One of my all-time favorite songs is All Along the Watchtower, written by Bob Dylan and performed by Jimi Hendrix (the best version). For years, the lyrics "There must be some kind of way out of here, said the joker to the thief " have been teasing my brain, wanting to come forth in a painting.
The more I learned about magpies and their love of stealing shiny objects, the more this image came together. Note the key, the sliver of blue sky, and the open cage - all metaphors for finding “some way out of here.”
This painting combines the exacting realism of the bird and objects with an unrestrained abstract finish on the background - an effect achieved with broad, loose strokes of paint textured with lightly scratched lyrics. And since I obviously couldn’t get an actual magpie for my scene, I researched the birds extensively and then sculpted my subject out of foam to ensure the shadows would fall perfectly
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