Sunday, March 6, 2011

Natural History


This is my entry for the Take a Word challenge this week where the theme is "Bird Life". I love pouring through vintage botanical and bird illustrations and decided to create my own collaged "color plate" to represent bird life and habit . Most bird books now are beautifully photographed but I really enjoy vintage Audubon and in this case M. Catesby (1679-1749) paintings with their beautiful stylized detail and color. Other imagery credits for this piece go to , scrapbookgraphics, artist papers from K & Company, vintage stamps and zoological text.

37 comments:

  1. Beautiful,Lori. I love the old books too. I bought an old Audubon book recently but can't bring myself to cut it up, just scanning pages instead!

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  2. What a beautiful piece you've created! Love the deep, rich colors. :)

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  3. Sooo beautiful! I love also the rabbit with clocks - in fact I love all your collages. Your colours are amazing!
    And thanks for your comment - you made it at the same time I was here watching your works :)

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  4. Gorgeous! I love this beautiful bird and love the whole vintage realm ..it is pretty fabulous isn't it! The backdrop colors are so peaceful and yet energizing to me..i love the whole scene and color palette and everything in this piece Lori..this bird is just awesome too!
    Wonderful as always!

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  5. Woooooooooooooooooow I love it. This is outstanding. Unbelievable work as always. I love it.

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  6. Fabulous piece, love love the branches, wonderful colours and great use of images. Tracy Evans x

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  7. I am in AWE of this beauty, Lori....

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  8. The intricacies of your works continue to fill me with inspiration ...the textures and layers are so wonderful. Thank you for sharing your process with me. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

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  9. Lori-this is beautiful-what kind of a bird is this?

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  10. What an amazing composition you have done for this art work, Lori. The images are truly fabulous and the colours magnificent.
    You have hit the spot once again, my friend.
    Fabulous!

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  11. Oh this is absolutely stunning! The colors are perfect.

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  12. Your piece is perfect. The way you blend so many layers and images compounding a unique image. Bravo!

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  13. Love the colors,the rich red and of course the bird theme. I always love K&Co. their papers are always so nice.

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  14. Lori, you've created a vintage masterpiece with your mouse! Stunning work! Hugs, Terri xoxo

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  15. OUTSTANDING! You have such a magical touch, Lori!

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  16. gorgeous! love those colors!

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  17. Hi Lori - Every time I see your newest artpiece, I think to myself "this is the best Lori has ever done" - and then the next week arrives with a new batch of art and I am gobsmacked anew! (Gobsmacked is an Australian word for stunned or surprised). Your birdlife piece is sensational. There is so much to see when exploring further than the first impression. Superb in every way.
    Apologies for being missing in action over the past couple of weeks. I am way behind with my comments. A family crisis, now over, necessitating good old Grandma taking over the reins for a while.

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  18. Exquisite piece, Lori, amazing how shades of red really bring a piece to life - perfection!

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  19. I think Marie has sumed it up perfectly, Lori! Totally stunning!

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  20. This is fantastic, Lori. Always so beautiful in your artwork. Love it.

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  21. i totally share your passion for these old books and this is one of my absolute favorite collages you created!

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  22. Magical! That bird just glows! Your work is always so fantastic and special. Gorgeous Lori.xx

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  23. I can see why you love those paintings, Lori, and you have created such a fabulous piece with it. I love those rich colours. It's wonderful!

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  24. wOW, STUNNING! lOVE THOSE COLOURS ON THE BIRD. bEAUTIFUL WORK!

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  25. Stunning art, Lori. Stunning colours too, the orange and the gree make this a really lively and joyful piece. Gorgeous as always.

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  26. Vary beautiful creation. Colors are so brillant and lively.
    Bravo bravo
    Pat

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  27. Lori, this is just perfection! You have captured the vintage botanical and made it even more beautiful - cheers!

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  28. How wonderful, love the colours and all the layers.

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  29. oi Lori!
    grata pelo recadinho na minha postagem!

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  30. This is outstanding Lori!! What a wonderful collage, so beautifully put together!! Love every detail about this, so here are some standing ovations for you my friend!!
    hugs and applause,
    Linda

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  31. Wow! Stunning collage Lori and just love how colourful it is.
    Thanks for your kind comment too.
    Fliss x

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  32. Me encanto com tudo o que estou vendo.

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