Wednesday, July 4, 2012


This spring and start of summer has been a most enlightening one for me while observing various bird cams on-line, watching as they nest, lay eggs, feed hatchlings, and anticipating the moments the youngsters fledge. The learning experience has been expansive as my visual and audial awareness has been heightened. While on walks I hear and see so much more now and look to see who is making a particular sound. This led me to reflect on my observations of how some birds find benefit in situations where they are most likely not welcomed, like for instance, at a picnic.

When I think of picnics I envision of a peaceful or playful time sharing a meal outdoors from a basket packed with scrumptious food or a boxed lunch eaten perhaps on a blanket in a meadow, in a park or on a sandy beach, or that cookout barbecue with family and friends. But what about those uninvited guests who take advantage of a stealing moment by way of an enticing spread of food? This notion presented all sorts of visions of picnics, picnickers and the unasked which, of course, lead me to imagine the scenario for this piece, Pick Nick. I have heard a picture can convey a thousand words.

(For those of you who might not be familiar with this use of the word Nick in this setting... Nick = nick someone - to cheat or steal from someone). Alas, Raven made off with someone's delectable dessert efforts.

Pick Nick was painted on a heavy, acid-free vellum with acrylic paint and colored pencil and was created for a group show, PICNIC, that opens Friday, July 6th, 2012 at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Gallery in Winslow, Bainbridge Island, WA. Visit their web-site to learn more about the gallery, this show, who is participating and how to get there. Thanks for your continued support. I hope to see you there.

Approx. size of Pick Nick is 21" X 21" framed. Remember to click on the image to enlarge.