Catholic Birder

Birds have had my attention for over 30 years. God for just a few. Before birds were a passion. Now they are a confirmation. Saint Francis of Assisi, patron of birds, pray for us.

November 15, 2005

Artist With a Bird's-Eye View

Facinating story about an oil panter and his work on exhibit here in DC at the Adamson Gallery. "The Nest" includes 17 of William Newman's oils depicting the life of a group of grackles who nest in the tube that rests against the shower window in his house in NW Washington. Here is the sample published in today's Washington Post.

Unlike so many "field guide" caricatures of birds, these paintings really capture what it is like to view birds in less than perfect conditions.



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My little sisters, the birds, much bounden are ye unto God, your Creator, and always in every place ought ye to praise Him, for that He hath given you liberty to fly about everywhere, and hath also given you double and triple rainment; moreover He preserved your seed in the ark of Noah, that your race might not perish out of the world; still more are ye beholden to Him for the element of the air which He hath appointed for you; beyond all this, ye sow not, neither do you reap; and God feedeth you, and giveth you the streams and fountains for your drink; the mountains and valleys for your refuge and the high trees whereon to make your nests; and because ye know not how to spin or sow, God clotheth you, you and your children; wherefore your Creator loveth you much, seeing that He hath bestowed on you so many benefits; and therefore, my little sisters, beware of the sin of ingratitude, and study always to give praises unto God. Saint Francis of Assisi - c 1220

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