When I received the email that my painting the “The Birders” was accepted to join Birds in Art 2017 exhibition at Woodson Art Museum it was pure excitement for reaching such a milestone. A big happy dance and lasting grin followed for the week. The event was over the top and all the artists were treated like rockstars.
More than 100 worldwide artists comprise the 42nd annual, internationally renowned 2017 Birds in Art exhibition, on view September 9 through November 26 at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
Still can’t believe my painting hangs on the same walls as Robert Bateman and Carl Brenders, too name a few legends in the show. After the Woodson Exhibit, 60 paintings are chosen to go on a Birds in Art tour from New York to New Mexico, and as luck would have it my painting will go on tour.
Celebrating 10 years of Piping Plovers at Wasaga Beach Provincial Park
The Piping Plover, a small shorebird, is listed as an endangered species in Canada and is regulated under Ontario's Endangered Species Act. Wasaga Beach Provincial Park was a historic site for nesting Piping Plovers before they became endangered so it is only natural that they have returned to this area thanks to recovery efforts in Michigan.
Prior to nesting at Sauble Beach in 2007, this species had been wiped out (i.e., extirpated) from Ontario for over 70 years. As such, the presence of Piping Plovers at Wasaga Beach Provincial Park is a fantastic success story about an endangered species that may be on its way to recovery with the assistance of humans. After ten years, over 52 chicks have fledged from Wasaga Beach.
I was honoured to be a part of the celebration both in teaching and in speaking during the festivities.
Below a quick demo of a Piping Plover. Sadly they would not stay still at the beach so I had to bring one into the studio.
Piping Plovers hatching during the event! This is what we look like during the exciting event of a hatching. We wait, watch and record the movements as the chicks peck and make their way out of the shell.
Congratulations to all the Guardians and Management who contribute to bringing an endangered species back to life.
The Australian Yellow Robin
This commission is a combination of two paintings the bird from one painting and the foliage from another. It was a fun challenge and the customers were a delight to work with.
I was a part of the organizing committee for the Ploverplooza Festival which celebrates the Piping Plover and 10 years of success in the guardianship and conservation for of these amazing shorebirds. I was also invited to be a speaker and teach the workshops.
"The Birders" 11 x14 Oil on Linen
I like painting people, its a nice change from birds. But I still had to put a bird in it. This group had been looking for the very rare Albert's lyrebird for two days up at O'Reilly's Rainforest Resort, Australia. I went with one of the guides to help locate the elusive bird and this was the moment the group saw the bird for the first time, it was fairly intense.
I had fun painting this Crimson Rosella Parrot, I love it when I can use bright colours straight out of the tube. These birds of Australia have quite the personalities, I watched this parrot devour fresh buds off the tree.
This is called "Lunch" 12 x 24 Oil on Linen
"The Roadrunner"©Rose Tanner Oil on Linen 11 x 14
Roadrunners are an interesting bird and can run up to 20 mph. They pair for life and defend a large territory together. The male will offer dead lizards and such as gifts to the females during courtship.
We spend time in the Coachella Valley, a vast desert where Roadrunners can be seen frequently. I used to go to an Italian Restaurant in Palm Desert that had a Roadrunner knock on the class door everyday hoping for a bite of chicken. The Gallery where you can purchase this painting also has a resident lizard that comes for food offerings.
I enjoyed painting this and decided to include a Western Fence Lizard also common to this desert. You can purchase The Roadrunner at The La Quinta Fine Art Gallery in old town La Quinta. Phone: (818)219-6066
New Holiday Traditions
It's never to late to start a new tradition especially with your family. Traditions make you feel a part of something special, they create memories and make a connection to the past.
Our family started a new tradition three years ago and now we look forward to it every year. We create a decoration each Christmas. The fun part is deciding what to make and then spending the time together creating it. Its always those handmade decorations you save forever or at least until they fall apart.
Make your new holiday tradition something meaningful to you and your familyHere is a website with suggestions for 50 Magical Christmas Traditions. http://theimaginationtree.com/2013/12/50-family-christmas-traditions-magical-ideas.html
Wishing you all the joy, laughter and wonder the season can bring.
One of the prize possesions of the Satin Bowerbird is a blue parrot feather. All three Satin Bowerbird bowers I visited was decorated with a Crimson Rosella parrot feather.
