So, for 2013 I have started to go back to allowing myself a little more freedom with my drawings and paintings. I will probably always be a fairly "literal" artist in that I don't "do" abstract art. I can appreciate it and love the flow and feel of it, but am a more restrained artist myself.
But for the past couple of years I have been focusing on drawing birds and animals in a mostly lifelike manner. Trying to get the colors right and focusing on the animal itself. This year I am going to explore my own interpretations a little bit more and see what I can come up with.
I still like to add in all of the detail, but I think it will be more in a fanciful and determined way. My first batch of pieces (besides the large totem I am still working on) have come out of the kiln and been mounted and titled. You can see that I have taken liberties with the colors and have been working on creating an atmosphere with each little piece by expounding on the backgrounds and settings that each bird is in.
We will see where this takes me. I will probably still do some realistic birds to please the audience (and stay in practice) but I am really liking the freedom of color, pose, shape, etc you see in these pieces.