Sunday, December 04, 2005

Blue


The blue-footed booby is a comical-looking tropical seabird with bright blue webbed feet.
Breeding begins with elaborate courtship displays by the male. He flies around his territory, flaunting his blue feet in an exaggerated high-stepping walk, and presents pieces of nest material to the female. After making a courtship flight, the male flashes his feet at the female as he lands. Then each bird tilts its bill up towards the sky and the male gives a piercing whistle. The female responds with groaning calls, and mating follows shortly afterwards.

The blue-footed booby got its name from the spanish word bobo, which means stupid fellow. Its lack of fear and clumsiness on land has made the species vulnerable to man.

Information from - http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu

Acrylic paint on an 8X8 inch board.

29 Comments:

At December 04, 2005 1:55 PM, Blogger zordis said...

Wrealy nice work. Love the colours and its a funny peace.

Love the colours!

 
At December 04, 2005 2:57 PM, Blogger carla said...

There you go again...now what is that booby doing on the ironing board. I thought he said he's do the cooking and the grocery shopping, but never laundry and ironing! I love how you put these things togather! I also like the interlocking blocks of color that belnd when they meet... I am really curious where these images come from, especially if you are starting out with a blank canvas.

 
At December 04, 2005 3:54 PM, Blogger Caroline said...

tee hee you didn't let the fact that the subject was blue limit your colour choices! I love how colourful your pictures are in both pigement and content.

 
At December 04, 2005 4:31 PM, Blogger gudbrandsdottir said...

Lovely mixture of colours, both in this work as in the others I can see on your page.
You have really great ideas!

 
At December 04, 2005 4:52 PM, Blogger andrea said...

Clever, bold and beautiful! (And full of humour!) How did you make those letters? Can you buy large stencils? I wanted to do that with a recent collage but never made the time to figure that one out.

 
At December 04, 2005 5:08 PM, Blogger Anonymous said...

I love how you place endangered species in man’s (woman’s) world! Your choice of colours further depicts the surreal in your work. Excellent – I love it :)

 
At December 04, 2005 5:09 PM, Blogger Jaimie said...

Andrea
Those letters were made with rubber stamp alphabet letters and diluted acrylic paint.
thanks for your kind comments!

 
At December 04, 2005 5:58 PM, Blogger ValGalArt said...

I always love your work!

 
At December 04, 2005 9:19 PM, Blogger Alina Chau said...

Great painting!! Love the bird and how you handle the composition!!

 
At December 05, 2005 7:04 AM, Blogger vfm4 said...

another fable animal... lovely bright colors! :)

 
At December 05, 2005 9:08 AM, Blogger Sally said...

I can't believe you already go this done. And it's gorgeous!

 
At December 05, 2005 9:36 AM, Anonymous sarah c said...

i love him! i was just reading an article about the Galapagos in Smithsonian recently and that bird (that exact one, with the passion for ironing) was in there!
Bravo!!!

 
At December 05, 2005 9:42 AM, Blogger creative kismet said...

WOW, this is stunning! Beautiful colors as always! The blue-footed booby bird on a ironing board! Excellent idea!

 
At December 05, 2005 12:30 PM, Blogger kay susan said...

Oh I like this! Really colourful, but with the BLUE accent - nice. Please, why is the booby on an ironing board?

 
At December 06, 2005 8:21 AM, Blogger Dee said...

One of my favorite animals. :) I like how you use color, and an interlayered style with your pieces. All the different lines keep the eye moving all over the piece. Very nice.

 
At December 06, 2005 9:57 AM, Anonymous Elaine said...

I just love those blue feet - a delicious illu - I would hope the more refined male bird brings his ladyfriend some Jimmy Choos after all that foot flaunting and mincing about (nest building material - pah!) lol

 
At December 06, 2005 11:48 AM, Blogger Duncan said...

Lovely painting and informative too - I presume he's on the ironing board because he's a stupid fellow.

 
At December 06, 2005 3:58 PM, Blogger doodlegirl said...

wow! i love your colors!!! You do wonderful work!!! I'd happily hang your artwork on my walls anyime!!

 
At December 06, 2005 8:05 PM, Blogger johnnynorms said...

Marvellous! Original and funny in great colours.

 
At December 07, 2005 12:02 AM, Blogger Karin said...

I recently actually saw a blue footed booby - near Sayulita, Mexico. They really do have very blue feet!
Your colors are so rich. Thank you for commenting on my piece, as well! :-)

 
At December 07, 2005 4:32 AM, Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

I'm with Carla. I'd like a little family history on this booby. It surprises me that he(?) is apparently about to do the ironing. Is he on anti-depressants? Does he yearn to be as formal as a penguin in a tux? WHAT is the story?

 
At December 07, 2005 12:46 PM, Blogger Jaimie said...

Well the fanciful story could be, this booby failed to impress the female with his prancing and strutting and blue feet, so he's attempting to attract her by showing off his domestic skills.
The true story is that when I saw the topic on Friday, the first thing that popped into my brain was a blue-footed booby, which I think I became acquainted with while reading Kurt Vonnegut's Galapagos.
The ironing board came from another section of my brain.
Thanks for all your wonderful feedback everyone!

 
At December 07, 2005 5:28 PM, Blogger Courtney said...

your surreal compositions with the bold colors and geometric shapes are always wonderful. i love the story behind this one, silly bird, how's he going to hold that iron?

 
At December 07, 2005 6:59 PM, Blogger scott said...

do the words, like, mean something?
oh I don't mean that to sound exactly like it sounds.
that's another great, colourful work.
and so just right and blue
love the planets lining up outside.
you have a fine eye for a booby lover.
:)
love scott, also a blue footed booby lover

 
At December 08, 2005 1:18 AM, Blogger LDahl said...

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At December 08, 2005 1:23 AM, Blogger LDahl said...

Always a treat, always a treat!!
I love seeing what you have done!
You are in the famous "Now for something completely different" category. Thank YOU for the beautiful fun.
One would have to be a booby to hang out around an ironing board...
you must understand, I HATE ironing!:)))
Hey, it looks like the blue iron pressed the shapes in his blue feet. Hmmmm

 
At December 08, 2005 7:46 AM, Blogger Raymond Larose said...

This is the first time I come across your work. I went looking through the history of your works and I just love the color and style you use!

 
At December 09, 2005 12:21 AM, Blogger Fancy World said...

Brilliant. I really love your work!

 
At December 14, 2005 7:25 AM, Blogger Adamea said...

wonderful painting!!!

 

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