The fleeting beauty of personal experience

Jackson Square Pigeons

Every so often I begin a new painting not knowing or caring about what is driving me toward a particular subject matter or artistic expression. I just get to work and let it happen.

As I was stretching a new linen canvas, I got the urge to paint a composition with a few pigeons, so I started the piece, first drawing one pigeon at a time with a graphite stick, then painting a little and adding more pigeons where I saw fit. I let it develop organically, never really intending to include more than five birds or so. 

As the artwork was developing, there at my easel I began to feel a child-like joy. I took a step back and wondered what It was I was experiencing, then memories of the days spent feeding pigeons in Jackson Square were flooding my brain. 


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It was the whole adventure that was exciting really. Making my way to the French Quarter from our home in Metairie, buying a bag of cracked corn from Central Grocery on Decatur Street, and then feeding the pigeons until the bag was empty which was always too soon. I spent a lot of time outdoors as a child and this was the only situation where birds came to me instead of keeping a safe distance. I remember being just enthralled, and thats how I felt staring at my new painting in progress.

I list the "fleeting beauty of personal experience" as one of my biggest influences, and I'm still learning what my own words mean. 


"Jackson Square Pigeons"  |  Oil on Linen   |   24 X 36 Inches