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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Ninteenth Page Spread in Roz's 2011 Fake Journal

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Above, the ninteenth page spread in my 2011 fake journal created on April 19. (Note: She scanned one of her pigeon sketches and printed it on Infinity watercolor paper using 4 of the 5 to try out color tests with gouache. The images were perforated and glued into the journal before being painted.)

The text below the images reads:
April 19, 2011  4:40 p.m.
"When I go looking for a new bird species, I'm searching for a mostly lost authenticity, for the remnants of a world now largely overrun by human beings but still beautifully indifferent to us; to glimpse a rare bird somehow persisting in its life of breeding and feeding is an enduringly transcendent delight." Jonathan Franzen, "Farther Away," New Yorker April 18, 2011

For me I have that transcendent delight when I see an invasive species, like pigeons persisting…adapting to the mess man has made. Sure I would love to see always the rare bird, and to know they will survive…but the invasive species also speaks to the power of adaptability and survival urge of nature. And I can be reminded daily!


freebird said...

I love the design element of bird after bird. I rather admire pigeons for being able to adapt so well to mankind. My grandfather's pigeon would ride on his shoulder as he walked to the trolley stop and then fly home when he boarded. They are very clever birds.

journalrat said...

Freebird, I'm really glad to hear that pigeons are clever as I've thought so, but only had limited time with them (at the State Fair, with friends' birds, that sort of thing). They are one of my favorite birds. It was a little bit of a joke that the first thing I drew when I went to France was of course—a Pigeon!!! (It was on a French Statue of course.)

Melinda Bilecki said...

What a wonderful page spread! I love the quote from Jonathan Franzen. He's one of my very favorite writers. How did you make the perforations??

journalrat said...

Melinda, thanks, I hope you get a chance to read Franzen's article in the New Yorker. It is really well done.

I hold to the old technology—I have a perforator.