Here, finally, is my first official piece of 2014. I've called it "Thrush," after the bird. In Ontario, the most common thrush is a robin.

From Wikipedia: "Thrushes are plump, soft-plumaged, small to medium-sized birds... Most species are grey or brown in colour, often with speckled underparts... Both parents help in raising the young. The songs of some species are considered to be among the most beautiful in the avian world."

Their taxonomic family is the melodious (at least to my ears) Turdidae, which I chanced to discover is also -- bear with me here -- the root of the Spanish verb aturdir (French ├ętourdir and Italian stordire), meaning moving in a stunned, dazed, or scrambled manner, just like a thrush.

The figure in the foreground is all thrush to me. His face is appealing. It's warm and not unhappy. It conveys an everyday kind of awkwardness and aturdimiento. He seems to be going about his business in meaningful but not overburdening self-reflection.

At the same time I wonder if he's obvious and overly defined? Does he "sit" well stylistically with the rest of the work. Does he detract from what's revealed over his shoulder and into the horizon?

Mixed media on panel
36" x 36"


  1. I think the "thrushing" foreground figure gives more energy or punch to the focal point. Or maybe there are two focal points here: the figure's face and the intense buildings etc. where the street converges in perspective. If you block out either area with your hand, the resulting composition has less impact than the combination of them. Good work, and sorry for not responding to this sooner. Too much snow-shovelling to do!


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