When Sue and I were in Sonora, Mexico several years ago on an artist’s expedition my artist friend Wes Siegrist shared a photo he had taken of an oriole on large orange blossoms. Having told me where to look, I later found that African Tulip Tree in bloom! I stood quietly near by, focusing my binoculars on the large blossoms that were attracting several species of birds – but it was the orioles that really got my attention. Here are some of the sketches and notes I used to create and compose “Sonora Orange- Hooded & Streak-backed Orioles”. Taking note of the order in which the sketches were made may gives some insight as to how I came up with the idea and pulled the elements together into a final composition.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum purchase 2013