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Seagulls in the summer fly above the sea.
Treegulls in the autumn fly above the trees.
The dark clouds fill the once sunny sky
As the air gets cold and the leaves turn dry.
As the leaves fall down and cover the ground,
The gulls circle in the sky like a merry-go-round.

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Mixed media collage. The seagulls were first drawn in pencil, then painted in watercolour, then I cut them out. The background is a piece of newsprint paper that I crumpled for some texture, which I then painted in a mix of autumn colours. I placed the gulls on the scanner and held the background about 15mm above the scanner with some light shining through so that the shadow of the gulls would cast on the background, like trees below, while it blurs as the ‘moving’ gulls are in focus.

Here in Toronto, Canada it is Autumn. When it is sunny the leaves look beautiful; but often the sunshine is coming and going so moments of capturing the beauty of Autumn are often very short – and moments seeing birds in the most beautiful conditions are even shorter. This was my inspiration behind this piece. One day I saw many flocks of birds circling around in the sky like; sometimes like a merry-go round. Usually they were pigeons, but at one moment I caught a seagull above an autumn tree. As I looked back at this photo ‘treegulls’ came to mind; however, since the photo was not very good, I create an artwork instead – a nice change since lately I’ve mostly been posting photography. At this time of year it is common to see birds flying together since they are migrating.

It has also been YEARS since I painted – so the first time in over 5 years I took out my paints. As I took out my paints, it brought back some nostalgic memories – as well as some funny ones. You can read all about it here.

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Comments

  • © Pauline Wherrell
    © Pauline Wher...about 2 years ago

    Beautiful work Mui-Ling!

  • Thank you Pauline; wow that was very fast, I haven’t even started tagging lol! It also looks like you are the only one who has seen this so far… so you are my first viewer and commenter :) Will get back to you more later, but in the meantime, have a lovely weekend!

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehabout 2 years ago

    Seagulls in the summer fly above the sea.
    Treegulls in the autumn fly above the trees.
    The dark clouds fill the once sunny sky
    As the air gets cold and the leaves turn dry.
    As the leaves fall down and cover the ground,
    The gulls circle in the sky like a merry-go-round.

    Written yesterday, October 18, 2012.

    © Copyright Mui-Ling Teh. All rights reserved.

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    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Yannik Hay
    Yannik Hayabout 2 years ago

    Splendid :)

  • Malcolm Chant
    Malcolm Chantabout 2 years ago

    You have done a wonderful creative work here Mui-ling this in my opnion is the sign of real talent and forsight,

  • Rainy
    Rainyabout 2 years ago

    Lovely work Mui-Ling!

  • Thank you Rainy!

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackabout 2 years ago

    Lovely job MuiLing, and it seems a lot of work went into it….

  • © Pauline Wherrell
    © Pauline Wher...about 2 years ago

    Your iPhone case looks so beautiful too!

  • Kasia-D
    Kasia-Dabout 2 years ago

    I’m aways so in awe of your creativity. This is beautiful – but must be even more stunning to see the original!

  • Thank you Kasia. And yes, it was incredible to see it in person. I’ve seen several amazing things with my own eye but often don’t have my camera ready!

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Kasia-D
    Kasia-Dabout 2 years ago

    Wow, I just saw the iPhone case – that is must be a hit!!

  • Thank you Kasia; I could have put all four gulls on the case, but I kind of liked it better with only 2.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...about 2 years ago

    Very nicely done wahini…..
    my dove should fly over and our birds could be friends

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