Wednesday, November 9, 2011

New Painting!

You don't actually get to see the new painting, but you DO get to see its beginning.  Namely, this guy:

African Weaver Bird

Weaver bird here is going to be the main character in my new painting.  But he's going to be doing much more than make little teardrop shaped apartments out of straw.

What is important to know about these guys is that they build without anyone ever teaching them how.  That is, they have an instinct for it, and the female birds choose their mates according to who builds the best house.  Better houses = shelter from the weather, and safety from predators = baby birdies live, the species continues, etc, etc.

We are not unlike these guys, but we think we are.  Humans choose mates based on all kinds of material stuff now.  Big, nice houses are not excluded.  The difference is you don't necessarily have to build the house to get the girl.

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