I am an avid bird enthusiast. Given the Chicago climate, I find myself gazing outward, seeking connection to the outdoors and the beauty of nature that exists, even on the coldest of winter days.
I have become a curator of sorts, having researched the feeding habits of some of my favorite feathered friends. I customize my seed to attract specific breeds; Thistle for the gold-finch and dark eyed junco, mixed nuts for the woodpeckers, chickadees and nuthatches, and black oiled sunflower, for the blazing red cardinal. Outside my window is a veritable gallery of natures masterpieces.
One of my favorite frequent visitors, is the spectacular Red Bellied Woodpecker. He is a gorgeous fellow, about 12" tall, and is about as striking an image of texture, pattern and color as any traditional artistic medium could offer.
Designer Josh Brills has captured the essence and beauty of these delicate creatures in a limited edition print series titled: "The Flora Fauna: Birds Editions". Offered by Lumadessa, each collection in a limited edition quantity of 50, is digitally printed on archival paper, then signed and numbered by the artist. I love these modernist works of art! Josh has several other interesting collections as well titled Extinct Editions, and Flora Fauna: Mammal Editions. They are highly stylized and collectible, and to top it off, 5% of profits are donated to Animal and Environmental charities. Doesn't get any better than that.
All artwork images courtesy of www. Lumadessa.com
Red-bellied woodpecker photograph by Ken Thomas