Birds and What They Do

I like to portray birds. Because…

I like to watch birds in real life, in a casual kind of way – not to figure out a species or a type – I just like watching any kind of bird as it moves around our world.

Here are some bird tiles. The idea of being a bird has occurred to me and I wish I could figure out how to try it sometime. So far art is as far as I have gotten.

Commercially-made clay tiles, colored with Velvet underglazes, fired at cone 06, fall, 2018.

13 thoughts on “Birds and What They Do

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      I like birds too, just from an amateur standpoint, such as watching the ones around my house. I’ve always loved watching a group of them in flight.

  1. Scotty’s Keep

    I like your birds. I set out to make a choice, which was my favorite. But I can’t. The one with the fish brought back a memory of when wife and I were younger and pedaled a bicycle for two. We were always within a foot of each other, so we didn’t talk loud. Early one morning we startled a blue heron who was fishing in a roadside stream. He took flight, croaking like a frog. A baird call in reverse?

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      I am laughing, at the reverse bird call. And I often see herons in the park where I exercise several times a week (as long as it is not snowing or raining in winter!) – there is a creek running through it and several herons, which I see fairly often and I always enjoy it when I do.

  2. Laura (PA Pict)

    These are all fabulous and I understand your love of birds and why they appear so often in your artwork. I love seeing birds bobbing around in my backyard and out in the wild. I have enjoyed learning about new birds since moving to this new country. I use the Cornell Lab app on my phone. I think my favourite tile in this set is the flamboyant orange lady bird. It makes me think of a phoenix and I also like the anthropomorphism as I too would love to have the ability to fly. I like the wee cat in the corner too.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I have always wanted to fly like a bird ever since I can remember, and I wondered when I was small if there were a way to work it out that I just had not heard of, but so far…nothing new on that front. To me they are a symbol of freedom and being able to go away from the place where you don’t belong to the one where you do.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I love this current way I’m doing tiles. With the negative space painting of the underglazes. It frees me up. I like these birds and I think they are a ton of fun to do.

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