September 28, 2016

Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow bird
"Barn Swallow", acrylic paint and collage on recycled paper, 6" x 6".

Being a ceramic artist and teacher makes me doubly interested in animals who also use mud to build structures. Barn Swallows make hundreds of trips to collect mud in order to build their nests. Their nests are cup-shaped, built out of mud pellets, and lined with soft grasses.We assume nowadays that these birds originally nested on cliff faces or inside caves, but they have since abandoned most of those sites in favor of man made buildings (hence their name).
Like a couple of dedicated artists, the mating pair will not abandon their work and instead return season after season to the same site to raise their families.

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