"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? Click to buy an eco-friendly print.