May 2012 Juried Invitational Exhibition
This painting of the Florida Scrub Jay was inspired by another one of Larry Bakers wonderful photo capture http://www.redbubble.com/people/labaker/works/7... He has a wonderful gift of capturing the life and soul of our fine feathered friends and I am thankful for his kindness in letting me use these photos as a reference for painting… This one was done with watercolor, acrylic and color pencils on an 6 × 8 inch watercolor arches board.
p.s. I tried to use the juice from a blueberry for painting however it just did not work(lol)….
The Scrub Jay totem teaches lessons of adaptation to situations and learning quickly with a high intelligence. They give access to memories long forgotten and show how to bring them into awareness. The Scrub Jay shows how to balance the feelings and emotions. Awareness is only part of the transition, the other part is finding heart-centered compassion. Bold and inquisitive the Scrub Jay has a penchant for investigating, adapting and learning new ideas and concepts. Their creative intelligence uncovers sacred interconnections with all things. Mental growth aids spiritual growth…..The Florida Scrub Jay one of Florida’s friendliest songbirds, as well as one of its most threatened. In 1987, the situation was serious enough that the Florida scrub jay was classified as a threatened species due to much of its natural habitat being developed into agricultural and urban use. The ideal scrub jay habitat is oaks with sparse vegetation. As the scrub jay habitat becomes more scarce, the birds are seemingly able to adapt, and to live in recreational and residential regions as long as some scrub, open or green areas exist nearby.