Anyway, the magpies are well under way at this point and it has been nice to do a painting that is a combination of still life, landscape, and animals as opposed to just "crap on a table." I am sure people have pretty much figured out that the two magpies represent Kate and I. One is presenting the other with a gift of something shiny, and as well all know, chicks like shiny things. I guess it's appropriate as Kate and I just had our 6th anniversary of being under contract. That's right everyone, I have legally owned half of Kate's stuff for six years. The only catch to that is, she owns half of my vintage Star Wars figure collection (yes, I have over 40 figures I collected as a kid that are still mint in the box). I know we will always be together if its only to keep the collection whole.
In addition, I have really enjoyed setting up a little ecosystem for my new little friends. Eventually, I will have to create a landscape background. You can see some of the stages below, but the painting still has a ways to go.
And I know people are going to ask where I got the birds, well, welcome the wide world of Craigslist. Whether it's a taxidermy bird or a casual encounter, Craigslist has something for everyone.