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.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Art of the Animal Kingdom XV

As I put the final touches on the bison drawing I've received word that "Sovereignty" has been accepted into one of the country's most prestigious animal art exhibits in beautiful Bennington, Vermont. Dates are June 12th through August 8th. Shay and I always enjoy a spring visit to Bennington.