I love trawling through second hand and charity shops, and recently found this tattered old vintage music book dated 1901.
The book was falling apart, but I have a weakness for old books of any kind, so took it home to see if I could salvage something and use it for art.
I felt that the pages, laden with music notes, would make a perfect backdrop for a little bird painting.
I decided to experiment using a stencil, so as to create a similar artwork many times. Because one of my favourite birds here in midwest America is the chickadee, this is the bird I chose.
They are such cheeky, busy little creatures, but also have the most adorable lilting song and gorgeous markings with the little black cap and beady, bright eyes.
I’m doing many versions, including a stylized one, and a more natural one – depending on the layout and type of music notes.
I’m putting them into these just-as-cute frames, and they are for sale in my online shop: LizaPaizis.com
They have been very popular in the galleries, so much so that I’ve explored doing another type of bird: The Raven, and what better backdrop than Edgar Allen Poe’s dark narrative poem of the same name?
Using a base outline giglee print of my raven sketch over an excerpt of the poem, I paint an original artwork of Raven, Moon and Flowers. Again, each one is different, and comes in a budget frame, available in my Shop.
This, and the Chick-a-Dee art, would make wonderful gifts for bird lovers, or an Edgar Allen Poe aficionado!