September 16, 2016

Common Grackle

Common Grackle bird
"Common Grackle", acrylic paint and collage on recycled paper, 6" x 6".

I chose to paint the Common Grackle in this bird series because I found it to be anything but common. The Grackle has a beautiful iridescent sheen to its feathers that I've only really seen in hummingbirds, fish, and beetles. It also has piercing yellow eyes that caught my attention.
What I didn't know is that our neighboring city Lancaster is apparently full of flocks of Common Grackles. How did I not spot them before?

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