Saturday, October 13, 2012

Butcherbirds have flown....

Butcherbirds - watercolour

This watercolour was painted for Poppy who has been hand-feeding Butcherbirds and Kookaburras at his home in Queensland for years.  Now for some reason his Butcherbirds have flown and he misses them greatly.

When I was a child the Butcherbirds had a reputation from mesmerizing small cage birds then plucking them out through the bars.  Anyone with a canary or a budgie hated them.  That was long before I saw them sitting politely and patiently on Poppy's knee.

The Texas A&M students at the studio here in Castiglion Fiorentino have been making stencils.  Inspired by their efforts I had to have a go.

Now I'm fighting the urge to don a hoodie and spray a few Butcherbirds around Tuscany.

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