Did you know the Archibold's Bowerbird from New Quinea will decorate his bower with the ornamental head plumes (feathers) of the King of Saxony bird of paradice to impress the females. The idea of a bird collecting such a rare feather for impressing females is one of the reasons bowerbirds facinate me. Humans like to collect rare things to display as well. In fact some humans will go to great lengths to collect and display rare things just like the Archibold's Bowerbird. Have a look at Cornell's video of the King of Saxony bird and his elaborate head plumes here, just bizzare and out of this world.
I was fortunate enough to witness a courtship display of the Satin Bowerbird. He danced using the light to show his indigo blue feather sheen, he showed his possesions by carefully picking them up and re-arranging and finally he picked up a bottle cap ring with a fresh green leaf and gave quite the perfomance displaying the ring and leaf as if to seal the deal.
Here is a study of the courship display. This is called "Courtship of the Satin Bowerbird" 9 x 12. I'm painting smaller studies first before I do a large Satin Bowerbird painting.
Known as the playboy of the rainforest, bowerbirds build complex structures called bowers for the sole purpose of wooing a female. Besides their intelligence and human like behaviour, its how they decorate their bowers that intrigue me the most.
You can only find Bowerbirds in Australia and New Guiana so I had to travel over 12,000 km for my field study of six of the twenty different bowerbird species. I visited seventeen bowers and did studies on the Toothbill, Golden, Green Cat, Great, Regent and Satin Bowerbirds. You will be learning a lot about the amazing Bowerbird over the next months as I do my best to interpert and paint these birds.
This is my first study of a Bowerbird. I'm learning how to make the bowers (stick structure) and blend the materials they collect into the scene without making it to busy.
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Photo Rose Tanner ©2016
When geese fly together they fly 70% farther with the same amount of energy as flying alone.
Endangered means to be threatened with extinction, a coming to an end or dying out. I wanted to create a painting to symbolize this word. This painting is called "On the Cusp" because the Piping Plover is still Endangered but making a comeback. I faded him into the sand to symbolize a fading away but there are some very sharp edges which hold promise to his comeback. A little different for my style but I wanted to make the statement.
"On the Cusp" ©2016 Rose Tanner oil on linen 16 x 20.
Did you know Piping Plovers are precocial which means the young are relatively mature and mobile from the moment of hatching. This painting is called "First Day" because it was the first day of life and as you can see these chicks are still quite vulnerable.
First Day © 2016 Rose Tanner 16 x 20 Oil on Linen.
"Morning Hatch" made it into the Annual International Representational Show AIRS October 4th to 23rd 2016
I'm honoured to have this painting "Morning Hatch" Oil on Linen 16 x 20 accepted into AIRS juried show were artist compete worldwide in representational excellence.
Rose Tanner Piping Plover hatching oil painting
When you decide to give of yourself for a cause things begin lining up one after the other. Its as if a path gets cleared and the flow is like a river downstream, all you have to do is get on board. The gifts you receive from giving are tenfold. I love that about the nature of things.
When I decided to do a Series of Paintings on an endangered species my intention was to help in some way. I quickly fell in love with the Piping Plover and began conversations with organizations that had Stewardship Programs in Canada. To my delight I found myself in Wasaga Beach near Toronto volunteering as a Plover Guardian and recording the hatchings of two nests.
I wanted to share with you, behind the scene in my studio, work in progress for the Piping Plover Exhibition.
©July 2016 Rose Tanner, “The Chicks are Hatching” Oil on linen 11 x 14
Whenever I see a bird in the wild do something deliberate, like protect their young, I’m in awe. To me the act is proof of a kind of intelligence. It makes me curious and inspires me. Once a chick hatches the Piping Plover will quickly carry the egg shells away from the nest, don't want to draw attention, especially from the gulls and crows. This painting is a study to get ready for a series of paintings featuring the Wasaga Beach Piping Plovers.
©March 2016 Rose Tanner, “Unlikely Friendship” Oil on linen 12 x 14
Yippee! I received a First Place Award for the juried, Federation of Canadian Artists 75th Anniversary Show at Cedar Hill Gallery in Victoria. I'm thrilled and so honoured to be a part of this wonderful organization. Almost every day I see deer around our yard and wanted to try my hand at painting one. In the end I decided to put a bird in the painting. When researching a bird to put on this deer's back, I was pleasantly surprised to find this combination in nature.
Art Vancouver is a fantastic venue to show your art. The show is well run and attended. This was my second year, I will be back next year.
A sonogram is a kind of visual representation of a sound. A graph showing the distribution of energy at different frequencies. Bird calls have many different patterns, this painting is loosely based on a Redwing Blackbird and his song.
I have always loved art and drawing. I studied at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and then began working for a publishing house as a typesetter and layout artist