's thought that birds are descendants of dinosaurs and that this bird in particular is named Tyrannous tyrannous. The 'lizard king' as it's referred to seemed an appropriate choice to name this aggressive and territorial little flycatcher. I simply could not resist the grand title to honor this wonderful bird. The bison are just there as supporting actors.


Peter Brown said...

A long haul indeed Dean, but worth the effort - great work!

Dean Richards said...

Hello there old friend! Great to hear from you and thank you for the compliment.

Sally McLean said...

Beautiful tones and texture Dean! I Love it!

Angie said...

I just found your blog - I'm following here and on twitter. You create beautiful works! The title being all about that one bird admist all those beasts - love it!

Dean Richards said...

Hello Angie, Welcome.
When I saw the bison I was enraptured by the scene and the way it moved me. Only later did it sink in that there was a much more dramatic event taking place aside from majesty of the animals. The birds were the whole inspiration behind the work.