John James Audubon decided in 1820 at age 35 to paint pictures of every bird in North America. The world over experts agree that with his work he achieved "a masterpiece of both artistic and scientific merit". I bought his book "Birds of America" long ago because I like that his renderings of birds are often a little strange or even scary. Not your run-of-the-mill sweet songbirds.
I made the decision to use some of his images as a base for a couple of paintings and add my personal style to them (which often means let's give these birds human legs!)
Now that I look at the result it seems as I painted them under the influence of psychedelic drugs ( which of course didn't happen because 1) I am not that fun, 2) my only drug of choice is large amounts of sugar and 3) I moved to California way after the 60s were over).
Google tells me that in the best case psychedelics can make you experience "brighter colors, brilliant and intense sensory perceptions...visions of fantastically vivid images and a feeling of euphoria or bliss..." and it is a good description of what I am trying to achieve with my art. Take a look for yourself:
James's Fresh Water Marsh Hen:
Isabelle's Fresh Water Marsh Hen:
James's Great American Hen:
Isabelle's Great American Hen: