At the age of 50, I semi-retired from traditional employment and transitioned to being a full-time artist. I have the pleasure of spending every day in Birdsong Studio doing what I love. This blog was started almost a decade ago as a public accountability mechanism for a weight loss intention. It has grown into a number of different directions over the years. I hope you enjoy it.
I have done collaborative paintings several times in the past. Going way back to 2015, I helped Taylor finish a couple of projects, including a portrait of Johnny Depp as Edward Scissorhands.
I stepped in to help a workshop participant from Israel find her groove with a portrait of Gandhi back in 2016.
More recently, we have played with collaborative abstract painting.
Earlier this month, I spent several days painting a portrait of Michael Jordan with Michael and Clayton, 12 year old twins who were our first new friends in Okotoks when we moved here one year ago.
They helped with both the drawing and lots of the under painting. They also tried their hand at some of the brush work in the face and arms. At the very end, they applied many of the splatters that give the piece its energy.
Limited Edition gallery canvas prints are available for $200 each with a piece of the profits going to the twins. Only 23 of these will ever be available.
This week, I had the honour of doing a collaborative painting with 9 year old Ellinor. Our subject was her dog Hero.
Ellinor picked up tricks and techniques almost immediately, and enthusiastically participated in the entire painting process. It was her grandmother Donna who coordinated the experience and helped with the successful unveiling back at home. Her parents were thrilled with the results.
So, this is something that I would be open to continue doing in the future. If you have a commission idea and would like to participate in the creation process, that is what Birdsong Studio is all about. Not only do you get a great painting, you will be able to know that you were an integral part of it.